(From Gulfstream Park notes)
IEAH Stables’ 3-year-old colt Patena passed an important test Feb. 28 with an easy six-furlong workout at Gulfstream Park that will keep him on the path to starting in the $600,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) March 14 at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.
The son of Seeking the Gold has been in training with trainer Rick Dutrow at Gulfstream Park since January following a private purchase by the same connections who raced last year’s dual-classic winner Big Brown.
Dutrow says he has been working Patena through different ailments since receiving the winner of Woodbine’s Display Stakes last December and the runner-up in the Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) into his barn.
“When we got him here we wanted to go to work on some hind-end issues and try to help him put some weight on,” said Dutrow. “He had been coughing for about 10 days. Today was the first day he scoped completely clean. We’ve been clearing different issues, and it seems to all be coming together.”
Exercise rider/jockey Mario Madrid was aboard for the breeze, which Gulfstream clockers caught in 1:15 3/5.
“Mario told me that he pulled him to every pole this morning,” said Dutrow. “He was very happy with him. We’ve got one more breeze to go here and then we will fly to New Orleans on the 12th. I’m under the impression we are right on target.”