Feye Bach's Repent, a four-time graded stakes winner who has not run since finishing second behind War Emblem in the Illinois Derby (gr. II) on April 6, is on target for the "Mid-Summer Derby" - $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) on Aug. 24, according to trainer Ken McPeek. The Travers will be televised live by ESPN during its 90-minute telecast that begins at 5 p.m.
"He worked well last week (five furlongs in :59 breezing on August 11th)," McPeek said. "He'll work again Sunday, probably five furlongs on the main track. I want to slow him down a little bit. I don't want to see him work as fast as he did last time."
Repent figured to be the Kentucky Derby favorite in early spring until he lost the Illinois Derby and surgery to have an ankle chip removed forced him to the sidelines. His first workout since March on July 28 was an easy three-furlong breeze in :37 1/5.
"We figured he'd be able to make it back by the fall without much trouble," McPeek said. "It was a real minor thing. He just had a small chip in there. He's hitting the ground well now and looks to be doing fine."
Coming back in the Travers after not running for four months will not be an easy task for Repent, but McPeek is not worried.
"There's really nobody to fear other than maybe Medaglia d'Oro and I've beat him with Harlan's Holiday and Sarava," McPeek said. "Repent is right up there with those other two horses and the other thing is, Repent wants to go a mile and a quarter. It's ambitious from a fitness standpoint, but if there's a horse that can do it, it's Repent."
Edgar Prado will ride the son of Louis Quatorze.
The Travers (post time, 5:55 p.m. EDT) will be race 10 of an 11-race card, and will be the final leg of a $1 million Guaranteed Pick 4 on races 7-10 that will start with the grade III, $200,000-added Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap for fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf; the $200,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) for three-year-olds and up at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf and the $200,000 King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) for three-year-olds at seven furlongs.