Divisidero (Kitten’s Joy) and jockey Edgar Prado win the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Gr I) at Churchill Downs 5/7/16.
Gunpowder Farm LLC’s Divisidero, winner of the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI) on the May 7 Kentucky Derby undercard, put in his final work for his attempt at a second consecutive Grade I victory in the $ 1.5 million Manhattan on the June 11 Belmont Stakes undercard. The son of Kitten’s Joy went a half-mile in :48.60 over a fast main track Sunday morning under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan.
“He had a nice breeze and he galloped out well,” trainer William “Buff” Bradley said. “I think he’s one of the top turf horses in America right now but a win would put him right there at the top and with the way he’s training and going into this race I don’t see any reason why he doesn’t have a big shot to win.”
The 1 ¼-mile turf event at Belmont Park is expected to attract some of the nation’s top turf contenders, including international superstar Flintshire, who was second in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Turf (GI) at Santa Anita behind Main Sequence.
“When you run Grade 1’s for that kind of money, you’re going to attract the best that there is,” Bradley said. “It’s going to be tough race, everything has to go our way since we’re running against this type. When you run against those there is no room for mistakes so we hope to get him up there in good order and get another big win under his belt.
“I really don’t have any concerns. This is the week we get him up there in good order and he handles everything pretty well so I don’t think the ship should bother him.”
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