'Fit as he can be,' Major Fed heading straight to Kentucky Derby

'Fit as he can be,' Major Fed heading straight to Kentucky Derby
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Following a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Indiana Derby on July 8, Major Fed will skip a considered appearance in the Aug. 8 Ellis Park Derby and train straight to the Sept. 5. Kentucky Derby. Trainer Greg Foley said Major Fed needed additional time to recover from a taxing effort in the a 1 1/8-mile Indiana Derby that left him tired out.
“I didn’t want to run him back,” Foley said. “I think it was going to be pressing him. He tucked up a little bit after that race in Indiana -- it was hotter than heck that day.” While the son of Ghostzapper, who is in 16th place in the Road to the Kentucky Derby standings with 38 points, could mathematically still miss out on qualifying for the race, Foley wasn’t concerned. “Some crazy things would have to happen for us not to make it as far as the points” Foley said. “There’s two or three in front of us that I don’t think are going to run anyway.” Major Fed hasn’t worked since the Indiana Derby. His last work was June 25, a 5-furlong effort at Churchill Downs.
Foley said the break will come to an end in the next few days, and he hopes to get four good works in before the Kentucky Derby. “He’s fit as he can be anyway,” Foley said. “He gallops every day, he looked great this morning, the last few mornings. Just really aggressive and good, and he’s put his weight back on. We’re very happy with him right now.”

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