08/14/2013 5:42PM

Saratoga: My Miss Aurelia transferred to Pletcher

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Barbara D. Livingston
My Miss Aurelia , the champion 2-year-old filly of 2011, will now be trained by Todd Pletcher.

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My Miss Aurelia, the juvenile filly champion of 2011 who is unraced since March, was shipped to Saratoga on Wednesday and will now be trained by Todd Pletcher. My Miss Aurelia, owned by Stonestreet Stable and George Bolton, previously had been trained by Steve Asmussen.

My Miss Aurelia finished third in the Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn in March and shortly thereafter was shipped to Stonestreet Farm in Florida. She has had four workouts at the farm, including a five-furlong move in 1:01 on Aug. 9 before shipping to Saratoga.

“Apparently she’s had several works there, came in in great shape, looks good,” Pletcher said. “We’ll gallop her for a week and see where she is and breeze her and go from there.”

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Last year, My Miss Aurelia did not start her 3-year-old campaign until Aug. 8. She won the Cotillion and finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic before running third in the Grade 1 La Brea.

Pletcher said there are no plans yet for My Miss Aurelia.

“We have no concrete objective other than to run her when we feel like she’s doing well,” Pletcher said.

Java’s War joins Tagg’s barn

Java’s War, winner of the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes, was scratched out of Wednesday’s $100,000 Stroll Stakes at Saratoga and has been transferred by owner Charles Fipke from trainer Ken McPeek to Barclay Tagg.

A few weeks ago, McPeek said that Java’s War was being considered for the Travers Stakes. Tagg, on Wednesday, said he did not yet have a plan for Java’s War, who finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby and last in the Swaps.

Tagg said that he wanted to train Java’s War for a little while before deciding where to run him.

Meanwhile, McPeek said he plans to run War Dancer in the $1 million Travers Stakes. War Dancer, a son of War Front, is coming off a head victory over Charming Kitten in the Grade 2 Virginia Derby at 1 1/4 miles on turf. In his only start on dirt, he finished fourth in a maiden race at Gulfstream Park in his second career start.

“I think the distance is suitable,” McPeek said. “He works well on the dirt. I just haven’t really tried him on it much.”

On Sunday, War Dancer worked five furlongs in 1:03.22 over the Oklahoma training track.