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Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®

All Well with Blue Grass Runners


Plans Discussed

After winning a big race like the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, the next best thing is to have no worries the following day.

“We’re happy,” trainer Chad Brown said of Good Magic. “Jose worked out a beautiful trip, and the horse really responded well. I’m very proud of him.”
Brown said Good Magic would remain at Keeneland for the time being.
“He’ll have his first breeze back here in a couple weeks then over to Churchill,” Brown said.

Trainer Mark Casse said Flameaway is doing well after his second-place finish in the Blue Grass. The colt is to return to Casse’s base at Churchill Monday. Flameaway has 70 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.

Oxley’s Determinant is also in good order after finishing 13th in the 14-horse Toyota Blue Grass field.

“We’ll see, I haven’t decided what I want to do with him yet. We’ve got a race picked out for Flameaway,” Casse said tongue in cheek.

Sporting Chance was scheduled to van to Churchill on Sunday. The D. Wayne Lukas trainee, who was disqualified from third to fourth because of interference in deep stretch, came out of the race fine, according to Lukas assistant Tyler Peeples. No race plans have been announced, but he doesn't have enough points to make the Kentucky Derby barring something completely unforeseen.

Free Drop Billy, declared third in the Blue Grass after Sporting Chances's disqualification, will make his home in Dale Romans' barn 4 at Churchill Downs leading up to the Derby.

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