After a run of bad luck since his Lexington Stakes (G3) victory in April, King Fury got back on track in a big way Saturday with a 13-length win in the Bourbon Trail Stakes at Churchill Downs.
"Just an awesome performance, right?" trainer Kenny McPeek said to Horse Racing Nation as he was looking over yearlings in Ireland.
Impressive as King Fury was, his connections are not considering the Breeders' Cup for now, McPeek said.
"We're probably going to point towards the Clark Handicap in the fall at Churchill, and we may very well run back in the Fayette at Keeneland."
The Fayette (G2) will run on Oct. 30, and the Clark (G1) is on Nov. 26.
McPeek explained why he chose the black-type race in Kentucky over other options for the 3-year-old Curlin colt.
"We've been ambitious with him, and we had several choices. We could have gone to Ohio, we could have gone to Pennsylvania. … We decided to stay home at Churchill because he's run well at Churchill, he's 3-for-4 at Churchill. And he just justified that I think he could have been a fair enough Kentucky Derby horse if he hadn't been unlucky, hadn't popped a fever."
With his win Saturday, King Fury has a 2021 record of 5: 2-1-0.