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Wells Bayou appeared like a number one 2020 Kentucky Derby contender when drawing off from Ny Visitors to win the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby in March.
Issues didn’t go to plan for the gifted Brad Cox trainee after his sharp victory, however he returns at Truthful Grounds on Saturday for the first time since working fifth in the Arkansas Derby (G1) in Could in hopes of a productive 4-year-old marketing campaign.
The front-running son of Lookin at Fortunate headlines a area of 9 for the $125,000 Louisiana Stakes (G3), going 1 1/16 miles.
Although he’s the category of the sector, Wells Bayou should deal with many sharp runners who maintain a vital health edge.
Steve Asmussen’s Grade 2-placed Sonneman dominated allowance foes in November at Churchill Downs earlier than working second to the undefeated Maxfield within the Tenacious Stakes final out.
Asmussen additionally will ship out Silver Prospector, who already notched a victory over Wells Bayou within the 2020 Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn. Well-known for defeating Tiz the Legislation within the 2019 Kentucky Jockey Membership (G2), Silver Prospector was victorious in an allowance affair at Churchill on Oct. 30 earlier than working sixth within the Clark (G1).
Blackberry Wine is more likely to problem Wells Bayou on the lead. The son of Oxbow picked up a dominant allowance win over the observe and distance in December for coach Joe Sharp.
The pace of Blackberry Wine will be certain that this race is way from a stroll within the park for Wells Bayou, however the Brad Cox trainee won’t have to enhance a lot on the 96 and 91 Beyer Velocity Figures he earned as a 3-year-old to have a significant say in his first begin as a 4-year-old.
Wells Bayou was knocked off of the Kentucky Derby Path with bone bruising after dueling and fading with Nadal within the Arkansas Derby, however his exercises, together with a four-furlong drill in 48.40 on Dec. 27, point out that he able to take the subsequent step in his profession.