08/21/2011 11:12AM

Saratoga: Raison d'Etat comes home quickly in final Travers prep

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Barbara D. Livingston
Raison d'Etat, under Kristen Lindsay, breezes five furlongs in 1:01.16.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - One day after winning this meet’s most prestigious race for 3-year-old fillies, trainer Bill Mott turned his attention to trying to win this meet’s most prestigious race for 3-year-old colts by sending out Raison d’Etat for a five-furlong workout in preparation for Saturday’s $1 million Travers Stakes.

Working at 9:30 a.m. on the Oklahoma training track, Raison d’Etat went five furlongs in 1:01.16 under exercise rider Kristen Lindsay. Raison d’Etat, a son  of Grade 1 winners A. P. Indy and Sightseek, worked in company with the filly Acronym. Both horses are owned and bred by Juddmonte Farms.

Raison d’Etat started off about three lengths behind Acronym and went an eighth in 12.72 seconds a quarter in 25.11, and joined his stablemate after three furlongs in 37.36. In midstretch, Raison d’Etat moved past Acronym and finished three lengths in front at the wire while completing his final quarter in 23.80 seconds. Raison d’Etat galloped out six furlongs in 1:15.65 and pulled up seven furlongs in 1:30.78. Acronym caught up to Raison d’Etat on the gallop out.

Mott said he worked Raison d’Etat in company “to keep him honest. We wanted a useful work. [Lindsay] did her job well. When he goes on by, he thought he had done enough.’’

Raison d’Etat is coming off a second-place finish to a loose-on-the lead Turbo Compressor in the Curlin Stakes here on July 29.

 “It wasn’t a bad race, there was no pace,’’ Mott said. “Nobody went after the horse on the lead; we were actually the first one to go after him. We had to take after him at the five-sixteenths pole and we made a little run at him but that’s all you can say about it.’’

 Meanwhile, Mott said Royal Delta came out of her 5 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s Alabama in good order and would likely be under consideration for either the Beldame at Belmont on Oct. 1 or the Spinster at Keeneland on Oct. 9. Royal Delta did win an allowance race over Keeneland’s synthetic surface in the spring.

Mott acknowledged that it was a meaningful victory considering the fact the owner Prince Saud bin Khaled died during the winter.

“Privately, there was an emotional moment for me,’’ Mott said. “Mr. Khaled was very nice to me, very nice to my family; thoughtful guy.’’

 All of Khaled’s horses, including Royal Delta, will be dispersed at auction this November.

J W Blue works toward Travers

 J W Blue, who is coming off a second-place finish in the Barbaro Stakes at Delaware Park in his last start, worked five furlongs in 1:00.27, going a quarter in 24.03 seconds and his final three furlongs in 36.24 seconds. J W Blue, who worked in company with the 3-year-old Tech Fall, needed to be kept after by his exercise rider with the whip to finish his workout and gallop out.

“He is a workmanlike-type horse, he’s not an impressive horse nor is he an impressive horse to watch race,’’ trainer Tony Dutrow said. “Nothing unusual about today’s workout with him.’’

 Dutrow acknowledges that J W Blue will be a longshot in the Travers, but noted that Pinch Pie, who finished third in Saturday’s Alabama, was the longest shot in the field as well.

 “I know we’re taking a big chance but I also know every weekend these 3-year-olds have been coming up with a new winner,’’ Dutrow said. “We’re going a mile and a quarter and there’s so much to gain. My horse is capable of a fast number, he needs a lot of stuff to go his way, he needs a fast pace, but I’m giving ourselves a chance. I am not feeling we have no chance.’’

 Post positions for the Travers will be drawn on Wednesday. As it stands the nine-horse field, with riders, looks like this: Bowman’s Causeway (Ramon Dominguez), Coil (Martin Garcia), J W Blue (Cornelio Velasquez), Moonshine Mullin (Emma Jayne Wilson), Raison d’Etat (Eddie Castro), Rattlesnake Bridge (John Velazquez), Ruler On Ice (Jose Valdivia), Shackleford (Jesus Castanon), and Stay Thirsty (Javier Castellano).

 Trainer Tom Albertrani said Sunday that Arthur’s Tale, who has not run since finishing second in the Wood Memorial, would not run in the Travers.