Meanwhile, Cindy and Ron Stengel's Royal Lad worked five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 at Calder Race Course on Monday. "So far I'm very pleased with the work," said trainer Ralph Ziadie. "We'll know more tomorrow after we see how he comes out of it."A son of Montbrook, Royal Lad has won two of eight starts.The Hutcheson is the next step on the road to the March 16 Florida Derby (gr. I).
Two contenders for Saturday's grade II Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park worked Monday morning in preparation for the seven furlong, $150,000 test. At Gulfstream, Maybry's Boy breezed a half-mile in :49, with trainer Shug McGaughey clocking the son of Broad Brush in 1:01 4/5 for five furlongs. "It was a good work and he's ready for the Hutcheson on Saturday," said McGaughey, who added that John R. Velazquez will retain the mount on the colt.In his last start, R. C. Hill Stable's Maybry's Boy rallied from last to win the Spectacular Bid Stakes (gr. III) by 1 1/4 lengths. "He's still a little green but is learning how to run and he's getting better at it with each race," McGaughey said after that effort.