Unshaded Works in Blinkers for Stephen Foster; Duckhorn Out
Updated: Thursday, June 6, 2002 5:25 PM
Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2002 5:25 PM
James Tafel's Unshaded put in his second consecutive work wearing blinkers Thursday at Churchill Downs as the Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner prepares for the June 15 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. The 5-year-old son of Unbridled will wear blinkers for the first time in a race in the Foster.
Unshaded worked under jockey Jon Court and on a sloppy track as rain fell at the Louisville track. He breezed five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 after cutting out fractions of :12 3/5, :25, :37 2/5, :48 2/5. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:14 1/5.
"He went real good," said Court. "He had a nice kick down the lane. Considering the track condition and the weather he seemed to go right on about his business very professionally."
Trainer Carl Nafzger was in Chicago, but assistant trainer Ian Wilkes was present and was pleased with the drill, in which he covered the final quarter-mile in :23 2/5.
"That's what I wanted -- I love to see him finish, I love to see him punch," said Wilkes. "It was good. He's starting to get back to the old horse. It just took two years."
Another likely Foster entrant, Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) winner Hail The Chief, had his scheduled work pushed back due to the weather.
Ben Ali (gr. III) winner Duckhorn is no longer under consideration for the 1 1/8-mile, $750,000 race. "We're going to freshen him up a bit," said trainer Patrick Byrne.
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