Daredevil, Frosted Finish Major Work for Wood
Daredevil and Frosted put in their final works for the Twinspires.com Wood Memorial on Sunday.
Daredevil, working over the Belmont Park training track, went four furlongs in :48.85 for trainer Todd Pletcher. Daredevil broke off a few lengths in front of his mate and edged away.
"I thought he did it very well," said Pletcher assistant Byron Hughes. "He looked good doing it, went very easily, and galloped out strong; we're definitely happy with the work. It didn't start out as planned, but the rider adapted and had a good hold of him."
A son of More Than Ready, Daredevil has made only one start as a 3-year-old, a second-place finish in the seven-furlong Swale at Gulfstream Park. As a juvenile, the chestnut colt captured the Champagne at Belmont before finishing 11th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, his only start around two turns.
"He's very similar to what I saw last year," said Hughes, who oversees Pletcher's New York string during the winter. "Whenever I watch him, I think he can do just about anything."
Although it wasn't reported on Equibase as of this post, Frosted breezed five furlongs at Palm Meadows for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Going in company with a pair of horses, Frosted commenced the work behind by a few lengths, but he finished 10 in front, according to McLaughlin.
"He worked great this morning, going five furlongs in a minute and two-fifths," said McLaughlin. "We're excited."
Frosted's connections are hoping to rebound off a fourth-place finish in the Fountain of Youth while wearing blinkers for the first time. He shortened badly in the stretch after leaving the far turn with the lead.
"We feel like we've accounted for every issue, and he has no excuse not to run his best race," said McLaughlin. "We know he has talent; he has to show it on Saturday. The track was very tiring for the Fountain of Youth and was again yesterday (for the Florida Derby), so we're happy with our decision (to go to the Wood Memorial)."
Ocean Knight is still under consideration for the Wood, McLaughlin said. He will breeze on Monday, after which a decision will be made. The Curlin colt has not run since a very disappointing seventh-place finish in the Tampa Bay Derby.
Withers and Gotham winner El Kabeir will put in his final work before the Wood on Monday.
Edited NYRA release with additional content by Dick Downey