Red Bullet Turns in Final Work for Donn
Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2002 12:27 PM
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2002 12:27 PM
Classic winner Red Bullet completed his last major workout on the Gulfstream Park oval before a scheduled appearance in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at 1 1/8 miles on Feb. 9. Red Bullet was officially clocked in :47 3/5 breezing for a half-mile.
"I had him go longer than a half-mile," said trainer Joe Orseno who conditions Red Bullet for Frank Stronach's Stronach Stables. "I had him going five furlongs in 1:01, six furlongs in 1:15 and out the mile in 1:47 4/5. I was satisfied with his workout and that'll be his last major trial before the Donn. I'll just give him maintenance work from here to the race. He's fit and ready to run a good race."
Red Bullet won his only start at Gulfstream in 2000 then was second in the Wood Memorial (gr. II) at Aqueduct before winning the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico in May. After finishing third in the Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park on July 9, Red Bullet was sidelined for over a year with various problems.
The son of Unbridled returned to the races last July 28 at Belmont Park and proved a 1 1/2-length victor. He then finished fifth in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) and third in the Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct in his season finale on Nov. 24.
In his seasonal debut at Gulfstream on Jan. 12, Red Bullet finished a game second behind Sir Bear.
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