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Pletcher ‘Pleased’ With Tapwrit’s Preparations For Suburban

Tapwrit seen winning the 2017 Belmont Stakes

Multiple graded stakes winner Tapwrit visited Belmont's main track Sunday morning to put the final touches on his preparation for Saturday's Grade 2, $700,000 Suburban at 1 ¼ miles on Stars & Stripes Day.

The 2017 Belmont Stakes winner breezed in company with one-eyed fan favorite Patch. The pair completed five furlongs in 1:00.71 with Tapwrit galloping out well ahead of his workmate.

“I thought both went well,” said Pletcher. “Tapwrit seemed to look really good. I'm pleased with the way he did it. The way he galloped out and the way he came back so we're looking forward to the Suburban and a distance he should like.”

Tapwrit has made only one start this year, finishing third in an allowance optional claiming race on June 3. His 2018 bow followed an arduous 3-year-old campaign in which he ran in six consecutive graded stakes races, including the Travers, in which he ran fifth to close his season. Pletcher said the plan was to begin his 4-year-old campaign with a primary focus on summer and fall stakes.

“The thought process after the Travers last year was that he needed some time off,” said Pletcher. “He shed a frog in that race and it took a while for him to get healed up, so we purposely gave him a little extra time with the idea that we wanted to have a fresh horse for the summer and hopefully the fall. So far, it's coming together.”

Also on Saturday, Grade 1 Man o' War winner Hi Happy put in his first workout since finishing third in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan, working four furlongs in 50.22 seconds on the main track with an eye towards a Saratoga campaign.

“I thought he did well,” said Pletcher. “We're targeting the Bowling Green and the [Grade 1, $1 million] Sword Dancer [on August 25] as our two-race plan with him at the moment.”

Prince Lucky, who captured the Easy Goer on Belmont Stakes Day will be pointing to the $100,000 Curlin on Friday, July 27.

Pletcher also reported that Vino Rosso, fourth in the Belmont last time out, is on schedule to breeze either Friday or Saturday before shipping to Saratoga with the Jim Dandy as a possible target. Noble Indy, 10th in the Belmont, will be entered to run in the Grade 3, $300,000 Dwyer on Stars & Stripes Day.

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