07/04/2010 11:00PM

WinStar pair prep for summer stakes

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Barbara D. Livingston
Drosselmeyer, winner of the Belmont Stakes, is being pointed to the July 31 Jim Dandy at Saratoga.

ELMONT, N.Y. - With the unofficial start to the second half of the season less than a month away, many of the locally based 3-year-olds began picking up their training over the weekend in preparation for races such as the Haskell Invitational and Jim Dandy.

On Sunday, about 3 1/2 hours apart, Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and Belmont Stakes winner Drosselmeyer - both owned by WinStar Farm - put in workouts over the main track. Also on Sunday, up-and-coming 3-year-olds Trappe Shot and Friend or Foe breezed.

At 5:30 a.m. Sunday, Super Saver, unraced since finishing eighth in the Preakness Stakes on May 15, worked five furlongs in 1:00.10, his most serious move to date and the fastest of 22 drills at the distance. Super Saver is targeting the $1 million Haskell at Monmouth on Aug. 1.

"We were wanting to pick it up a little bit," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "Going from the Preakness to the Haskell, there's plenty of time in between races. We want to make sure he's fit and ready to go. Mostly, he did it on his own. He showed enthusiasm, he was into the bridle and not rank, finished up well, and galloped out strongly. We're happy with where we are with him."

Later in the morning, after the renovation break, Drosselmeyer put in his first work since winning the Belmont on June 5, going four furlongs in 49.46 seconds. Drosselmeyer is pointing to the $500,000 Jim Dandy on July 31 at Saratoga.

"We just wanted to let him cruise around there and get him on a good work schedule for I guess the Jim Dandy," said Leana Willaford, the assistant trainer to Bill Mott. "We gave him a little time after the Belmont. For him, he's been training forwardly, though he's not a fantastic work horse. If we want a little more from him, we generally put him in company."

As he did in his work before the Belmont Stakes, Drosselmeyer did breeze in bar shoes as a precaution. Mott had previously said that the sand-based nature of the main track had created some issues for Drosselmeyer.

Friend or Foe, the undefeated New York-bred who improved to 3 for 3 when he won the Mike Lee Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths on June 20, worked four furlongs in 47.64 seconds over the training track, the fastest of 39 at the distance. He will take on open company and attempt two turns for the first time in the Jim Dandy.

"I got to try," said John Kimmel, who trains Friend or Foe for owners Chester and Mary Broman. "All the little indicators are he should be able to go a little further; not only based on his pedigree, but the way the horse trains."

Trappe Shot, who has won three consecutive sprint races for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, worked four furlongs in 47.86 seconds on Sunday. He will make his two-turn debut in Saturday's Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth.

Aikenite, winner of a first-level allowance on June 19, worked four furlongs in 48.68 seconds Monday and is targeting the Jim Dandy. Exhi, who like Aikenite and Super Saver is trained by Pletcher, is being pointed to the $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer on Aug. 7. Exhi has won four consecutive stakes on synthetic surfaces since finishing 15 lengths behind Odysseus when second in a Feb. 17 allowance race on dirt at Tampa Bay.