Sadler’s Joy ‘Always Comes With A Big Kick,’ Ready For Saturday’s Man O’ War

Woodslane Farm’s Grade 1 winner Sadler’s Joy has settled in at trainer Tom Albertrani’s Belmont Park base ahead of his bid in Saturday’s Grade 1, $700,000 Man o’ War at 1 3/8 miles on the turf.

The 5-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy arrived Thursday from Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, where he worked five furlongs on the dirt in 1:03.20 on Tuesday in preparation for his first Grade 1 assignment of the season.

Last year, Sadler’s Joy earned hard-fought victories in the Grade 2 Pan American and the Grade 1 Sword Dancer, ultimately closing out his year with a late-charging fourth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. He returned to action in March at Gulfstream Park, winning the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida in his season opener.

Sadler’s Joy most recently finished fourth as the 3-2 favorite in the Grade 2 Pan American under jockey Julien Leparoux, charging from last to finish 4 ¾ lengths behind fellow Man o’ War contender Hi Happy on March 31.

“The pace looked strong [in the Pan American], but I think the track was favoring the speed that day,” said Albertrani. “The leader just kind of got out there and I think we may have been a little farther back than we could have been, or maybe should have been. I still think he ran well. He still made up five lengths, I just think he was a little further back and I think Julien kind of knew when he turned for home that he had a lot to make up and it just didn’t work out.”

Sadler’s Joy has finished in the money in nine of 16 starts, including six lifetime wins, for more than $1.3 million in earnings.

“The horse always runs well,” Albertrani added. “He always comes with a big kick. Naturally, the pace scenario could set up better for him if it’s a good, stronger pace, but he always runs a big race. I think he does better with a little bit of time in between and the horse is doing well and that’s what I like to see going into a race. You just need a little luck, that’s all.”

Others expected for the Man o’ War are Bigger Picture, Call Provision, Hi Happy, Money Multiplier, One Go All Go, Postulation, and Wake Forest.

Rodney Paden’s Grade 2 Elkhorn victor One Go All Go exited his final breeze for the Grade 1 Man o’ War in good order, said trainer Charles Dickey on Sunday.

By Fairbanks, the 6-year-old Virginia-bred breezed five furlongs in 1:01.20 at Churchill Downs on the morning of the Kentucky Derby. He is scheduled to fly to New York on Wednesday.

One Go All Go is exiting a three-quarter-length win in the 1 ½-mile Grade 2 Elkhorn on April 21 at Keeneland, where he took up his customary position at the front of the field and held off a late bid from Oscar Nominated to get his first victory since September 2016. In addition to the Elkhorn, One Go All Go hasn’t finished worse than fourth this year, including close runner-up finishes in the Grade 2 Fort Lauderdale and Grade 2 Pan American.

“He ran a big race [in the Elkhorn],” said Dickey, who trained Flat Out to victory in the 2011 Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont. “We’re very proud of him. He’s ran really hard, and got beat a couple of close ones, you know, but he’s doing very well. He came out of the race in good shape and he’s training well.”

One Go All Go was under consideration for the 1 1/8-mile Grade 1 Turf Classic on the Kentucky Derby undercard at Churchill, said Dickey, who opted instead for the longer 1 3/8 miles of the Man o’ War, where he will be ridden by his regular jockey Chris Landeros.

“He ran some great races in Florida too,” Dickey said. “Those were tough horses, and of course that’s what I’m going to be hooking in the Man o’ War, what I ran against down there, but I like the distance. I’d rather go farther.”

Dickey noted that One Go All Go bled slightly following the Elkhorn, adding that the horse hasn’t shown anything to cause concern since.

“It was very, very slight,” he said. “He was on the vet’s list for 14 days, but it was nothing we’re concerned about. I worked him yesterday morning and he came out of that fine too.”

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