Faversham, a full brother to two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, worked five furlongs early Saturday morning in 1:01.20 for the $200,000 California Cup Derby at a mile and one-sixteenth on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 19 at Santa Anita.
The chestnut ridgling by Lucky Pulpit-Love the Chase was ridden by Stewart Elliott, winner of the 2004 Kentucky Derby on Smarty Jones. Elliott was aboard Faversham in his first and only start, closing from eighth and last to be second by a length and a quarter going six furlongs on Jan. 15.
“I got him in a minute and three-fifths, but I've got that fast watch,” said trainer Art Sherman after the drill. “He really finished strong the last part of it this morning. He had the perfect company. Some horse opened up two or three lengths on him, and down the lane, he just smoldered down and got him.
“Stewart really liked the way he worked.”
Said Stewart of Faversham's first race: “He broke just so-so; it says he broke slow, but he really doesn't have the speed, and we knew he'd want to go longer. It took him a while to get going, he ate a little bit of dirt, but he finally came running and finished real strong.
“I think he's just crying to go two turns.”
A large field looms for the California Cup Derby. Other probables include Campaigner, Continental Divide, Dynamic Duo, Fire When Ready, Heck Yeah, Intimidate, Kaleidoscope Kid, Lucky Romano and Night At the Opera.
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