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Early Voting, Zandon Breeze For Jim Dandy

Blue Grass winner Zandon, third in the Kentucky Derby, breezes at Saratoga

Trainer Chad Brown breezed Early Voting and Zandon Saturday over the Saratoga Race Course main track in preparation for next Saturday's $600,000 Jim Dandy (G2), a nine-furlong test for sophomores.

Jeff Drown's Zandon went five-eighths solo in 1:01.95 under exercise rider Kriss Bon, while the Klaravich Stables-owned duo of Early Voting, with Jose Ortiz up, and Accretive covered the same distance in 1:01.05. Accretive is pointed to the $200,000 Amsterdam (G2), a 6 1/2-furlong sprint for sophomores on July 31 at the Spa.

Brown said both of his Jim Dandy contenders worked well.

“Both horses did really well. Zandon went alone. It was a nice easy work for him. I was really pleased in how he was moving,” Brown said. “With Early Voting, I did a little bit more with him today with a workmate. He went fabulous. I was very pleased. As long as they come out of the works well, I'll be happy.”

Brown said Early Voting, last-out winner of the Grade 1 Preakness on May 21 at Pimlico Race Course, impressed in his first breeze over the Saratoga main track.

“We wanted to see how he was moving over the track,” Brown said. “He seems to be a pretty good horse in that way. It seems he takes his racetrack with him. I never see him train poorly, but it's always nice to get that out of the way and give him a work over the track to see that he's moving well.”

Early Voting, by Gun Runner, did breeze a handful of times over the Oklahoma dirt training track last fall ahead of a winter campaign at Aqueduct Racetrack that included a front-running romp in the Withers (G3) in February ahead of a runner-up effort to eventual Grade 1 Belmont Stakes-winner Mo Donegal in the Wood Memorial (G2).

Zandon, a dark bay son of Upstart, was a game second to Mo Donegal in the Remsen (G2) in December at the Big A. Two starts later, he posted a rallying score in the Blue Grass (G1) in April at Keeneland ahead of his last-out third in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 7 at Churchill Downs.

Accretive, by Practical Joke, was purchased for $180,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. He graduated impressively on debut, drawing off to a 5 3/4-length score in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special weight on June 26 at Belmont Park.

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