Sun King Has First Work at Churchill Downs

Tracy Farmer's Sun King, winner of both his starts this year including the Tampa Bay Derby, breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 at Churchill Downs Monday in preparation for the April 16 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).

"He went beautiful," trainer Nick Zito said. "He was just out an for airing. He looks awesome. He has a great stride and just floats over the ground."

Sun King is expected to face Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner High Limit, San Felipe (gr. II) winner Consolidator, and Fountain of Youth (gr. II) runner-up Bandini in the Blue Grass, a nine-furlong prep for the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

Zito said High Fly and Noble Causeway, one-two in the Florida Derby (gr. I), likely will go straight into the Kentucky Derby.

"High Fly definitely will make his next start in the Derby," Zito said. "After talking to (Noble Causeway's owner) Len Riggio, it looks as if that's the way we're going to go with him as well. He's already had four races at Gulfstream this year, three of them at a mile and an eighth."

With Noble Causeway likely heading straight to Churchill, that leaves the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) open for Andromeda's Hero, who finished sixth, beaten only three lengths, in the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) over a sealed track he did not like. While Zito hasn't decided for sure whether to go in the Lexington or the Arkansas Derby (gr. II) for Andromeda's Hero, he is leaning toward the former.

"The reason why the Lexington might be OK is that you know he wants to go a distance of ground and the Lexington might sharpen him up, coming back in two weeks," Zito said.