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Footbridge Gets Acquainted With Keeneland

Godolphin Racing’s Footbridge, who arrived at Keeneland from his home base in Southern California on Wednesday afternoon, had his first taste of Keeneland’s Polytrack surface Thursday morning as he galloped 1½ miles under exercise rider Tim Neal.

“This is the first time I have seen him and he is pretty impressive,” said Brian Ange, assistant to trainer Eoin Harty. “He has a nice way of going and he looks like the kind of horse you can do anything with.”

Footbridge broke his maiden in his most recent start on March 17 at Santa Anita after being defeated in his previous start by a neck by Govenor Charlie. Govenor Charlie went on to win the Sunland Derby (G3) in his next start in track-record time to punch his ticket to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).

In other Toyota Blue Grass activity at Keeneland on Thursday morning, West Hills Giant had his first gallop over the track after having jogged on the surface the morning before.

“It looks like he is getting over it good,” trainer John Terranova said after the colt’s 1½-mile exercise under Leo Garcia. “This is the first time he has been on the synthetic since we got him, but we started him on grass. The Giant’s Causeways (grandsire of West Hills Giant) love this stuff."

Morning-line favorite Uncaptured and stablemate Dynamic Sky galloped 1½ miles after the break for trainer Mark Casse. Wayne Brown was aboard Uncaptured and Juan Bernardini was on Dynamic Sky.

Java’s War galloped 1½ miles under exercise rider Danny Ramsey for trainer Ken McPeek.

With exercise rider Miguel Perez aboard for trainer Wesley Ward, Undrafted galloped 1½ miles.

My Name Is Michael galloped 1¼ miles with Marnie Pacheco aboard for Rodolphe Brisset, assistant to trainer Bill Mott. At Keeneland to watch the colt was Jan Butzer, who with her husband, Barry, owns Sun Valley Farm in nearby Versailles. Sun Valley bred the Macho Uno colt and co-owns him with Adam Wachtel’s Wachtel Stable.

Trained by Chad Brown, Balance the Books galloped 1¾ miles under exercise rider Kriss Bon.

Ruth Schmidt, assistant to trainer Josie Carroll, was aboard Tesseron, who jogged a mile and galloped a mile.




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