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Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby at The Downey Profile®

State of Honor Breezes; CD Barn Notes

4/16/2017

Florida Derby runner-up State of Honor breezed a half-mile in 49.80 over a fast track on Easter Sunday at Churchill Downs.

The Ontario-bred son of To Honor and Serve, trained by Mark Casse, was put through eighth-mile splits of 12 and 24.40 by exercise E.J. Bowler and galloped out five furlongs past the wire in 1:02.

“We really just wanted to get a solid maintenance-work in him before something more serious next week,” assistant trainer Norm Casse said. “State of Honor is a tremendous work horse, so we will probably keep breezing him by himself.”

Throughout his six-race 2-year-old season, State of Honor trained and raced exclusively over Woodbine’s synthetic Tapeta surface with the exception of one turf race. After Casse breezed the colt on dirt at Palm Meadows this winter, he changed course.

“Horses that are primarily based on the synthetic track need time to acclimate to the dirt surface,” Norm Casse said. “We really thought State of Honor was a true dirt horse after his first breeze at Palm Meadows. We have been treating every race in his 3-year-old campaign as a stepping stone to the first Saturday in May, and he has improved in each start.”

Classic Empire

Arkansas Derby winner Classic Empire is scheduled return to Mark Casse’s Churchill Downs Barn 36 on Monday afternoon. He could resume training Thursday or Friday.

Gormley

Gormley, who breezed three furlongs in 37.80 yesterday at Santa Anita Park, is expected to arrive at Churchill Downs during Derby week.

J Boys Echo

Gotham winner and Blue Grass fourth-place finisher J Boys Echo is expected to breeze after around 8:30 a.m. Monday at Churchill Downs. The 3-year-old son of Mineshaft is stabled in trainer Dale Romans’ Barn 4.

Irap

Blue Grass winner Irap is scheduled to breeze the next two Fridays at Keeneland before arriving at Churchill Downs.

 

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