08/05/2012 4:21PM

Saratoga: Data Link sharpens for Fourstardave

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Barbara D. Livingston
Data Link had a sharp four-furlong workout in 46.39 seconds Sunday in preparation for Saturday's Fourstardave at Saratoga.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The Oklahoma turf course is normally closed for training on weekends throughout the summer at Saratoga although it was open on Sunday morning to allow horses preparing for upcoming stakes to work.  Perhaps the word didn’t get out.

Only one trainer took advantage of the special session, Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey, who sent out his Grade 1 winner Data Link to work a very sharp half-mile in 46.39 seconds in preparation for next Saturday’s Grade 2 Fourstardave.

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 Data Link is coming off a one-length victory over Get Stormy in the Grade 2 Monmouth on June 10. He registered his most important victory eight weeks earlier when capturing the Grade 1 Makers 46 Mark at Keeneland.

“It was a good work,” said McGaughey. “I asked for 48 but I knew it wouldn’t be that down on the inside there. He was going easy. I thought he was moving good and he wanted to run off coming home. All signs are go.”   

McGaughey said he knows a strong field is shaping up for the Fourstardave but is confident Date Link will run well with a good trip.

“It’s going to be a tough race going a flat mile. You got Wise Dan and Get Stormy, but I think he’s that kind of horse,” said McGaughey. “They’re going to be going fast so I think he’ll be able to close into it.”

Trainer Chad Brown also worked his Fourstardave hopeful Corporate Jungle at Oklahoma on Sunday but earlier in the morning over the training track, not the turf. Corporate Jungle, who had his three-race win streak snapped in his last start when fifth in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park, breezed a half-mile in 48.88 over a fast strip.

“Working on the dirt is standard for him,” said Brown. “He normally works on the dirt, not the turf. He handles it well. I think he worked super. I couldn’t be happier with the horse.  I think he’s sitting on a big one. I’m focused on this race, I’m bringing in a horse who is real fast on the numbers and real good right now and to be honest, I don’t care who else is running in there. He was a little unlucky in his last race. He had a wide trip.”

Other horses of note to work over the main track on Sunday included trainer Todd Pletcher’s  pair of Stay Thirsty, a half-mile in 49.22 in preparation for a possible start in the Grade 1 Woodward, and his stablemate In Lingerie, four furlongs in  48.48, for the Grade 1 Alabama.