Art Collector to make 2021 debut Friday at Churchill Downs

Art Collector to make 2021 debut Friday at Churchill Downs
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Bruce Lunsford’s Blue Grass (G2) stakes winning-homebred Art Collector leads a field of nine colts and geldings that were entered in Friday’s $110,000 Kelly’s Landing overnight stakes at Churchill Downs – the penultimate card of the spring meet.

The seven-furlong Kelly’s Landing was carded as Race 10 with a post time of 5:26 p.m. EDT. The 11-race program begins at 12:45 p.m.

Art Collector, a now 4-year-old son of Bernardini, is slated to make his seasonal debut in Friday’s race after more than seven months away from the races. Trained by Tommy Drury Jr., Art Collector has been training regularly with Drury’s string of horses at Churchill Downs and once again will be ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr.

“We’ve done everything we can right now for his first race back,” Drury said. “He worked a really good half-mile (Saturday in :47.40). He’s ready to go and we’re excited to get him back to the races.”

Art Collector was the early Kentucky Derby (GI) favorite in 2020 after his 3 ½-length Blue Grass win and 3 1/4-length score in the Ellis Park Derby. Drury and Lunsford had to scratch Art Collector the day of the Derby post position draw because a minor foot problem developed. He returned to run in the Preakness Stakes (G1) but finished fourth after tracking the early pace. Art Collector closed his 3-year-old campaign with an eighth-place effort in the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile.

The five-time winner drew post No. 9 in the Kelly’s Landing.

2021 Kelly's Landing (LS)

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