08/14/2013 5:42PM

Saratoga: My Miss Aurelia transferred to Pletcher

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.

Wabstat More than 1 year ago
Java's War needs turf, duh
Michael Griffiths More than 1 year ago
It's back to training those $5K claimers again, Cash, the rich just got richer
John Nicoletti More than 1 year ago
They move the horse from Asmussen to Pletcher.? The horse has not raced since March? Obviously, there is some issues with thorse. Owner's, sometimes have a tendency to be impatient. I know, I was a owner.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Poor Ol' Pletch had two empty stalls so put out the call.
MD23 More than 1 year ago
Before I write what I think, I want to make clear I am not slamming Todd Pletcher or his barn in any way. Now...I can't think of the last time I saw a horse make an overwhelming improvement when he or she is transferred to Pletcher's barn. Seeing this move usually makes me roll my eyes. There are many good trainers besides Todd Pletcher and if owner's think that their horses are magically going to become champions because of a trainer switch....they can dream on and be dissapointed come race time. It's not that easy.
Rob More than 1 year ago
This son of Jess must be one hell of a horses rear end.
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
MORE PLETCHER Is he the only barn with the SECRET !! no horse shortage in that barn