Battier, coming off a fourth-place finish in the Smarty Jones Stakes, ran third in yesterday’s $1 million Grade II Pennsylvania Derby at Parx, in Philadelphia. He earned $111,200 for the effort. Finishing 2 3/4 lengths behind winner Will Take Charge, and a neck short of second-place Moreno — each of whom is ranked among the top 3YO colts in the country this year — Battier looked like a possible winner driving down the stretch, but fell just short. We were thrilled, to say the least. Next race will probably be a Grade III Stakes at Aqueduct six weeks from now, but plans are fluid.
In Lingerie is due to enter the Keeneland sales ring in November, where she will be sold in foal to Frankel. Connections say she looks fabulous and are excited by sale prices at the recent Keeneland yearling sale. Here she is in a photo taken last week.
State of Play did not draw into his Stakes race at Laurel Park yesterday, and now is planned to go in a one-mile allowance on turf October 5th at Laurel.
Bee Brave is said to be progressing nicely, but not in fitness shape for racing just yet, as you can see from this photo.
Bajan had a very nice work last week, going 35 and change over 3 furlongs. She is planning to run October 13 at Santa Anita in the $70,000 Anoakia Stakes on dirt, at 6 furlongs, if all goes well.
Everything looking good, so far.