Mo­jo­va­tion’s bet­ter breeze gets him en­try in Fu­tu­rity

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ELMONT, N.Y. – Mo­jo­va­tion took him­self out of con­sid­er­a­tion for a start in last week­end’s Grade 1 Cham­pagne Stakes when, in the es­ti­ma­tion of his trainer Todd Pletcher, he didn’t work up to par.

Mo­jo­va­tion put him­self in the en­try box for a start in next Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Fu­tu­rity at Bel­mont Park with a bet­ter breeze over Bel­mont Park’s train­ing track.

Mo­jo­va­tion was one of six 2-year-olds en­tered Mon­day in the Fu­tu­rity, a six-fur­long race that shares billing on Saturday’s 10-race card with the $200,000 Peb­bles Stakes for 3-year-old fil­lies on turf.

An im­pres­sive de­but win­ner at Saratoga on July 29, Mo­jo­va­tion fin­ished sev­enth, beaten 19 1/4 lengths, in the Grade 1 Hope­ful.

“He didn’t break well, didn’t re­act well to the kick­back,” Pletcher said.

On Sept. 29, Pletcher worked Mo­jo­va­tion in blink­ers, but wasn’t par­tic­u­larly pleased with the move. Last Saturday, Mo­jo­va­tion worked a half-mile in 48.90 sec­onds in com­pany with Adorable Miss. Mo­jo­va­tion gal­loped out five fur­longs in 1:02.32 and pulled up six fur­longs in 1:16.26.

Pletcher said the work “was more of what we were hop­ing to see than we did in his pre­vi­ous breeze.”

Mo­jo­va­tion drew post 4 and will be rid­den by John Velazquez in the Fu­tu­rity.

Among those en­tered was the filly Happy Like a Fool, who ran sec­ond in the Grade 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal As­cot. Trainer Wesley Ward said he would en­ter Happy Like a Fool back in Sun­day’s Grade 2 Ma­tron Stakes for 2-year-old fil­lies and is likely to run her there in­stead.

Also en­tered in the Fu­tu­rity were Red Peril, Barry Lee, Smooth B, and En­gage.

Pletcher pair have stakes in fu­ture

Trainer Todd Pletcher may not have won any of the graded stakes run at Bel­mont last week­end, but he sent out two im­pres­sive win­ners who most cer­tainly have a stakes vic­tory with their names on it some­where.

Cop­per Town, a 3-year-old son of Speight­stown, won a first-level al­lowance race by 6 1/4 lengths. He ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.08 and earned a 104 Beyer Speed Fig­ure. It was his sec­ond straight win since re­turn­ing from 6 1/2-month lay­off after he fin­ished sec­ond in his de­but.

Pletcher said Cop­per Town would be con­sid­ered for the Grade 3, $200,000 Dis­cov­ery for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles around two turns at Aque­duct on Nov. 25, or the Grade 1, $750,000 Cigar Mile for 3-yearolds and up on Dec. 2, a week later than typ­i­cally run.

“We’ll play it by ear, see how things un­fold as we get closer to that time,” Pletcher said. “I don’t know how the Cigar Mile is going to be af­fected by the change in dates. The Dis­cov­ery’s the week be­fore, so that could be a pos­si­bil­ity.”

Pletcher said Cop­per Town had trained so well prior to his Feb. 25 de­but at Gulf­stream that he was sur­prised the horse got beat that day. Cop­per Town needed time off after that race – he had bone bruis­ing, ac­cord­ing to El­liott Walden, pres­i­dent of WinS­tar Farm, which is part-owner of Cop­per Town – be­fore re­turn­ing to the races last month at Bel­mont.

Later on Saturday’s card, Pletcher un­veiled the good­look­ing ju­ve­nile prospect Mon­tauk, a son of Medaglia d’ Oro who rolled to an 11 1/4length vic­tory, going seven fur­longs in 1:22.97 and earn­ing an 87 Beyer.

“It was what we were hop­ing we’d see,” Pletcher said. “It was kind of what he had been show­ing us in the morn­ings. He seems like a tal­ented horse, bred to run long with nat­u­ral speed. We were hop­ing he’d per­form that way and thank­fully he did.”

Pletcher didn’t rule out run­ning Mon­tauk in the Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile, but said the colt “would be tak­ing the worst of it” to ship cross-coun­try and face the likes of Bolt d’Oro, who is 2 for 2 over the Del Mar track and 3 for 3 over­all.

The Grade 2, $200,000 Nashua at Aque­duct on Nov. 5 or the Grade 2, $250,000 Rem­sen at Aque­duct on Dec. 2 may be bet­ter op­tions.

Ru­bilinda going longer

Ru­bilinda, who has shown an elec­tri­fy­ing clos­ing kick sprint­ing, will stretch out to a mile when she heads a field of nine en­tered Mon­day for Saturday’s $200,000 Peb­bles Stakes, sched­uled for Bel­mont’s Wi­dener turf course.

The first prog­eny of Frankel to win in North Amer­ica, Ru­bilinda has won two of her first three starts, both at six fur­longs. She fin­ished sec­ond in a seven-fur­long al­lowance here in July.

Ru­bilinda, trained by Chad Brown for Don Al­berto Stable, drew post 2 and will be rid­den by Jose Or­tiz. Brown also en­tered Thais in the Peb­bles.

Oth­ers en­tered in­clude Party Boat, third in the Grade 2 Lake Ge­orge, Adorable Miss, Bellavais, Dy­natail, Lido, Scheme, and Syl­phide.

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