08/14/2012 4:08PM

Saratoga notes: Ever So Lucky has bullet workout

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Ever So Lucky may start in the King's Bishop.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Jonathan Sheppard said he was looking for the proverbial maintenance work from Ever So Lucky on Tuesday morning at Saratoga. He got a bit more than that.

Ever So Lucky, who started about seven lengths behind a pair of 2-year-olds – one trained by Sheppard, the other by Tom Voss – caught up to them by the wire in a half-mile workout that was timed in 46.77 seconds, the fastest of 51 works at the distance over the main track.

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Ever So Lucky, third to Street Life in the Curlin, could shorten up in distance in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at seven furlongs on the Travers undercard.

“I told her to be two or three lengths behind and she was quite a little bit further than that,” Sheppard said. “I said if you can cruise up there, okay, fine, but if you can’t catch them don’t worry about it. If it works out well you can finish up with them, which is what she did. That was quite impressive the way he did it.”

Sheppard said he would work Ever So Lucky one more time next week before deciding whether to take a shot in the King’s Bishop.

“There’ll be a whole lot of speed in there,” Sheppard said. “All in all, [the work] actually worked out fairly well.”

◗ Data Link, who scratched out of Saturday’s Fourstardave Handicap because of the soft turf, worked three furlongs in 38.46 seconds. Trainer Shug McGaughey said he is pointing Data Link to the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch here on Sept. 1