Drain The Clock Breezes Ahead Of Return To Races Friday

Grade 1 winner Drain the Clock breezed a half-mile in :45.48 Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., producing the fastest of 53 workouts timed at the distance in preparation for a return to action Friday.

The 3-year-old son of Maclean’s Music, who captured the G1 Woody Stephens on the June 5 Belmont Stakes undercard, has been on the sidelines since finishing fourth in the G1 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial Stakes August 28 at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Sunday’s breeze was the latest in a series of five workouts in preparation for his return in a six-furlong optional claiming allowance in Friday’s Race 7 feature.

“He’s had good preparation. We’ll get him started in the allowance, and after that, we’ll come up with a plan for where we’ll go to next,” trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. said.

Tyler Gaffalione has the mount on Drain the Clock, who will take on six rivals, including Todd Pletcher-trained Nocturnal, who has been idle since breaking his maiden and winning an optional claiming allowance back-to-back during last season’s Championship Meet.

Drain the Clock has won three races in four starts at Gulfstream, including last season’s G3 Swale. His only loss at Gulfstream came in a second-place finish in the two-turn G2 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes.

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