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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Shug McGaughey may get an early indication on how the spa treatments for Kentucky Derby winner Orb works out when Boisterous goes to post in Saturday’s Grade I Sword Dancer.
After winning the Grade I Man o’ War Stakes on July 13 at Belmont Park, McGaughey sent Boisterous down to the Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center in Maryland to join Orb, who’s pointing for the $1 million Travers Stakes on Aug. 24, for a little R&R with his more famous stable mate.
”After he ran in the Man o’ War, we sent him down to Fair Hill the next day, just Michael Kors Crossbody Bag too sort of get him away,” Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey said. ”He was going in the cold water therapy down there after being turned out and training.”
Boisterous, who was made the 5-2 Michael Kors Outlets morning line favorite for the Sword Dancer, turned in an easy half-mile workout at Fair Hill on July 27 before shipping up to Saratoga, where the 6-year-old turned in a bullet half-mile work on Aug. 6 covering the distance in :46.40.
While Boisterous has won 11 of 21 career turf starts and owns a win over this course, the 6-year-old has never won at the unique mile-and-a-half distance of the Sword Dancer.
”Talking to (jockey) Johnny (Velazquez) after the Man o’ War, he felt like he was better at the longer distances than shorter distances,” McGaughey said. ”He said, ’I can kind of do more with him.’ He’s gotten now where he relaxes well in his races, so I don’t think a mile and a half will be a problem.”
He’s the starting high weight in the Sword Dancer carrying 123 Michael Kors Usa pounds along with Big Michael Kors Tote Blue Kitten, who came back to win the Grade I United Nations Handicap at Monmouth Park on July 6.
”The horse is pretty versatile, if you look back at his whole career, albeit at a lesser level,” trainer Chad Brown said of Big Blue Kitten, who is coupled in the wagering with Stormy Cheap Michael Kors Lord and are the second choice at 4-1. ”He has won wire-to-wire, he’s won from dead last. I think he can adapt to the pace, so the ideal situation in my own head is that he Cheap Michael Kors Bags has some pace to run at so I’m not on the lead.”
One horse who could be close or on the lead is Optimizer, who finished second to reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the Grade I Turf Classic at Churchill Downs and second to Point of Entry in the Grade I Manhattan.
”I think it’s a little bit farther than his best distance, but he’s such a hard-trying horse, he could come alive,” trainer Wayne Lukas said.
OXBOW NOT DONE YET: Despite some reports that Preakness winner Oxbow is done for the rest of the year, trainer Wayne Lukas said those reports are ”premature” and the colt will be reevaluated in the next 30 days. Oxbow sprained his right front ankle during the running of the July 28 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth.