By Dick Downey
According to Bill Mott, Hofburg has continued to train well at Saratoga, most recently galloping 1 5/8 mile over the Oklahoma training track Thursday morning.
"He looked really good. He was relaxed, which is a good thing, well within himself," said Mott. "So far, we feel pretty good about him."
With an eye on the weather forecast, Mott is weighing his options when to breeze the Tapit colt this weekend, but the trainer indicated he'll do it at Saratoga. Hofburg worked last Friday, going six furlongs in 1:13.43 in company.
"Of course, we need to breeze again and make the move down to Belmont. We hope the ship goes good and he adapts well down there. But it seems like when we move him , he falls into the routine pretty well. He's pretty good about everything. He's coming into the race nicely."
Free Drop Billy
Free Drop Billy had an uneventful morning galloping 1 5/8 mile under Juan Segundo.
"Very uneventful," Romans said. "He did what he was supposed to do, and he did it the way he's supposed to do it. That's all I'm asking for."
"Very few people know how to prepare a horse for a mile and a half," he said. "You only do it once a year. I've kind of learned to back off a bit more, like (D. Wayne Lukas) is talking about, not pushing them over the hump. You have to help them a little bit, but you just don't want to get into that spot of overdoing it."
Tenfold's final workout is set now after having a typical 1 1/2-mile gallop under exercise rider Angel Garcia.
"He'll go two miles tomorrow and breeze on Saturday," said Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen. "The horse is doing great. His weight's good; he's putting on weight. We hopefully will get a good race in him. He has a lot of personality to him right now, a lot of life. I like what I see so far."