Kid Cruz puts in workout for Jim Dandy Stakes

07/19/2014 4:37 PM

07/20/2014 4:00 PM

Saratoga Springs, NY ( - Kid Cruz, working on a two-race win streak, had a workout Sunday at Saratoga for Saturday's Jim Dandy Stakes.

Trained by Linda Rice, Kid Cruz worked five furlongs in 1:03.57 in preparation for the 1 1/8-mile Jim Dandy.

"He's doing very well and settled in well here," Rice said. "It was an easy breeze. He ran two weeks ago, and we're running him back on three weeks' rest. I just wanted to let him stretch his legs on this track and make sure he's comfortable. We'll see how he comes out of it and decide where we want to run him. I'm leaning toward the Jim Dandy."

Rice indicated that the 3-year-old colt could skip the Jim Dandy and go a week later in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park. The colt won the Easy Goer and Dwyer Stakes since finishing eighth to California Chrome in the Preakness.

"He ran a big race at Belmont in the Dwyer, and I just have to decide if I want to run him back this coming Saturday or the following one. Then, of course, you lose a week on the other end of it," Rice said. "I would really like to use one of those two races to get to the Travers, which has been a big dream of mine. I've been racing here at Saratoga for 20-some years, and that would be an exciting event."

Owned by Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds and Black Swan Stable, Kid Cruz has earned $363,375 with five wins in eight career starts. The colt posted wins this year in the Private Terms and Federico Tesio Stakes in Maryland.

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