Far Right continued preparations for the Arkansas Derby by working five furlongs Thursday morning.
Under Greta Kuntzweiler and in company with stablemate Peteizum, a 5-year-old starter-allowance gelding, Far Right was credited with 1:00.80 on a track rated fast. According to clockers, he covered his final quarter-mile in :24.40 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.80. Peteizum went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40.
Trainer Ron Moquett said the timing of the next workout would depend on the condition of the track. He also reflected on trainer comments at this time of year.
“I’ve read all the quotes from the Derby trainers over the years,” Moquett said. “It doesn’t matter whether they worked 1:05 or :58, it was: ‘Exactly what they were looking for.’ As long as he came back good, that’s all I care about.”
This was Far Right's second move since the Southwest. In his first one, he breezed five furlongs in 1:04 on March 9.
Far Right has been listed as a colt, but going forward he'll be denoted as a ridgling, Moquett said.
“He was always a ridgling,” said the trainer. “He’s always been the same way. We never changed the papers on anything, but we just wanted to make sure we had it clear going forward. That is the definition of what he is.”
Although Far Right has one undescended testicle, Moquett said the condition hasn’t impacted his racing career, and it won’t stop him from becoming a stallion. “He’s very much a stud,” he said.
One of Thoroughbred racing’s most famous ridglings is A.P. Indy, who excelled on the track and in the breeding shed.
Edited Oaklawn releae with additional content by Dick Downey