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Deja vu for Ice

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- A few days before the Belmont Stakes, then-unknown trainer Tim Ice told anyone who cared to ask how well his horse was doing and how big he thought the massive chestnut colt would run.

Two and a half months later, as Saturday's $1 million Travers closes in, Ice is having those feelings again.

"I've got the same confidence right now," Ice said today at the Clark Memorial Stakes barn on a cool, crisp and sunny morning. "He's doing good. He's happy, and he's coming up into this race on a very high note. I think he's validated himself well, and hopefully he can do it again on Saturday."

Much of the talk leading into the Travers has centered on Rachel Alexandra and the decision to pass the race for the Woodward next week; the declaration of Mine That Bird to continue recovery from throat surgery; Quality Road's bid to win despite having just one (albeit spectacular) 6 1/2 furlong race since March 28; and even Kensei, who has been overshadowed by his superfilly stablemate.

"I like it," Ice said. "There's no pressure. My horse shows up to run every time. Whether they talk about him or not, he doesn't know. He's going to give you 110 percent every time he runs. As long as he can't read, I'm not worried."

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