08/09/2011 12:58PM

Saratoga: Pletcher scraps planned work for Overdriven

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Barbara D. Livingston
Overdriven trains Sunday at Saratoga. He skipped a planned workout on Tuesday.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – A short time after Uncle Mo’s work on Tuesday, trainer Todd Pletcher marched back to the Oklahoma training track to work 2-year-olds Overdriven and Stat for upcoming stakes, but only Stat worked, with Pletcher calling off the work for Overdriven, the Sanford Stakes winner, when dissatisfied with the way the colt warmed up.

Overdriven, with exercise rider Patti Krotenko aboard, entered the track at the gap at the clubhouse turn and jogged the wrong way all the way up the stretch, then jogged back the right way to about the sixteenth pole, where Pletcher was standing. After a short conference between Pletcher and Krotenko, Overdriven jogged the wrong way one lap around the track and exited where he had entered.

“I didn’t like the way he warmed up – we’ll have to find out why – so I told Patti to just jog him once around,” Pletcher said.

Overdriven is unbeaten in two starts. He got a 100 Beyer Speed Figure when beating maidens in his debut at Belmont on July 1, then came back July 24 and scored a four-length victory in the Sanford. He is not scheduled to race again until the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes on closing day, Sept. 5. Like Uncle Mo, Overdriven is owned by Mike Repole.

Stat, meanwhile, breezed a half-mile in 49.31 seconds with Velazquez. A winner of his lone start at Belmont on July 9, Stat is scheduled to run Monday in the Grade 2, $150,000 Three Chimneys Saratoga Special at 6 1/2 furlongs.

“He worked good, but what concerns me is that the second and third horses behind him in his race both came back and ran poorly, which doesn’t always mean something, but often does,” Pletcher said.

Union Rags, Power World breeze

The unbeaten Union Rags, who is among those expected to take on Stat in the Saratoga Special, and Power World, second to Overdriven in the Sanford, both worked on the main track after the renovation break Tuesday morning.

Union Rags, winner of his lone start at Delaware last month, whipped through a half-mile in 47.66 seconds, a time that equaled the best of 44 at the distance Tuesday, but had trainer Michael Matz concerned as it unfolded, because he wanted something a little milder.

“I wanted a nice, easy work,” Matz said.

In addition to Stat and Union Rags, the Saratoga Special field is expected to include Banner Bill, Big Blue Nation, Indian Evening, Jake Mo, Maan, Scallion, Trinniberg, and possibly Jack’s in the Deck

Power World breezed an easy half-mile in 49.54 seconds. He is “tentatively pointing for the Hopeful,” trainer Neil Howard said.

“We want to try to keep him steady until the distances stretch out, which should suit him,” Howard said.

And Why Not eyeing Spinaway

Matz said he may eye the Grade 1 Spinaway on Sept. 4 for And Why Not, a 2-year-old daughter of Street Cry who came storming down the stretch when recording a 5 1/2-length victory in her debut Sunday.

“I was real pleased,” Matz said. “She had trained nicely. We’re going to nominate her for the Spinaway. Her race the other day was at 6 1/2 furlongs. I think two turns will be even better for her.”

The Spinaway is the last of three stakes at the meet for 2-year-old fillies. The opening leg is the Schuylerville, which was won by Georgie’s Angel, who is awaiting the Spinaway.

The second leg is the Grade 2, $150,000 Adirondack Stakes, which will be run Sunday. Among those scheduled for the 6 1/2-furlong race are Anna Sophia, Funny Proposition, Millionreasonswhy, Morning Shine, My Miss Aurelia, New Wave, Ullapool, and possibly Select Cat.

◗ The Grade 1, $500,000 Sword Dancer at 1 1/2 miles for older turf horses on Saturday is expected to include Al Khali, Boisterous, Drosselmeyer, Rahy’s Attorney, Teaks North, Winchester, and possibly Bim Bam, Free Fighter, and Grassy.

– additional reporting by David Grening