Proud Citizen, winning the 2002 Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland.

Proud Citizen, winning the 2002 Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Proud Citizen, Unbridled Vision Tune Up for Stephen Foster

From track reports
Robert Baker, David Cornstein and William Mack's Proud Citizen, the runner-up to War Emblem in the 2002 Kentucky Derby, breezed five furlongs Monday in a quick :59.20 in his final prep for Saturday's Stephen Foster Handicap.

Stacy Maker was aboard the D. Wayne Lukas-trained son of Gone West for the move, which ranked as the second fastest of 32 at the distance.

Lukas was not present for the work. He was in New York for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) over the weekend and was scheduled to return to Louisville on Monday afternoon.

Proud Citizen has raced only twice since a fifth-place finish in last year's Belmont Stakes. He lost to Stephen Foster rival Aldebaran in each of those races. He was ninth in his return to competition in the Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II) and fourth in the recent Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

He has a career record of 2-2-1 in 11 races and has earned $607,117.

Also working on Monday was Bruce Lunsford's Unbridled Vision, who breezed five furlongs in 1:01.20. The breeze by the Bill Mott-trained son of 1990 Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled ranked 11th among the 32 works at the distance.

Unbridled Vision has a career record of 4-2-1 in seven races and has earned $121,605. The Stephen Foster would be his debut in stakes competition.

William Farish's Mineshaft, the likely favorite for the Stephen Foster, is scheduled to lead a parade of Foster contenders onto the Churchill Downs track for works on Tuesday. The Pimlico Special (gr. I) winner is set to work for trainer Neil Howard just after the break for track maintenance. Other Stephen Foster contenders scheduled for Tuesday works include Fog City Stable and Padua Stable's Full Mandate, winner of the Black Tie Affair at Arlington Park, and Lakeside Farms' Colonial Colony, fourth in the Pimlico Special.

Other horses considered "likely" or "possible" for the Stephen Foster include Aldebaran; Perfect Drift, third in the 2002 Kentucky Derby and winner of the Lane's End Spiral (gr. II) and Indiana Derby (gr. III) in the same season; Crafty Shaw, runner-up to Lido Palace in the 2002 Clark Handicap (gr. II); Slider, runner-up to Medaglia d'Oro in the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. I); Woodmoon, third to Full Mandate in the Black Tie Affair; and recent Churchill Downs allowance winners Unbridled Vision and Consistency.

Aldebaran breezed five furlongs for trainer Bobby Frankel in 1:02.26 over a "fast" track on Saturday morning at Belmont Park.

Trainer Niall O'Callaghan has had much success in the Stephen Foster and will try again this year with Henry Pabst's Woodmoon. O'Callaghan scored one of the biggest upsets in the history of the race when he saddled Guided Tour to defeat Dubai World Cup (UAE-GI) winner Captain Steve in the 2001 renewal. He also finished second with Pabst's Nite Dreamer in 1999 and third with Classic Seven in 1992.

His earlier success in the race and Woodmoon's assigned weight of 110 pounds helped convince O'Callaghan to give the race another try this year.

"We're taking a shot," he said. "I think there's two good horses (Mineshaft and Aldebaran) and I think the other horses are very good, too. But he comes from off the pace and we've got light weight and we may be able to get (Pat) Day (to ride)."

Woodmoon, a 5-year-old son of Woodman, has a career record of 6-3-5 in 23 races and has earned $340,882.