Mach Ride tunes up for Vosburgh

MIAMI -- Mach Ride, one of two Breeders' Cup candidates currently stabled at Calder, along with Take D' Tour, got back to serious business last week as he continues to prepare for the Grade 1 Vosburgh Handicap at Belmont Park on Sept. 30.

The Vosburgh will be Mach Ride's final prep before the BC Sprint on Oct. 27.

Mach Ride worked a half-mile in company with stablemate Blue Pepsi Lodge in 48.00 seconds here Wednesday morning. It was the first official work for the nationally ranked sprinter since his second-place finish in the Calder Turf Sprint Championship on Aug. 11.

"It's pretty much my normal schedule," said Standridge. "He usually doesn't work for about 30 days after a race. He's fit enough at this point. I thought his work Wednesday was tremendous. We are right on schedule for the Vosburgh. I'll bring him back and breeze him five furlongs next week, give him a little blowout a few days later, and put him on the plane."

Mach Ride's stock has risen meteorically since Standridge equipped the 4-year-old with blinkers earlier this summer. The horse vaulted to the upper echelon of the nation's sprint division following his easy victory in the Smile Sprint Handicap on July 15 over a field that included former division leader Smokey Stover.