08/21/2017 1:36PM

Sadler's Joy solid in work for Sword Dancer

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Sadler's Joy, shown winning the Pan American Stakes, will go in Saturday's Grade 1 Sword Dancer.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Trainer Tom Albertrani doesn’t typically use a jockey to work his horses, but on Monday, Julien Leparoux put Sadler’s Joy through a five-furlong work in 1:01.88 over the Saratoga main track. Sadler’s Joy is pointing to Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Sword Dancer.

Albertrani said he has been shorthanded with help and that since Leparoux will ride the horse Saturday, he had him work the colt Monday. Leparoux won the Grade 2 Pan American on Sadler’s Joy in April at Gulfstream.

“I thought he worked really well this morning, quickened up down the lane and galloped out nice,” Albertrani said. Leparoux “was pretty happy with the horse.”

Sadler’s Joy recorded his first career victory here last summer and most recently finished third, beaten a half-length by Hunter O’Riley, in the Grade 2 Bowling Green. Hunter O’Riley and Bowling Green runner-up Bigger Picture are expected for the Sword Dancer, along with Money Multiplier, Frank Conversation, and the European shippers Erupt and Idaho.

In other stakes Saturday:

◗ American Anthem, winner of the Grade 2 Woody Stephens; the undefeated Coal Front; and Practical Joke head the expected field for the Grade 1, $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial (formerly the King’s Bishop) for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.

Others expected to run include Ann Arbor Eddie, Excitations, No Dozing, Takaful, Tale of Silence, and Wild Shot.

◗ Drefong, last year’s King’s Bishop winner, will be on the same flight as his Bob Baffert-trained stablemate American Anthem as he is scheduled to head the field in the Grade 1, $600,000 Forego. The defending Eclipse Award-winning sprinter should face a field that includes Awesome Slew, Divining Rod, Mind Your Biscuits, Ross, Tale of S’avall, Tom’s Ready, Tommy Macho, and Very Very Stella. Bird Song and Stallwalkin’ Dude are possible.

Limousine Liberal will skip the Forego in favor of the Grade 2 Phoenix on Oct. 6 at Keeneland, trainer Ben Colebrook said Monday.

◗ Trainer Chad Brown is expected to run just Antonoe and Roca Rojo in the Grade 2, $400,000 Ballston Spa Stakes. He said that after the way Lady Eli worked Sunday in company with Antonoe, he was tempted to run her as well but is likely to wait until the Grade 1 Flower Bowl on Oct. 8 at Belmont Park. Fourstar Crook, another Brown trainee, could be cross-entered in the Ballston Spa and Friday’s Yaddo.

Others expected for the Ballston Spa are Dickinson, Time and Motion, and possibly On Leave and Harmonize.