Friday, January 27 2012
NYRA NOTES: Friday, January 27, 2012
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Godolphin Racing’s promising sophomore Alpha will likely turn in a work for next Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Withers Stakes Sunday or Monday at Belmont Park. A comfortable winner of the Count Fleet at the Big A on January 7 despite some gate trouble, Alpha has been schooling in the gate regularly since the race and will continue that work this week in preparation for 1 1/16-mile Withers, said Art Magnuson, assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
“We’re not going to breeze from the gate, but maybe we’ll stand in there [Saturday], breeze Sunday or Monday and then one more time probably in the gate before the race,” Magnuson said. “He was great the other day, but you’ve got to keep doing it. You can’t just go once.”
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