07/20/2012 4:26PM

Saratoga: Ruler On Ice breezes for comeback


Ruler On Ice, the 2011 Belmont Stakes winner but idle since finishing far back in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap this past winter at Gulfstream Park, worked a half-mile in 48.40 from the gate in company with stablemate Valley Stream over the main track at Saratoga on Friday.

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“He got a little worked up and didn’t break great when I worked him last time at Monmouth Park and I just didn’t want that to be his last time from the gate before he ran,” said trainer Kelly Breen. “I want to see him a little more on his toes coming out of there and I saw what I wanted this morning. Once he broke, it was just an easy maintenance work. I told the rider to sit on him, take it easy, and he completed his final eighth in 11 and 4 while being asked only slightly.”

Jersey Town re-routed to Vanderbilt

Trainer Barclay Tagg was hoping to have Jersey Town ready to run Friday in the Grade 3 James Marvin. Instead, Tagg worked Jersey Town five furlongs in 1:00.42 on the main track and will point his speedster to the Grade 1 Alfred Vanderbilt on Aug. 6.

“I wanted to run him in the race today but I wasn’t able to make it because of feet problems,” said Tagg. “Every time I work him he either loses a shoe or gets a quarter crack or something. But he went real good today and I’ll probably go for the Vanderbilt.”