Unshaded, winning the Travers Stakes last year.

Unshaded, winning the Travers Stakes last year.

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Travers Winner Unshaded Has First Breeze Since Injury

Unshaded, winner of last year's Travers Stakes, had his first work since being sidelined with a strained tendon last August. The son of Unbridled breezed a half-mile in :50 4/5 at Churchill Downs Friday.

"He did it very easy," trainer Carl Nafzger said. "No gripes, no fuss. He looks good and we're really happy with him. He's been galloping since January at Gulfstream, and when we shipped him to Churchill on Mar. 17th, he really picked up. I'm not sure just where we'll run him, but we're looking for something at the Churchill meet; there's the Stephen Foster (on June 16) if we feel he's ready."

Unshaded's injury was discovered just days following his dramatic head victory in the Travers Stakes, causing him the miss the remainder of the year. "It wasn't really bad," Nafzger said. "There was no tear, and the tendon has responded to surgery."

In addition to the Travers, Unshaded captured the Lexington Stakes, and placed in the Belmont, Peter Pan, and Jim Dandy.