07/31/2011 3:09PM

Saratoga: Four Whitney workers go out on busy morning

Barbara D. Livingston
Mission Impazible had jockey Javier Castellano aboard for his workout Sunday.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - More than 180 horses turned in timed workouts over a fast main track here on Sunday morning, including four tuning up Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney.

Mission Impazible, Rodman, and Giant Oak all worked five furlongs following the renovation break, while Duke Of Mischief went a half mile in his first breeze over the track since arriving from his Calder base earlier in the week.

Mission Impazible, with Javier Castellano aboard, went five-eighths in 1:00.62 while posting fractions of 23.54 seconds and 47.50, according to Daily Racing Form’s David Grening. Mission Impazible has not started since he was beaten a neck by Pool Play in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster on June 18 at Churchill Downs.

“It was a good maintenance work,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “The horse is doing well and he’s ready to go. It looks like it’s going to be a pretty full field in the Whitney, which is not surprise since the division is wide open and it’s a Grade 1 with a $750,000 purse. Everyone wants to take a shot.”

Rodman zipped five furlongs in 59.80 for trainer Michael Hushion with internal fractions of 24.40 and 35.60. Rodman finished a tiring third after setting the pace into the stretch of the Grade 2 Suburban in his last start.

“The work this morning was pretty standard for him,” said Hushion. “He usually goes between 59 and change and 1:01. He went a little faster than I would have liked, but he had a target in front of him and it’s okay because the work was six days out before the race, not five, which I kind of like.”

Hushion said he doesn’t want to see Rodman in front again in the Whitney.

“I’m looking for someone else to set the pace to give him something to run at,” said Hushion.

Hushion confirmed that Edgar Prado, who guided Rodman to several victories earlier in his career, will be back aboard on Saturday.

Duke of Mischief was timed in 46.98 by Daily Racing Form for his half-mile work, with an opening quarter in 23.36. He galloped out five-eighths in 1:00.16 under exercise rider Nick Esler.

“I didn’t think he’d gone that fast,” said trainer David Fawkes. “But I thought he went really well and got over the track nicely. Nick said he was still feeling his way around a little bit, but all in all he seems to be coming into the race real good.”

Duke of Mischief finished fourth after taking the lead in early stretch in the Stephen Foster.

Giant Oak, a late-running fifth in the Stephen Foster, worked five panels in a crisp 58.97 for trainer Chris Block. It was the fastest by a full second of 47 works on Sunday’s tab.

• Other workers of note over the main track on Sunday morning included Rattlesnake Bridge (Travers), four furlongs in 50.50; Champagne D’Oro (Honorable Miss), four furlongs in 47.65; Ava K (Test), four furlongs in 51.06; Roman Treasure (Test), five-eighths in 1:01.16; and Trappe Shot (Vanderbilt), four furlongs in 49.15.