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Desormeaux Says Texas Red in Perfect Health

4/19/2015

By Dick Downey

Keith Desormeaux, trainer and co-owner of Texas Red, said testing has shown the Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner is in the pink and that serious training will resume soon.

Abscess issues with his right front foot sidelined Texas Red, but they’re behind him now, and, according to Desormeaux, so are other potential issues.

”He’s doing great,” Desormeaux said. “We did an ultra sound about two weeks ago last Saturday and he got a clean bill of health. They told me to go easy on him a couple more weeks, which brings us to May 1, and then I’ll start cranking up. He’s good. That was nice news; he looks great, and he’s ready to go.”

Desormeaux was asked about the Kentucky Derby, but he said his thoughts aren't any more valid than those of others.

“It’s all a matter of opinion,” he said, “and to tell you the truth, I don’t have enough experience to be an authority, but in my opinion, there’s only one horse—American Pharoah. The Derby process is a difficult one, experience is very important, and American Pharoah has never been tested at being rated; that’s what’s important. But he seems like such a sensible animal. If the pace is stupid, they should be able to rate him.”

 

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