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Hunter O’Riley, Time and Motion work toward upcoming stakes

Hunter O’Riley logged his final breeze before the Grade 1, $1 million Sword Dancer on Saturday and came out of it in good order, trainer Jimmy Toner said. The 4-year-old son of Tiz Wonderful put in his second work since winning the Grade 2 Bowling Green on July 29, going four furlongs in 50.77 seconds on the Oklahoma turf track.

“Everything went well; he went nice and comfortable,” Toner said. “It was just a maintenance breeze. He’s doing very well.”

Hunter O’Riley rallied from seventh to win his first career graded stakes start in the 1 3/8-mile Bowling Green, edging Bigger Picture by a neck after going five-wide. He will face Grade 1 competition for the first time, running in the 1 1/2-mile Sword Dancer on the Travers undercard August 26.

“He’s getting stronger and more confident in himself,” Toner said. “He’s just a neat horse.”

The Sword Dancer will award the winner automatic entry to the Grade 1, $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf on November 4 at Del Mar. Toner said Florent Geroux, who piloted Hunter O’Riley to the winner’s circle in the Bowling Green, will have the return call.

Toner’s other expected Travers Day entry, Time and Motion, also breezed on the turf training course Saturday, going four furlongs in 50.49 seconds in her last work before the Grade 2, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.

“She went off easy, going at 25-and-4, and finished up really well,” Toner said. “It’s exactly what we were looking for.”

Time and Motion has produced back-to-back third-place efforts in Grade 3 races, finishing on the board in the Beaugay on May 13 at Belmont Park before finishing just 2 ¾-lengths behind Dona Bruja in the Modesty Handicap carrying the highweight of 123 pounds on July 8 at Arlington. Those efforts proved to be a nice bounce-back in her 4-year-old…

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