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General a Rod Back To Work


Gulfstream Park Derby winner General a Rod returned to the work tab with an easy breeze on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

General a Rod went four furlongs in :51.26 (76/82) in preparation for the Florida Derby.

“We just worked him easy and he was push-button, as always,” trainer Mike Maker said. “It was nothing for him, just a stroll in the park. We didn’t ask him for anything. He came back like a routine gallop.”

This year, General a Rod dueled with Wildcat Red down the stretch before prevailing by a head in the one-mile Gulfstream Park Derby on Jan. 1, then had the finish reversed in the Fountain of Youth following a similar battle.

“He’s doing good, his weight’s good, his attitude’s good, and everything’s in place,” Maker said. “He was more aggressive after the race and full of himself, so he probably wanted to work sooner than I decided. Everything’s positive.”

General a Rod had 6 1/2 weeks from the Gulfstream Park Derby to the Fountain of Youth and will have had four weeks to the Florida Derby, but Maker is not concerned with the turnaround.

‘It was just the timing of the race that we had to deal with,” Maker said. “We felt we’d give him more time earlier than later for his benefit.”

Vicar's in Trouble in Line

Maker said that Louisiana-bred LeComte winner Vicar’s in Trouble would likely have his first work at the track on March 15. He was shipped there last week from Fair Grounds.

Owner Ken Ramsey said in an interview on Horse Racing Radio Network that Vicar's in Trouble would be shipped back to Fair Grounds, where he finished third in the Risen Star Stakes, for the March 29 Louisiana Derby.

Edited Gulfstream Park release with additional content by Dick Downey

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