(From Churchill Downs)
When last seen racing under the Twin Spires, Recapturetheglory ran a respectable fifth in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), earning a $60,000 check in the process.
On June 13, Recapturetheglory was back on the Louisville track, galloping a mile and a half under regular morning exercise partner Lara Van Deren in preparation for Saturday's $175,000-added Northern Dancer (gr. III).
“He really likes it here and he galloped great this morning,” said Van Deren, who was here with the Louie Roussel III trainee all through the run up to the Kentucky Derby.
After the Derby, Recapturetheglory came down with a fever that knocked him out of a run at the Preakness. And, there was another issue.
“He had a bruised foot that didn’t show up until a week after the Derby,” Van Deren said. “The fever he spiked the day after he got it and was OK, but there was no way he could have run in the Preakness. There is no telling how long that would have knocked him out.”
Recapturetheglory, who is co-owned by Roussel and Ronnie Lamarque, returned to Chicago May 12 but did not return to the track for nearly a week.
“We started jogging him six days after we got back there, and since then he has been doing great,” Van Deren said.
Jockey E.T. Baird, who rode Recapturetheglory to victory in the Illinois Derby (gr. II) and also in the Kentucky Derby, will have the mount in the Northern Dancer and break from the rail in the seven-horse field that also includes Kentucky Derby runners Pyro and Visionaire.