Byrne agreed that the move should improve the fitness of Magna Graduate for the 1 1/16-mile Kentucky Jockey Club. He feels that the colt will thrive as distances grow longer through the winter and spring.
"I wish the race was a mile and an eighth," said Byrne. "This colt will run all day long. And he's got speed - I don't want to make him out to be a plodder."Alexander purchased Magna Graduate from Northern Kentucky attorney Burr Travis in a private transaction following his runner-up finish in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile. He cruised to an easy 1 1/16-mile allowance victory under Day on Oct. 22 at Keeneland in his only start for Byrne to improve his career record to 2-1-1 in four races with earnings of $70,136.Iroquois (gr. III) runner-up Social Probation breezed four furlongs in :49.80 for trainer Carl Nafzger. The move by the gray son of 0 ranked 29th among 47 works at the distance.