"Forget Saratoga. Forget any other track but this one," Dutrow said. "And if it's left all up to me, he's got two more races - the Vosburgh and the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct (where the colt trains.) That's it. He just doesn't perform on other tracks."- When
Adieu was actually the second choice to Jerry Hollendorfer's Hystericalady. Pat Valenzuela came east for the ride, and he sounded the familiar lament for unsuccessful West Coast invaders. "It was cuppy and not like the tracks she is used to running on in California." [Delaware Online] The win by Adieu has Todd Pletcher rethinking his plans for her. "I was thinking of the Test [at Saratoga], but now we might string her out longer [distance race]."
Adieu is the 4th stakes winner of the year for her second year sire El Corredor. Wanna Runner is still his top money earner for the year, and he currently ranks third on the second year sire list, behind Aptitude, and Point Given, the resurgent champ who was propelled to that top spot by Go Between's win in the Virginia Derby. Bill Mott said of that one:
"He's been green, green, green all the time....Some people say he'd run in snatches. He'd give you little spurts of run, but not one good solid run, and that seems to be what he's learned over time. It's all a question of maturity and development." [Richmond Times-Dispatch]And you can probably say that about the Point Givens in general.