Updated on 09/17/2011 10:54AM

Still not race ready


ELMONT, N.Y. - While it has taken more than six months for Sky Mesa to make his 3-year-old debut - which he will do in Sunday's Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park - he is still ahead of schedule when compared to the other Eclipse Award finalists in last year's juvenile division.

Vindication, who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the Eclipse Award, has been sidelined this year due to a suspensory problem in his left foreleg. Vindication is at owner Satish Sanan's Padua Stables, a state-of-the-art training facility in Ocala, Fla., where he is in training. Trainer Bob Baffert said from California on Friday that Vindication could have a breeze in the next few weeks.

"I'm going to go down there and see him this month and watch him breeze,' Baffert said. "So far, he looks good, but that's a day-by-day deal.'

Vindication, a son of Seattle Slew who cost $2.15 million as a yearling, won all four of his starts at 2. Baffert said he tries not to think too much about getting Vindication back in his barn, just in case it doesn't happen.

"I don't want to get my hopes up too high,' Baffert said. "If he came back, it would be awesome. He's going to have to be 100 percent to come back. So far, they haven't really leaned into him. I guess we'll know in the next 60 days.'

Toccet was the other finalist for an Eclipse Award in the 2-year-old division. After winning the Champagne, Toccet finished ninth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile when he was saddled with post 13. He came back to win the Laurel Futurity, Remsen, and Hollywood Futurity in a span of 36 days.

Toccet, who has not raced since the Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 21, worked for the first time in months this past week at Colonial Downs and is on target for a return to the races in August, his owner, Dan Borislow, said Friday.

"He went three-eighths just as easy as could be," Borislow said. "He's doing unbelievable now. He'll breeze a half-mile on Monday."

Borislow said if Toccet's training continues uninterrupted, the plan is for him to have a prep race in August before the Grade 3, $500,000 Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 1 at Philadelphia Park.

"He'll work every six days until he runs," Borislow said. "He's traveling much better now than when he won all those races last year. The last two months we were racing him, he had a slight hitch. We thought that was part of his natural gait. But now that he's gotten taller and 150 pounds heavier, he doesn't have the hitch. We couldn't be happier."

Clement patient with Sixty Seconds

Trainer Christophe Clement scratched Sixty Seconds out of Friday's New York Handicap, saying the race was too tough for the New Zealand-bred to make her North American debut.

"I need to find a kinder way to bring her back,' Clement said.

Sixty Seconds has not started since last October, when she finished last in a Group 2 stakes in Australia. Earlier in the year, she had won three consecutive stakes, including the Group 1 Arrowfield Stud stakes at Rosehill in Australia.

The New York was to have been her first start for Clement.

Clement also said that he kept Dress to Thrill, winner of last year's Grade 1 Matriarch Handicap, out of the New York Handicap because he felt she needed another work. Clement will point her to either the All Along Breeders' Cup at Colonial Downs on July 12 or the Diana Handicap at Saratoga on July 26.

Savedbythelight preps for Oaks

Savedbythelight, the authoritative winner of the off-the-turf Sands Point Handicap, worked six furlongs in 1:13.16 Friday morning at Aqueduct in preparation for the Grade 1, $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks, which is run at 1 1/2 miles.

"She's a better filly than she was in the Sands Point,' trainer Rick Violette said. "We'll see who shows up. A mile and a half is a whole new ballgame for everybody.'

Savedbythelight won the Sands Point, run at nine furlongs, by 5 3/4 lengths. It was her second start of the year. At 2, Savedbythelight finished second to Roar Emotion in the Grade 2 Demoiselle, also at run at nine furlongs.

Among the other horses pointing to the Coaching Club are Mother Goose one-two finishers Spoken Fur and Yell.

Patrol works swiftly

Patrol drilled four furlongs in 46.89 seconds over Belmont Park's main track Friday morning, his first work since winning the Dallas Turf Cup at Lone Star Park June 21. The move was the fastest of 30 at the distance.

"It was a little faster than we wanted first work back but his regular exercise rider was out of town,' said Leana Willaford, assistant to trainer Bill Mott. "He was sharp and wanted to do something.'

Willaford said Patrol is under consideration for the $150,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga on July 27.

- When Pablo Fragoso guided Friday's a Comin to victory in Friday's second race, it was his 40th career victory. Thus, he becomes a five-pound apprentice rider for one year. In his first mount as a five-pound apprentice, Fragoso guided Autistic Girl to victory in the third.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman