American Theorem, who faded in the Grade 2 Rebel after dueling through sharp fractions with eventual winner Nadal, returned to the work tab at Santa Anita Park and promptly fired a bullet for trainer George Papaprodromou.
Kretz Racing’s American Theorem blazed five furlongs in :59.20 while working in company at Santa Anita, which was the fastest of 68 works at the distance. The sharp move is set to propel him onward to the Santa Anita Derby (G1), which has been postponed from this Saturday due to the temporary suspension of racing at Santa Anita due to COVID-19.
“After that work, yeah I think we’re going,” Papaprodromou said Wednesday afternoon.
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While a new date for the Santa Anita Derby hasn’t been set, track officials and horsemen with contenders alike are holding out hope it can be run one week later on April 11 or the following week. Santa Anita has been temporarily barred from racing since last Friday by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health due to the coronavirus. All three cards scheduled for this weekend have been scrapped.
When resurfacing in the 1 1/16-miles Rebel on May 14, American Theorem and Nadal ushered the field through opening fractions of :22.89, :46 flat and 1:11.38 for six furlongs over a sloppy track. As Nadal continued to motor along on the front end, American Theorem started to falter and wound up beating just one horse to the wire.
“He came out of the Rebel great, just got tired coming off a six-month layoff with those fast fractions. That’s probably what cost us,” Papaprodromou said.