"Fire" and "Ice" Work Between Races at Monmouth on Sunday; Breen Duo Goes Four Furlongs in :47 3/5

Sunday, July 24, 2011

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OCEANPORT, N.J. – Trainer Kelly Breen had Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Ruler On Ice and Pegasus (G3) champ Pants On Fire on the track shortly after the fifth race on Sunday for a four-furlong work between the races as a prep for Sunday’s $1 million Resorts Casino & Hotel Haskell Invitational.

            “Fire” and “Ice” began their works at the half-mile pole with Pants On Fire on the rail and Ruler On Ice glued to his outside the whole time.  The duo stepped the first quarter in :23 3/5 and hit the wire in :47 3/5.  A photo revealed Pants On Fire a nose in front at the finish line.

            “Absolutely perfect,” Breen said.  “I wanted them to go just under :48.  They’re both coming off wins and I just want to keep them sharp.  They looked good coming back, both had lots of energy.  They’ll gallop up to the race now.  Just take it easy.”

            Fire and Ice were welcomed back from their exercise by a thunderous applause from the crowd.

            “We’re the hometown team,” Breen said.  “It’s nice to have so many people rooting for them.”

            With jockeys Elvis Trujillo (Pants On Fire) and Jose Valdivia Jr. (Ruler On Ice) in the saddles, Fire and Ice seemed to impress their pilots.

“He went great,” Valdivia said.  “Ready to rock and roll.”

            Trujillo was equally as pleased with his colt’s performance, “He went really well,” the rider said.  “Nice and easy.  Looks like he’s ready to go.”

            Ruler On Ice enters the Resorts Casino & Hotel Haskell off a victory in the Belmont Stakes on June 11, while Pants On Fire, who finished ninth in the Kentucky Derby, will enter Sunday’s mile and one eighth Haskell off a victory in the Pegasus Stakes here on June 18.

            Others expected for next Sunday’s Grade 1 Haskell include Preakness winner Shackleford, Astrology, Coil, Concealed Identity and J J’s Lucky Train.