Finnick the Fierce, Man in the Can each work bullets for Blue Grass

Finnick the Fierce, Man in the Can each work bullets for Blue Grass
Photo: Coady Photography
Arnaldo Monge and trainer Rey Hernandez’s Finnick the Fierce and JRita Young Thoroughbreds’ Man in the Can, two horses expected to make their next starts in the July 11, $600,000 Blue Grass (G2) during Keeneland’s unprecedented Summer Meet, each turned in bullet works on the fast track at Keeneland Saturday morning.

According to Keeneland clockers, Finnick the Fierce worked a half-mile in :46.20, the fastest of 90 works at the distance, and Man in the Can covered five furlongs in :59.60. His time was the fastest of 18 works at the distance.

Finnick the Fierce, a gelding by Dialed In, was third in the second division of the May 2 Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park and at Fair Grounds was fourth in the Jan. 18 Lecomte (G3) and seventh in the Feb. 15 Risen Star (G2). He is coming off a third-place finish behind another Blue Grass hopeful, Art Collector, in a June 13 allowance race at Churchill Downs.

A colt by Can the Man, Man in the Can has won his past three races: Rainbow Stakes on April 17 and Arkansas Breeders’ Championship on May 1, both at Oaklawn, and an allowance race at Churchill on June 12. The latter win was by 1½ length over eventual Ohio Derby (G3) winner Dean Martini.

Ron Moquett was pleased with the work turned in by Man in the Can, who will be his first starter in Keeneland’s most famous race.

“He handled the track really well,” Moquett said about the Arkansas-bred. “I was really glad to see that. It should set him up well for the race.”

Asked about the COVID-19 pandemic that is resulting in the Toyota Blue Grass being run in July during the unique Summer Meet, Moquett said, “We’re living in uncertain times. With everything going on, it’s been a really good thing to know we can continue to do what we need to do, and that’s to take care of these horses.”

2020 Blue Grass Stakes (G2)

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