Fox Hill Farms’ Winslow Homer, the impressive 3-year-old who won the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) in January before being sidelined with a stress fracture in his cannon bone, had his first series of works since returning to the racetrack during the past week.
The son of Unbridled's Song went an easy four furlongs in :50 3/5 at Delaware Park for trainer Tony Dutrow May 20, five days after breezing the same distance last weekend. Dutrow could not be any happier with the colt’s progress.
“I have to say, he went very, very well,” an excited Dutrow said. “It was an easy half-mile and he galloped out very strongly. We are extremely happy with him in every way.
“I feel like he didn’t lose much fitness during his time off. It was really only 60 days he missed. It wasn’t much at all.”
The injury was found only a little more than a week after Winslow Homer scored in the Holy Bull Jan. 23 at Gulfstream Park. The gray/roan colt had surgery performed by Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood and Riddle Equiine Hospital near Lexington, then did his rehab work at Tom Simon’s Vinery Farm, also near Lexington. He came back to Dutrow’s barn in April.
“They did a super job with him,” Dutrow said. “I couldn’t be happier. We’re marching on toward a July start with him.”
Dutrow said he would look to race Winslow Homer at either Delaware, Philadelphia Park, Monmouth, or Belmont for his first start back.
Winslow Homer broke his maiden at Saratoga last summer and made a name for himself next out when he romped by 12 1/2 lengths in an allowance race at Philly Park in November. He was one of the early Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorites before the injury.
“It was a big disappointment to all of us, especially Rick Porter,” Dutrow said. “He’s the one that puts up all the money and takes all the risk. He was really in line for all of the 3-year-old classics. And he’s still in line for the 3-year-old classics—the only difference is they will be the summer classics.”
Winslow Homer was bred in Kentucky by Overbrook Farm and is out of the Summer Squall mare Summer Raven. He was a $310,000 Keeneland September 2008 yearling sale purchase.