08/16/2011 4:33PM

Saratoga: Garcia impressed with Plum Pretty after drill

Tom Keyser
Plum Pretty worked five furlongs in 1:03.12 on Tuesday at Saratoga as she prepared for Saturday's Grade 1 Alabama.

Jockey Martin Garcia flew cross-country Monday in order to work a couple of horses that trainer Bob Baffert is pointing to upcoming stakes races. While the miserable weather and track conditions prompted Baffert to postpone Haskell winner Coil’s Tuesday workout, Garcia took Plum Pretty for an early morning spin around Saratoga’s sloppy main track.

Working shortly after 6 a.m., Plum Pretty, the Kentucky Oaks winner, went five furlongs in 1:03.12, according to track clockers. She was caught in fractions of 13 seconds for the opening eighth, 37.40 for three furlongs, and she galloped out six furlongs in 1:16.40.

“I think she’s better than before,” Garcia said, referring to Plum Pretty’s second-place finish to It’s Tricky in the Coaching Club American Oaks here July 24. “Man, she feels really good.”

Garcia said he thought Plum Pretty “got a little bit tired” in the Coaching Club in which she was beaten just three-quarters of a length by It’s Tricky. Garcia thinks with that race under her belt and some additional training here, Plum Pretty should be ready to go.

“I hope there isn’t that much speed in the race,” Garcia said. “As long as she’s relaxed, it doesn’t matter where she is, but she’s better pretty close” to the pace.

Street Game suffered foot injury

Street Game, who finished last as the 2-1 favorite in last Friday’s Grade 2 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes, suffered a foot injury in the race that will sideline him for at least a month.

Trainer Phil Serpe said that Street Game tore his right front frog, the bottom part of a horse’s foot that acts like a shock absorber, in the race. Serpe said Street Game would likely walk for several weeks while that part of the foot grows back.

“We fitted him with a bar shoe,” Serpe said. “It usually takes 30 to 45 days before it all grows back in. We’ll be in a holding pattern for a little while.”

Street Game, a 3-year-old New York-bred son of Street Cry, won the Grade 3 Hill Prince at Belmont in June. He finished fifth in the Virginia Derby in his start before the Hall of Fame Stakes.

Little Mike rehabbing; targets 2012

Little Mike, winner of three graded stakes at Gulfstream Park during the winter, is a couple of weeks away from returning to trainer Dale Romans’s barn to begin preparing for a 2012 campaign, breeder Carlo Vaccarezza said.

In the spring, Little Mike suffered a non-displaced fracture of the right front cannonbone for which he underwent surgery by Dr. Larry Bramlage. Little Mike has been rehabbing at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., where he walks on an underwater treadmill.

Vaccarezza said that at the end of the month, Little Mike will undergo an ultrasound and if all goes as expected, he will be shipped to Romans’s Churchill Downs barn.

“At worst, we’ll be ready for Gulfstream,” said Vaccarezza, whose wife Priscilla is listed as the owner. “We’ll try and go back to the same three races he won.”

Little Mike went 3 for 4 at Gulfstream, with wins in the Fort Lauderdale, Canadian Turf, and Appleton – all Grade 3 stakes races. His only loss came in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap at 1 1/8 miles.