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Codoy works 1:01 4/5 in advance of Blue Grass

| Brisnet Editorial | 04/02/2010 #
  • Codoy (inside) worked Friday at Keeneland in preparation for the Blue Grass. photo: EquiSport Photos

  • Codoy has settled in at Keeneland in advance of the Blue Grass. photo: EquiSport Photos

Blue Grass (G1) hopeful CODOY (Bernstein) breezed five furlongs Friday morning over Keeneland's Polytrack with John Velazquez aboard. Velazquez will ride the Mark Hubley colt back in the nine-furlong Blue Grass on April 10.

Working to the inside of stablemate LARRY APPEL (Songandaprayer), ridden by Mimi Davis, Codoy posted five-eighths in 1:01 4/5 and galloped out in 1:14 2/5. Keeneland clockers caught Codoy in fractions of :13 1/5, :25 4/5, :37 4/5 and :49 1/5.

"The colt went very good," Velazquez said. "I had a target in front of him, just kinda sat there and made him work from the quarter-pole home. He worked really, really well."

Hubley was satisfied with Codoy's performance in the colt's third consecutive work at Keeneland.

"I thought it went really well," Hubley said, adding that Codoy always works with another horse. "He won't work unless he has something to go after."

Hubley is pleased that he was able to secure the services of Velazquez for the Blue Grass. Codoy has had a different jockey in each of his seven previous races.

"There are plenty of good guys out there," Hubley said, "but I'm very happy to have (Velazquez)."

Codoy has one win in seven starts and earnings of $70,700. Last October at Keeneland, he was second to Interactif (Broken Vow) in the Bourbon S. (G3) on turf before running unplaced in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G2) at Santa Anita. The colt opened his 2010 season by crossing the finish line first in the John Battaglia Memorial S. over Turfway Park's Polytrack, but was disqualified to second for interference.

In other Blue Grass news:

Trainer Mark Frostad said Friday morning that Patrick Husbands would ride Display S. runner-up GIANT'S TOMB (Awesome Again) in the Blue Grass. Husbands has ridden the chestnut colt in three of his eight starts and been aboard for Giant's Tomb's two victories.

Giant's Tomb galloped 1 1/2 miles Friday morning under assistant trainer Hugh Chatman, who will also be aboard Saturday morning for the Ontario-bred's scheduled five-furlong work in company. Frostad plans to send Giant's Tomb out around 8 a.m. (EDT).

Palm Beach S. (G3) hero PADDY O'PRADO (El Prado [Ire]) galloped 1 1/2 miles early Friday morning under Mary Doser. The Dale Romans trainee is set for a five-furlong move on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. with Kent Desormeaux slated to ride.

PLEASANT PRINCE (Indy King), runner-up by only a nose in the Florida Derby (G1) last out, arrived at Keeneland from South Florida on Wednesday night and settled in Barn 35 for trainer Wesley Ward. The sophomore has $162,500 in graded stakes earnings, which may not be enough to earn a spot in the starting gate for the May 1 Kentucky Derby (G1). Thus, the chestnut could possibly show up in the Blue Grass or the Lexington S. (G2) on April 17 for a chance to boost his bankroll.

"That decision is up to the boss (owner Ken Ramsey) ultimately," Ward said. "Pleasant Prince has galloped the past two days and he trains well on this track. He probably will breeze Sunday."

"I would rather train my horse up to the Kentucky Derby," Ramsey said Friday morning. "We are keeping our options open."

Trainer Todd Pletcher said Friday morning that his two Blue Grass Stakes hopefuls, multiple Grade 1-placed AIKENITE (Yes It's True) and dual Grade 3 winner INTERACTIF (Broken Vow), would work on two fronts Saturday.

"Aikenite is going to breeze at Palm Meadows and then ship to Keeneland on Sunday," Pletcher explained. "Interactif will work at Churchill Downs and stay there until he ships over to Keeneland the day of the race next Saturday."