Major Fed returns to work after disappointing Kentucky Derby trip

Major Fed returns to work after disappointing Kentucky Derby trip
Photo: Coady Photography

It was a memorable Kentucky Derby Week for trainer Greg Foley and owners Lloyd Madison Farm as the group teamed to win the $300,000, Grade 1 Eight Belles with Sconsin and had their first runner in the Kentucky Derby with Major Fed. The 3-year-old tandem returned to the Churchill Downs work tab on Sunday and will aim to make their next starts at the upcoming Keeneland Fall Meet.

“It was a really awesome week for our family and owners,” Foley said. “Both horses came out of the races in good shape, and we’re looking at more options this fall to continue their campaign.”

Major Fed, who finished 10th in the Kentucky Derby after chasing the early pace of Authentic, is eligible for a first-level allowance condition. The son of Ghostzapper worked an easy half-mile in :49 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.20.

“It was a disappointing trip in the Derby,” Foley said. “We know this horse is talented, and we will regroup. It was a pretty uncomfortable spot early into the Derby, being boxed in between horses into the first turn.”

Sconsin, the 7-1 upset winner of the Eight Belles, cruised a half-mile Sunday in :46.40 with exercise rider Lindsey Hebert aboard. Sconsin recorded the fastest half-mile time of 67 horses at the distance on the Sunday tab. Options for the homebred filly include the $200,000 Raven Run (G2) on Oct. 17 and the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) on Nov. 7.

“She ran a really big race in the Eight Belles and showed how talented she is,” Foley said. “She’s a homebred for Lloyd Madison Farm, so that made things even more special about that win."

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