Gold Cup works for Pletcher horses

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Updated: September 21, 2013

Elmont, NY (Sports Network) – Cross Traffic and Palace Malice, each trained by
Todd Pletcher, both put in final workouts Saturday at Belmont Park for next
week’s $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Whitney Handicap winner Cross Traffic worked five furlongs in 1:01.52 and
Belmont Stakes champ Palace Malice covered four furlongs in 48.43 seconds.

“I thought Palace Malice’s was more of the standard we’ve seen from him,”
Pletcher said. “It was a good steady breeze with a very strong gallop out. He
went willingly on his own, in hand, and we were very, very pleased with it. He
looked well this morning and judging by his race in the Belmont, he likes it
here.

“I thought Cross Traffic and Graydar worked very well. It’s the third
consecutive breeze they’ve had together. It served them both well. In company,
they stay more focused without overdoing it. We wanted to make sure we got a
good solid work into both of them. One of them is coming off a significant
layoff and the other hasn’t run since the Whitney, and I think we got what we
were looking for.”

Also working for the Gold Cup was Woodward winner Alpha, trained by Kiaran
McLaughlin.

The 4-year-old, owned by Godolphin Stable, went five furlongs at Saratoga Race
Course’s Oklahoma training track in 1:02.90.

“He worked on his own, and will ship down Wednesday morning,” noted
McLaughlin. “All is well, other than we don’t have a jockey yet.’

Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez was aboard Alpha in the Woodward on Aug. 31.

“The Woodward was a huge win for the horse, the trainer, the owner and
everyone,” McLaughlin added.