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Leading Kentucky Derby contender breezes

March 29, 2008 · By · Share

"Nothing short of spectacular."  Those were the words used by Craig Dollase to describe leading Kentucky Derby contender El Gato Malo's spectacular work on Saturday at Hollywood Park.

With normal exercise rider Juan Olivera up, El Gato Malo clocked five-furlongs over a dead track in 59 flat.  He went so easily that he earned a rare breezing notation in California.  El Gato Malo started off easily but had a horse inadvertently jump in about seven-lengths in front of him during the work.  When El Gato Malo saw that horse he began inhaling him with every stride, passing him before the wire and galloping out under wraps.  El Gato Malo could not have gone any easier.  He was under a hold the whole way.  Craig reports that El Gato Malo came out of the work superbly and could not even have blown out a candle with his breath after the work.  We are on cruise control into the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby(G1) on April 5th at Santa Anita.

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