Lothenbach Stables’ Gotta Go tuned up for a start in Saturday’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) by working a half-mile in company in :49.60 over a fast track before the morning track renovation break Tuesday at Keeneland.
Working on even terms with the 3-year-old maiden filly Rizzoli, Gotta Go produced fractions of :24.20, :37.40, ;49.60 and galloped out 5 furlongs in 1:02.20 with regular rider Chris Landeros aboard.
Tuesday’s work was the fourth for Gotta Go since he finished sixth in the Xpressbet Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park on March 3.
“He is doing good,” Landeros said of Gotta Go, who is trained by Ian Wilkes. “I hope we get a good trip Saturday and a little bit better fractions to run at.
“In the Fountain of Youth, there was no (fast) pace,” Landeros said. “For top-caliber horses to go 48 (seconds for the first half-mile), that is a walk in the park, especially at Gulfstream that favors speed and has a short stretch. You have to be close there, but we didn’t want to go away from the game plan and had to bite the bullet that day.”