LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – After winning the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at Keeneland earlier this month, 3-year-old colt Zandon is preparing to race in the Kentucky Derby 148.
The horse owned by Jeff Drown had been staying at Keeneland since the win, resting and training on his familiar ground as a Keeneland elder at the September 2020 yearling sale.
“Obviously next month will be very exciting not having experienced it. I can’t say for sure that Chad has great manual training so he will set the training schedule and keep Zandon on track. I trust him to go to Churchill and hopefully make a run for the roses and have a solid opportunity, that’s great,” Drown said after winning the Blue Grass Stakes.
He ran one last practice job Saturday morning with trainer Chad Brown, running a half-mile four furlongs in a :48.60 on a fast track, doing his thing before the start of the general races.
Sunday morning was the big day for the Derby-bound horse, leaving Keeneland to make the short trip on I-64 to Louisville to ride Churchill Downs, where he will remain until the Rose Race on Saturday, May 7. .
The $3 million Kentucky Derby (G1) will give 20 colts a special shot at horse racing immortality on the first Saturday in May. Zandon will have his last Derby job this coming Saturday.
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