06/19/2010 11:00PM

Super Saver, Quality Road put in work


ELMONT, N.Y. - Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and Metropolitan Handicap winner Quality Road topped a star-studded list of horses trainer Todd Pletcher put through workouts on a warm, humid Sunday morning at Belmont Park.

Super Saver, working for the second time since his eighth-place finish in the Preakness on May 15, went an easy half-mile in 50.66 seconds early Sunday. Super Saver is preparing for a start in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 1.

"We weren't looking for too much, just a maintenance half," Pletcher said. "We're still a ways away from Aug. 1. We'll start to pick it up as we go along, but so far he's doing very well."

Pletcher said he is happy with the way Super Saver has recovered from the rigors of the Triple Crown season.

"I'm real happy with his overall condition - his weight, attitude, way he's moving," Pletcher said. "Basically, he's rounding back into top form."

Quality Road, in his first work since winning the Met Mile on May 31, went four furlongs in 50.29 seconds. With exercise rider Patty Barry maintaining a firm hold of the reins throughout, Quality Road went in quarters of 25.12 seconds and 25.17. He galloped out five furlongs in 1:03.13.

"Maintenance half, he looked very comfortable moving, cruising throughout," Pletcher said.

With Quality Road not scheduled to run again until the Grade 1 Whitney at Saratoga on Aug. 7, Pletcher said he could have waited another week to work Quality Road, but "I didn't want to get into a situation where we were playing catch-up at any point," Pletcher said.

Though Quality Road is skipping the Grade 2 Suburban here July 3, Pletcher will still be represented in that race by Land of the Giants, a son of Giant's Causeway who won a second-level allowance race by two lengths at Churchill Downs on June 4. On Sunday, he worked four furlongs in 48.24 seconds at Belmont.

"We're going to step into the deep end of the pool and see what we have," Pletcher said.

Among the other horses Pletcher worked Sunday was the trio of 3-year-old fillies Devil May Care, Ailalea, and Katy Now, who are being pointed to next Saturday's Grade 1 Mother Goose. Devil May Care, unraced since her 10th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, went five furlongs in 1:01.84 over the main track, and Katy Now, who comes off a second-level allowance win here May 28 in her first start for Pletcher, went four furlongs in 48.45 seconds. Ailalea, who won the Dogwood at Churchill Downs, worked four furlongs in 50 seconds over the Belmont training track.