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Battalion Runner, Irish War Cry Work for Wood


Battalion Runner is set for the Wood Memorial following a Sunday workout at Palm Beach Downs with John Velazquez up in :49.20.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said Battalion Runner will ship from Florida to New York on Tuesday.

“It was a good work for him, and he had a nice gallop-out. It’s six days out from the Wood, so we didn’t want to overdo it,” he said. “He’s had a good, steady series of solid works, so this is more of a maintenance type work before he ships north. He looked good and was moving well. It was a nice, relaxed work by himself and he seemed to come out of it well.”

Irish War Cry

Irish War Cry is back at Fair Hill Training Center and continued preparations for his next start in the Wood Memorial with a six-furlong breeze over its main track timed in 1:13.40.

It was the second work for Irish War Cry since he finished seventh as the favorite in the Fountain of Youth Stakes on March 4. He went five furlongs in 1:01.10 on March 25 at Palm Meadows in Florida. Irish War Cry was based at Fair Hill last year.

“I wanted him to have a good work. We had a lot of rain the last couple of days, so that’s why I put it off until today," trainer Graham Motion sakid. "The track was good this morning. He actually shipped back on Monday morning, so he got here Tuesday and he galloped since then. He seems to have had a very good week.”

Motion sought to explain what happened to Irish War Cry in the Fountain of Youth.

“To me I think it seemed like a perfect storm of a bounce off the Holy Bull and kind of a deep, cuppy track that he struggled with,” he said. “That’s the best case that I can give.”

Motion explained why he didn't run Irish War Cry in the Florida Derby yesterday.

“I wanted to get him home and give him the extra week. I just didn’t feel like I could run back in the Florida Derby off that performance,” Motion said. “For me it was getting him home and getting him relaxed. The biggest factor was probably the extra week, to be honest. It’s also running in a grade two as opposed to a grade one. That was a solid group, and the winner looked very impressive, I thought.”

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