Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes winner Mafaaz is coming to America.

Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes winner Mafaaz is coming to America.

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Mafaaz Headed for U.S. April 4

Other Toyota Bluegrass Stakes contenders prepare for the upcoming race.

Edited Keeneland report
Peter Shoemark, racing office manager for John Gosden Racing, said that Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes winner Mafaaz was scheduled to depart England early the morning of April 4 with a scheduled arrival in Wilmington, Del., at 9:55 a.m.

Owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum, Mafaaz is scheduled to clear quarantine at Churchill Downs, and then ship to Keeneland, where he will be housed in Barn 1.

Shoemark said no decision on a rider for Mafaaz in the April 11 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) has been made. Richard Hills rode Mafaaz to victory in the March 18 Kentucky Derby Challenge at Kempton Park.

In other Toyota Blue Grass news, Adele Dilschneider’s Terrain jogged a half-mile, and then galloped a mile and a half under exercise rider Keith Harris. Terrain is scheduled to work five furlongs in company the morning of April 4.

IEAH Stables, John Sikura, Joseph Bulger and James Covello’s Patena galloped 1 1/4 miles. Trainer Rick Dutrow said Patena probably would work April 5 or 6.

Silverton Hill’s Cliffy's Future galloped a 1 1/2 miles under trainer Darrin Miller, as did William K. Warren Jr.’s Charitable Man, who had exercise rider Pat Correa up. Neal McLaughlin, brother of and assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, said Charitable Man “may go to the gate in the morning if the weather is better” and is penciled in for a half-mile or five-eighths work April 5.