08/12/2013 4:45PM

Saratoga notes: Corfu, Wired Bryan may get rematch in Hopeful Stakes

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Tom Keyser
Corfu (right) beat Wired Bryan by a nose in Sunday's Saratoga Special. They might meet again Sept. 2 in the Hopeful Stakes.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Not long ago, running a 2-year-old three times at the Saratoga meet was commonplace. More recently, it’s almost blasphemy to think that such a thing could happen.

In a potential blast from the past, Corfu and Wired Bryan, separated by a nose in Sunday’s Grade 2 Saratoga Special, could meet again in the Grade 1 Hopeful here Sept. 2, according to their connections. It would be the third start of the meet for both horses.

Corfu, who held off Wired Bryan despite setting blistering early fractions, has bounced out of the race so well that trainer Todd Pletcher has the Hopeful on his mind for the son of Malibu Moon, who won his debut here July 25.

“I’ve been impressed by how quickly he bounces out of his races,” said Pletcher, who won his first Saratoga Special on Sunday. “As long as he continues to train well and behave like he was this morning, I’d say he’s indicating that running back is a good possibility.”

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Wired Bryan, who won the Grade 2 Sanford on July 24, came back with another strong effort in the Saratoga Special. Michael Dilger, trainer of Wired Bryan, said he would give the Hopeful strong consideration as well.

“We’ll have the same approach as we had for the Special – we’ll see how he is, we’ll take it day by day,” Dilger said. “I was happy with the way he galloped out yesterday. I wouldn’t be overly concerned about moving up to seven furlongs. We’ll make the decision as it goes on.”

Danza, the third-place finisher trained by Pletcher, could be a candidate for the Hopeful or the Iroquois Stakes at Churchill on Sept. 7.

Fiftyshadesofgold has minor issues

Fiftyshadesofgold, the 1-5 favorite who got shut off in the stretch of Sunday’s Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes, came out of the race with some cuts and a swollen ankle, but her trainer, Bret Calhoun, doesn’t believe the issues to be serious.

“She’s got a few cuts on her and a blown-up hind ankle; I think it’s a superficial,” Calhoun said. “She’s a little stiff, but I don’t think it’s anything serious.”

Calhoun said he put Fiftyshadesofgold on antibiotics Monday morning, adding, “I think she’ll be fine in a couple of days.”

Fiftyshadesofgold finished fourth but was placed third when the stewards disqualified Who’s in Town from first for interference in the stretch. Designer Legs, who finished second, was elevated to first place.

Calhoun said that if Fiftyshadesofgold bounces back quickly, he would consider running her in the Grade 1 Spinaway on Sept. 1 here or the Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill on Sept. 7.

“If we’re going to point to the Breeders’ Cup with her, I’d like to get a two-turn race in her,” Calhoun said.

Meanwhile, the stewards suspended Joel Rosario seven days for careless riding for allowing Who’s in Town to come over on Fiftyshadesofgold in the stretch. If Rosario does not appeal, the suspension would be reduced to three days.

Untapable was scratched out of the Adirondack because she was treated medically Saturday after showing signs of colic, according to trainer Steve Asmussen. She bounced back quickly enough to work five furlongs in 1:01.80 over Saratoga’s main track Monday.

Notable names on work tab

Man o’ War winner Boisterous worked four furlongs in 49.50 seconds over the Oklahoma turf course Monday in preparation for Saturday’s Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational, in which he will be heavily favored.

Boisterous went his first quarter in 25.61 and appeared to be in cruise control through a final quarter in 23.89 under exercise rider Cecil Putnam.

Shuvee winner Authenticity worked five furlongs in 1:01.92 over the main track in preparation for the Grade 1 Personal Ensign on Aug. 25.

Suburban winner Flat Out worked a half-mile in 49.23 over the Oklahoma training track Monday, but trainer Bill Mott said he would like to see the horse work sharper next time before committing to the Grade 1 Woodward on Aug. 31.

Shanghai Bobby, last year’s 2-year-old champion, worked four furlongs in 49.60 in company with Micromanage over the main track as he continues to come back from a pelvic-bone injury that forced him to miss the spring and summer races.

◗ Kentucky Derby winner Orb arrived at Saratoga from Fair Hill, Md., on Sunday, and on Monday, he jogged once around the Oklahoma training track, according to trainer Shug McGaughey.

Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Wired Bryan ran great race. just a little unlucky with trip and stronger finish/rider he would have won.
B More than 1 year ago
I was really rooting for Wired Bryan. He ran well though. While the extra distance might help him, that does not mean he won't end up a sprinter, but he's the first 2 year old male to catch my fancy this year.
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Stewards made the right call he needed a 7 day suspension. Hope they can get him to understand and be accountable.