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Published on Aug 21, 2010
With exercise rider Kelvin Pahal aboard, Gainesway Farm's Afleet Express breezed six furlongs in 1:13.06. He started the first three furlongs in 36 seconds before galloping out seven furlongs in 1:26 4/5 and a mile in 1:42 4/5.
"We're satisfied with the work. That's all we wanted from him," said trainer James Jerkens, who will saddle his first Travers starter in Afleet Express. "He came back to the barn in great shape. He wasn't blowing hard. Since he has shipped up here, he has been doing well."
Afleet Express made two allowance starts at Gulfstream Park this winter, finishing second and fifth, before returning to win an allowance at Belmont, as well as the Grade 3 Pegasus at Monmouth Park en route to a third-place finish in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy.