Ticker
  • Game On Dude has been retired. Posted 13 hours ago
  • Untapable heads a field of nine in the $1 million Cotillion. Posted 3 days ago
  • California Chrome draws the rail for the Pennsylvania Derby. Posted 3 days ago
  • Sheikhzayedroad scoots up the rail for the Northern Dancer victory! Posted 4 days ago
  • Baltic Baroness wins the Prix Vermeille; Treve a disappointing 4th. Posted 4 days ago
  • Suntracer cashes in the Kentucky Turf Cup! Posted 5 days ago
  • Conquest Typhoon much the best in the Summer! Posted 5 days ago
  • Ball Dancing beats her stablemate to the wire in the Sands Point! Posted 5 days ago
  • 1st time Lasix and the U.S., Annecdote romps in the Noble Damsel! Posted 5 days ago
  • Conquest Harlanate rolls late in the Natalma! Posted 5 days ago

General a Rod Travels to Kentucky

General a Rod GPD 615 X 415
Photo: Coglianese Photos/Lauren King

General a Rod left Gulfstream Park early Sunday morning on a flight back to trainer Mike Maker’s base in Kentucky, where he will continue on the Triple Crown trail.            

The Roman Ruler colt emerged from his third-place finish in Saturday’s $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) in good shape said Maker’s assistant, Elesar Chavez.            

Maker flew back to Kentucky after saddling Vicar’s In Trouble to a win in the Louisiana Derby. Owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Vicar’s In Trouble did his final work for the Fair Grounds race at Gulfstream.            

“He came back really good,” Chavez said of General a Rod. “He came back like it was nothing. He was fine. I talked to Mike this morning and told him the horse came back really good, but he needed a little bit more teaching of how to pass the other horses. Mike said he was happy to be third, the way the horse ran.”            

Winner of the Jan. 1 Gulfstream Park Derby and second in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (G2) on Feb. 22 to Wildcat Red, General a Rod dueled with that rival through six furlongs in 1:12 before giving way in the Florida Derby. He was beaten 1 ¼ lengths by Constitution, finishing 2 ¼ lengths ahead of multiple Grade 2 winner and 6-5 favorite Cairo Prince.            

General a Rod has raced once previously at Churchill Downs, finishing second to Conquest Titan in a one-mile entry-level allowance on Nov. 30.            

“He beat some nice horses,” Chavez said. “I asked Mike what he thought and he said he proved he could run, and he’s going to make a couple changes so he can run better next time. He said if everything is well, he is going to go on to the next one.”                       

 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories