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El Kabeir, Others Work for Gotham

3/1/2015

El Kabeir and two others turned in their final serious workouts Sunday morning for the Gotham Stakes.

The Withers runner-up covered a half-mile in 50 seconds over Belmont Park's training track.

With exercise rider Simon Harris aboard, El Kabeir broke off about five lengths behind Finding Candy, was tipped to the outside at the sixteenth pole and hit the wire two lengths in front of his stablemate.

Trainer John Terranova caught the gray son of Scat Daddy galloping out five furlongs in 1:02 and change and six in 1:15.60.

"He's doing great," said Terranova. "Today was just to see how sharp he is. He's been training really, really well every day. We wanted to keep him mentally sharp and focused. He likes to run around the turns, so the gallop out is always strong for him, so that was nice to see.

"We've been lucky in the fact we've gotten several races under him so far," the trainer added. "He's got a great foundation, so fitness is not a problem or an issue. We've had a couple of light days in between, but we never want to force anything. We just wait for the track and him to tell us. Hopefully we'll be good the next few weeks. So far this week, it looks like he's coming into this race really well."

Also working at Belmont Park was the fourth-place finisher in the Withers, Tencendur, who went five furlongs in 1:01.40 for trainer George Weaver, and the Gary Contessa-trained Combat Diver, the runner-up in Laurel's Miracle Wood who covered five furlongs in 1:03.80.

Also expected for the Gotham are Ocean Knight, Blame Jim, Classy Class, Dontbetwithbruno and Lieutenant Colonel.

Withers winner Far From Over remains under consideration for either the Gotham or the TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial, said trainer Todd Pletcher.


Edited NYRA release
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