07/27/2013 5:13PM

Saratoga: Vanderbilt principals Gentlemen's Bet and Delaunay breeze

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Gentlemen's Bet (right) edges Delaunay in the Iowa Sprint at Prairie Meadows. They will meet again in the Alfred Vanderbilt next Sunday.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Gentlemen’s Bet and Delaunay, the top two finishers from the Iowa Sprint Handicap, both worked at Saratoga on Saturday in advance of their rematch in next Sunday’s Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap.

Gentlemen’s Bet, with jockey Joel Rosario up, worked four furlongs in 48.69 seconds. A few hours earlier, Delaunay, with Rosie Napravnik up, went a half-mile in 48.13 seconds.

For Gentlemen’s Bet, a winner of five of six career starts, it was his first work over the Saratoga main track.

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“I was very pleased,” trainer Ron Moquett said. “I wanted to see how he handled the surface and I thought he handled it very well.”

For, Delaunay, it was his second breeze at Saratoga and came one week after he went a half in 55.03 seconds.

“He breezed nicely, like he always does,” trainer Tom Amoss said. “Kind of aggressive early and then settled down after a quarter-mile. After last week, I was a little nervous, but the track was very deep.”

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