Fast Breeze Turned in by Proud Citizen

(from Churchill Downs notes)
Baker, Cornstein and Mack's Proud Citizen, a disappointing eighth in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), turned in a sparkling five-furlong breeze Sunday in his first major training move since that race.

The D. Wayne Lukas-trained son of Gone West, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and winner of the 2002 Coolmore Lexington (gr. II), breezed five furlongs on Sunday in a sizzling :59.20. Exercise rider Stacy Maker was in the irons for that move, which tied as the fastest of 27 moves at the distance.

"He looked good," said Lukas. "I have no plans for him. He'll probably just go ahead to Saratoga."

Proud Citizen has failed to win in three starts since he underwent surgery to repair a cracked cannon bone suffered in last year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I). He finished ninth, but lost a shoe, during his comeback in the Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II) and was fourth in Belmont's Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) before his Stephen Foster run. Lukas said Proud Citizen came out of the Foster well and takes the blame for the colt's poor effort.

"I was probably too easy on him," he said. "I thought I had him tight enough, but that was a pretty damn nice bunch of horses and I think he ran about as far as I trained him to run."

Lukas continues to be enthused about his 2-year-old division and one of his promising juveniles turned in a sparkling work on Sunday. Overbrook Farm's Bustin' Out, a son of Bianconi who scored a 5 1/4-length maiden win on June 14, worked a blistering four furlongs in :46.40 over a "fast" track on Sunday. The move was the fastest of 47 at the distance.

Lukas said Bustin' Out would be his representative in the $125,000 Bashford Manor (gr. III) on July 6.

Another of his Churchill-based juvenile winners, Overbrook Farm and Arthur Hancock's Tale of the Cat colt Adage, will run in the Tremont (gr. III) at Belmont Park on June 26. Lukas plans to run a pair of fillies -- Tom Van Meter's Be Gentle and Overbrook's Fashion Girl -- in the Debutante (gr. III) on July 4, while Robert and Beverly Lewis' Unbridled Beauty will ship to Belmont for Astoria on June 29.

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