08/31/2010 5:05PM

Sovereign Default to get chance in Hopeful


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Sovereign Default, who was scratched out of the Grade 2 Saratoga Special, blew out three furlongs in 36.55 seconds Tuesday morning over the main track in preparation for a start in the Grade 1 Hopeful on Monday. He galloped out a half-mile in 48.80 seconds.

Sovereign Default was a first-out winner at Belmont in July, winning a 5 1/2-furlong race in 1:03.79 and earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 94. Trainer Rick Violette said Sovereign Default was going through a growth spurt around the time of the Special and he wanted to give him more time.

“I like what I’ve seen,” Violette said. “Right now we’re pointing for the Hopeful. The competition is significant.”

Among those expected for the Hopeful are Boys at Tosconova, Settle for Medal, Stay Thirsty, and Wine Police.

On Tuesday, Stay Thirsty worked five furlongs in 1:00.87 over the main track in company the 2-year-old maiden Maple Forest, while Settle for Medal went four furlongs in 48.23 seconds by himself.