VA-BRED CHARITABLE MAN ARRIVES IN SARATOGA

Virginia-bred Charitable Man has not run since he finished fourth in the Belmont Stakes at the beginning of June, but now he’s in Saratoga prepping for his next race — whatever that may be.

The colt, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, shipped to Saratoga yesterday and will start his prepations for his summer at the Spa Saturday morning. McLaughlin, speaking from Belmont on Friday morning, said his plan is to run the horse in the $500,000 Jim Dandy at the Spa on August 1 at 1 1/8 miles.

There had been talk of possibly running him in the $1 million Haskell at Monmouth (also 1 1/8 miles) on Aug. 2 but there were reasons not to go there. The biggest was Rachel Alexandra.

“We were always pointing to the Jim Dandy for the most part,” McLaughlin said. “But that (Rachel) might have had a little to do with staying in Saratoga. Really, we just want to get a race over the track. We know he already likes it. We can hook her (Rachel) in the Travers if that’s what they decide to do.”

Charitable Man broke his maiden at Saratoga last summer, beating his competition by 11 1/2 lengths going 6 1/2 furlongs.