08/04/2011 5:25PM

Saratoga: Coil, Shackleford back to work

Barbara D. Livingston
Shackleford, at Saratoga on Thursday, could return in the Travers.

Coil and Shackleford, the one-two finishers in the Haskell, returned to the track Thursday morning at Saratoga, each jogging over the main track as they prepare for a possible rematch in the $1 million Travers Stakes here Aug. 27.

Coil was on the track around 7:30. Shackleford came out after the break and jogged two miles.

“He’s feeling great, full of himself,” Terranova said of Coil “He’s such a big, solid horse.”

Trainer Dale Romans said Shackleford “looked happy” on the track. Romans said he is still considering the Travers as well as the Woodward, a race against older horses a week later for Shackleford.

Dutrow will be able to run 

Richard Dutrow Jr. will be able to run horses for the foreseeable future while the New York State Racing and Wagering Board reviews his application to renew his trainer’s license.

Dutrow’s license was set to expire Friday. On Monday, he filed the proper paperwork to renew his license and received what is known as a “valid receipt” while his application is reviewed, according to a State Racing and Wagering Board spokesman, who said this is standard protocol in any license or license renewal application.

In June, Dutrow was called before the board to show why his license should not be suspended or terminated because of a history of violations that includes a 90-day suspension for a positive medication test and for the finding of loaded syringes in the desk drawer of his office at Aqueduct. That hearing lasted three days.

Lawyers are still filing paperwork in that case, and a ruling by the board isn’t expected until September at the earliest.

Dutrow, who turned 52 on Friday, is scheduled to run Rail Trip in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney Handicap Invitational.

Plum Pretty, St. John’s River work

St. John’s River, the Delaware Oaks winner, and the Plum Pretty, the Kentucky Oaks winner, put in workouts Thursday morning over Saratoga’s main track.

St. John’s River, under jockey Robby Albarado, went six furlongs in 1:14.54. Breaking off at the six-furlong pole, St. John’s River went in fractions of 12.99 seconds, 25.58, 37.88, and 50.15 before getting her final quarter in 24.39 seconds. It was the second of what will be three works here for St. John’s River, who is trained by Andrew Leggio Jr.

Just as St. John’s River was galloping out, Plum Pretty was beginning her move, working four furlongs in 47.87 seconds while galloping out five furlongs in 1:00.17.

“She looks like she came out of that last race really well,” said trainer John Terranova, who oversaw the breeze for Plum Pretty’s trainer, Bob Baffert.

Terranova said Baffert and owner John Fort will probably decide after a breeze next week if Plum Pretty will start in the Alabama.

* Hall of Fame jockey Jose Santos and author Bill Heller will be at the track Saturday to sign copies of their book, “Above it All: The Turbulent Life of Jose Santos.’’ The signing will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. near the Carousel. All proceeds will go to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.