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Ron the Greek on course for Louisiana Derby

  • Ron the Greek finished strongly in his recent workout. Photo: Lynn Roberts/Hodges Photography.

Trainer Tom Amoss on Monday spoke of Lecomte S. (G3) hero RON THE GREEK (Full Mandate), who had worked six furlongs in 1:13 2/5 Sunday morning at Fair Grounds in preparation for the March 27 Louisiana Derby (G2).

"It was a very good work for him," Amoss said. "He went in company and spotted the other horse eight or 10 lengths at the start, and when called upon he finished up down the lane very well and did it with authority."

Ron the Greek was compromised by the lack of pace in the Risen Star S. (G2) last out, but closed for sixth.

The horseman also commented on Sanford S. (G2) and Bashford Manor S. (G3) winner BACKTALK (Smarty Jones), who returned to action with a score in the Sportsman's Paradise S. at Delta Downs.

"Backtalk will work Wednesday, and a decision on his Louisiana Derby status will be made after that work," Amoss said.

Well-bred allowance winner HOTEP (A.P. Indy), 10th in the Risen Star, is likely to get another chance in the Louisiana Derby. The Mark Frostad pupil, a full brother to 2009 Canadian champion three-year-old male and Queen's Plate S. victor Eye of the Leopard, breezed three-quarters in 1:15 at Fair Grounds Saturday.

"(Hotep) looked good in his work Saturday," Frostad said Monday morning. "Now we'll give him one more work next week, and if he does good in that one, we're going to go in the Louisiana Derby."