Foster Winner Perfect Drift Returns for Breeze

(from Churchill track notes)
Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, an upset winner over Mineshaft in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), turned in his first work since that race with an easy five-furlong breeze on Saturday at Churchill Downs' Trackside Louisville Training Center.

The 4-year-old Dynaformer gelding, who is trained by Murray Johnson, covered the distance over a "fast" track in 1:02. Joe Deegan was in the saddle for the breeze, which ranked seventh among 16 at the distance.

"It's been two weeks since his race, so we just wanted his regular five-eighths," said Johnson. "He was just hitting his stride and he was happy doing it and Joe never really asked him. It was just what I was looking for we can do a little more serious work next week."

Johnson said the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) remains on the list of possible spots for Perfect Drift's next race, but he is also looking at the $400,000 Washington Park Handicap (gr. II) at Arlington on July 19.

"We're looking at the Washington Park Handicap just for the fact that it's less shipping," said Johnson. "We're not sure who's going to turn up for the Hollywood race, so we've made some tentative flying arrangements and we're just going to see how things unfold between now and then."

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