08/07/2012 2:14PM

Saratoga: Violette may shuffle Special starters

Tom Keyser
Spurious Passion could start in Sunday's Grade 2 Saratoga Special Stakes.

Here is yet another example of why it’s good to have a strong bench.

Trainer Rick Violette was planning to work his impressive debut winner Carried Interest on Tuesday in preparation for a start in Sunday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special. But when Violette arrived at his barn, he noticed Carried Interest had a tender shin. While Violette wouldn’t definitively declare Carried Interest out of the Special, he did work his other impressive 2-year-old debut winner Spurious Precision, who now may run in Sunday’s 6 1/2-furlong race.

Both horses are owned by Seth Klarman’s Klaravich Stables and Bill Lawrence.

Spurious Precision, who won his debut here July 21 by 3 1/2 lengths, worked four furlongs in 47.50 seconds Tuesday morning over the main track, but galloped out exceptionally strong, going five furlongs in 59.93 and six furlongs in 1:12.93.

The early part of the work was fast – a quarter in 23.18 seconds – due in part to the fact another horse broke off just a few yards in front of Spurious Precision.

“It was a sneaky stupid-good breeze,” Violette said. “If he didn’t have the horse break off in front of him, he would have finished in 23. I needed to get him a little bit tired; I’ve been kind to him since the race. We’ll see how he comes out of it.”

Violette may not ordinarily run a horse who ran as fast as Spurious Precision did back 22 days, but it may help him be better prepared for the Grade 1 races this fall, such as the Champagne at Belmont on Oct. 6.

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“This race comes back a little quick back for Spurious,” Violette said. “On the other hand, it’ll give him a nice little freshening going into the Champagne. Wouldn’t do the Hopeful, and he’d be kind of a bear going into the Champagne and the Breeders Cup. If the Hopeful were a Grade 1, it’d be a different story.”

Violette said he would see how Carried Interest’s shin was Wednesday morning before deciding what to do with him.

“It’s a long year, I’m not going to be stupid,” he said.