07/20/2013 4:40PM

Saratoga: Stewart works his 3-year-olds

Barbara D. Livingston
Golden Soul worked Saturday in preparation for Sunday's Haskell at Monmouth.

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Trainer Dallas  Stewart sent out his two top 3-year-olds, Kentucky Derby runner-up Golden Soul, and the improving Perfect Title, to breeze early Saturday over the Oklahoma training track.

Golden Soul, who finished a disappointing and distant ninth in the Belmont Stakes following his big effort in the Derby, worked five furlongs in 1:03.40. Perfect Title, an impressive entry level allowance winner at Churchill Downs in his last start, breezed an even easier half mile in :51. Both horses are prepping for major assignments next weekend, Perfect Title here Saturday in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy and Golden Soul the following afternoon at Monmouth Park in the Grade 1 Haskell. 

“Golden Soul worked great,” said Stewart. “He’s a very good work horse, showed up good today and came back well. He should be ready to rock and roll for the Haskell. Perfect Title, he’s not as good a work horse, but he finishes strong all the time. He’s really coming around and I thought he ran well enough in his last start to warrant a chance at a big race.”

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Stewart is also eyeing the Grade 1 Prioress here next weekend with the graded stakes placed Irish Lute who turned in the bullet work, 1:02, for five furlongs at Oklahoma on Saturday.

Double the Pleasure

Brazen Persuasion and Bahnah dead heated for the win in Friday’s Grade 2 Schuylerville and the following morning their trainers, Steve Asmussen and Bret Calhoun, echoed similar sentiments when looking back on the race.

“I was pleased with the outcome, she took a lot of pressure and stayed on nicely,” said Asmussen who trains Brazen Persuasion. “Watching the race I thought she won, watching the replay I thought she might have gotten out nodded, and then they put up the dead heat and I’m 100 per cent okay with that result. It’s a big difference then if they’d have put her up second for the same effort.”

Calhoun, who is spending his first full summer stabled at Saratoga, said he too was happy his filly was rewarded with a graded stakes win after such a grueling effort.

“It was a game effort on the part of both horses,” said Calhoun. “I thought my filly was at a bit of a disadvantage going into the race for several reasons but she had a good trip and I’m glad we at least got the dead heat. It would have been very disappointing to have run that hard and taken the loss.”

Asmussen and Calhoun also reported both fillies came out of the race well. The two Kentucky invaders could hook up again later in the meet in the Grade 1 Spinaway.