Gary West's Buddha breezed over a sloppy Belmont Park training track Sunday morning as trainer James Bond prepares the Wood Memorial winner for Saturday's Kentucky Derby.
Under exercise rider Fiona Goodwin, Buddha went six furlongs in 1:13 2/5 while working around "dogs" used to protect the inner portion of the track. The son of Unbridled's Song was timed in :47 4/5 for a half-mile and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:29.
"It started raining at ten to two this morning and I was out of bed at two," Bond said. "He went out at about 5:30. It was a superb work. He couldn't have done it any better. He looks good and is feeling good."
Bond, who has yet to saddle a Derby starter, admits to feeling some pressure as the race approaches.
"There's some pressure," Bond said. "I haven't been finishing all my meals."
Buddha is scheduled to ship to Kentucky Monday.