Blue Grass winner Vekoma, off since Kentucky Derby, nears return

Keeneland Communications
October 09, 2019 02:11pm
Blue Grass winner Vekoma, off since Kentucky Derby, nears return
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R.A. Hill Stable and Gatsas Stables’ Vekoma, winner of this spring’s Blue Grass Stakes (G2), “is ready to go back in training,” trainer George Weaver said Wednesday morning.

Unraced since finishing 12th in the Kentucky Derby, Vekoma is at nearby Margaux Farm in Midway.

“He grabbed a quarter at Saratoga (while in training this summer) and just wasn’t 100 percent,” Weaver said about the hoof injury.

Weaver has Jim and Susan Hill’s Daddy Is a Legend back in his barn after she had a vacation at Margaux.

“She worked a half-mile on the grass (:50.80) on Sunday for Rusty (Arnold) and came back to my barn two days ago,” Weaver said. “I’d like to possibly run her before the end of the meet (Oct. 26).”

Nominated to the Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) on Oct. 20, Daddy Is a Legend has not raced since finishing third in the Just a Game (G1) in June. She is a two-time Grade 3 winner with graded stakes placing in five other races.

 

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