07/16/2013 2:28PM

Saratoga: Vyjack getting ready to restart in Jim Dandy

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Barbara D. Livingston
Vyjack, under trainer Rudy Rodriguez, works out on Saratoga’s main track Tuesday morning.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – A disappointing Triple Crown campaign behind him, Vyjack will look to restore his once-lofty reputation when he runs in the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga on July 27.

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Vyjack, 18th in the Kentucky Derby and 10th in the Belmont Stakes, tuned up for the Jim Dandy on Tuesday with a sharp five-furlong work in 1:00.07 over Saratoga’s main track. Working in company and inside of stablemate Colizeo, Vyjack, with trainer Rudy Rodriguez aboard, came home in 24.22 seconds, galloped out six furlongs in 1:12.84 and pulled up seven-eighths in 1:27.08.

“The horse worked very good,” Rodriguez said. “He’s training very good over here. He had a very good work at Aqueduct, too. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.”

Vyjack, a son of Into Mischief, won the first four races of his career, including the Grade 2 Jerome and Grade 3 Gotham. He suffered his first loss when he ran third, one length behind Verrazano, in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial.

In the Kentucky Derby, Vyjack broke from the outside in the 19-horse field and was rank and chased a hot pace early before retreating. In the Belmont, Vyjack was five to six wide the whole way and finished eighth, 10 lengths behind winner Palace Malice, who is also pointing to the Jim Dandy.

“We were wide the whole way around,” Rodriguez said. “Instead of saving a little ground through the stretch we were wide again. I was not disappointed in the way he ran. He looked like he come back good.”

On Tuesday afternoon, David Wilkenfeld, the owner of Vyjack, said John Velazquez would have the mount in the Jim Dandy.

In addition to Vyjack and Palace Malice, others pointing to the Jim Dandy include Freedom Child and Perfect Title.

Thomas s More than 1 year ago
Verrazano ran away from him in conditions....had position though. Has decent running talent from first four. Not much in TC efforts. Turfer? He seems to hit pretty hard. Lot of success on big A dirt for a turfer. At least he's the temporary King of Aqueduct. RR not going to win any popularity contests any time soon. Can't commit to 7f/8f estimates. Hope he has a good career in NY. Not sure if this weekend's spot will suit....connections seem unwilling to abandon GI circuit for moment and get some data from $100,000 group. Some of these boys get tougher with time.
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
Botox......... Thats all I'm saying. Figure it out.
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
Let's make one thing perfectly clear to people like Luis, below, who think Rudy is a good trainer. HIS CAREER WAS over when he decided to take his corrupt show to the Derby. Once they put those cameras in his stall, his WHOPPING near 40% win rate has dropped to 11%. I'm glad. I hope he leaves the game a broken man, with no money and a stack of attorney bills. Let's all face it.....He was caught and the powers that be decided to give him his "last warning" and told him to play by the book, OR ELSE. Why make a black eye for racing and bring his mis-deeds to light. He is simply going to squander in the depths of those bad trainers, exceot he has all the bills, bills, bills of a wealthy man. He got caught, and I for one am so glad. If I got hit by a truck this afternoon, i would die a happy man, knowing that as a professional handicapper, one of the guys that cheated the game and more importantly ME, is now soon going to be out of it. Whereas the "little guy" at the track "needs" a Rudy to give them a few winners on the card.... A guy like me get cost a lot of money when his crippled, no chance horse pops up some 25 Beyer points btter than his last 3-4 races. NO ONE IS THAT GOOD of a trainer. SEE YA, RUDY..... Die a slow, non-winning trainers' death and vanish form the game. As for Vyjack - I feel bad for the horse, as he may have become something, but now is a dependant junky of a horse. Just one more time.... YE, BYE Rudy
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Don't hold back. Tell us how you really feel, in the morning. After you sober up.
Luis Chiari More than 1 year ago
Stop insulting and knocking a trainer like "Rudy", he's a hard working horseman an human being, that much of you benefited while he was winning, bunsh of hypocrites. An as far as Cornelio Velazques; he's been greatly disrespect in this business, he is as good as JV, he deserve another shot in Viyack.
Rob Beaudoin More than 1 year ago
Cornelio a good jockey especially on Turf, but to say he is as good as JV is borderline insane. You can't really believe that do you?
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
life is so good.it is refreshing to read clueless individuals critique others decisions.especially since these same geniuses never made a decision in managing a racehorse. you gotta love it.
Rob Beaudoin More than 1 year ago
Because Rudy is a professional trainer and we are not we can't question there decision? I'm willing to bet it's the owner picking the spots to run because deep down inside I'm sure Rudy knows Vyjack is not as talented as these going 9f or more. To me he has very high action in his workouts I saw pre Derby and Belmont stakes. So i'd like to see him try the turf. But hey there is no room for my opinion in a discussion forum.
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
please do not take offense to the following statement.spoken like a person with absolutely no clue of what the trainers opinion of the horse is,and is more interested in fantasy racing than reality. this horse is a gelding. assuming he is healthy,he will be racing for a long time. if rudy and the connections wanted to try the turf or shorten him up.what is the rush. as long as a race is not gonna hurt a horse physically.why not. vyjack has not won against the so called top 3yos'. but remember.when oxbow won the preakness and palace malice won the belmont.they paid aroun $30 to win.so obviously there were questions amongst the gamblers to their ability to compete.i know you will probably tell me you loved them both.if you did ,pat yourself on the back.in the belmont,which is 1 1/2 miles.you and everyone question vyjacks ability to get the distance.if you follow the ragozin or thorograph speed numbers,you will see the following.although he finished 8th.due to the exteremely wide trip he fished with the 4 th fastest speed figure in the race on both sheets.if you tell me you are not a believer in sheets.that is fine.they are widely accepted and followed by most trainers and people in the industry. so how can a horse run that fast a sheet number and be a question mark at the distance.yet if he is lucky enough to win the jim dandy,guess what. all the critics will point the finger at rudy. so in reality.not that anyone cares what their opinions are.this horse should he win.by the minority of haters towards the trainer will never get his rightful credit.
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
No drugs. No win. i'll stake ANYTHING on it.
Larry Goldberg More than 1 year ago
Cornelio Velasquez won several races with Vyjack, yet they keep going to other Jocks, Why?????
philcoforde More than 1 year ago
Still LOVE VYJACK...wish the best in the Jim Dandy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You east coasters are so negative! Vyjack and his owner are a great story. Owner won a very large pick 6 in SoCal which gave him the $$ to purchase the horse. Yes, SoCal where pick 6 pools get large unlike NYRA. Go Vyjack!
Mark More than 1 year ago
West coast racing is pathetic.
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
they are going to either break Vyjack, down this meet or the poor son of a gun is going to get gutted....what a shame.... goofy owner and worthless cheat trainer.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Is he fast now?