Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Badge of Silver, who displaced his soft palate when finishing sixth in the Louisiana Derby, returned to the work tab Friday, breezing 5 furlongs in 1:02 at Fair Grounds with jockey Robby Albarado aboard.
"He went great," trainer Ronny Werner said. "He was very strong and did it easily, getting his last eighth in :11 and change. He galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:15 and pulled up 7 furlongs in 1:28. He's still on his game."
Werner had originally planned on running the son of Silver Deputy in the April 5 Illinois Derby, but decided to give him an extra week and will now point him for the Blue Grass Stakes.
"The extra week will help us, and he's already run well over that track," Werner said. "We're going to run him in a flash noseband, which is like a figure-8 (bridle), to help keep his mouth shut and his tongue down."
Werner said Badge of Silver likely will ship to his barn at Churchill Downs on Monday, and will work again next weekend.
Badge of Silver was the 6-5 favorite in the Louisiana Derby after winning all three of his career starts by huge margins, including a 10-length romp in the Risen Star Stakes. He was moving easily to the leaders when he suddenly stopped and dropped out of contention. It was suspected he had displaced his palate and subsequently underwent a myectomy, which looks to have been successful, according to Werner.
Werner's other big 3-year-old, Most Feared, who finished 10th as the favorite in the Lecomte Stakes, was thought to have suffered a stress fracture, but bounced back quicker than expected and likely will be pointed for the Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 19.
Most Feared won last year's Arlington-Washington Futurity and was third in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs.