Highly-touted juvenile Dennis' Moment returned to training Thursday morning at Churchill Downs following his disappointing last-place finish in Friday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Grade I) at Santa Anita.
“I just wanted to get him out there to see how he'd handle things,” trainer Dale Romans said. “He looked really good. We'll see where we go next but I just wanted to take it one day at a time to see how he was doing.”
Owned by Albaugh Family Stables, Dennis' Moment stumbled badly out of the gate in the Juvenile and was distanced throughout the race.
“This game is full of ups and downs and that was probably our lowest point,” Albaugh Family Stables' racing manager Jason Loutsch said.
Dennis' Moment returned to Churchill Downs on Saturday and the team originally stated he'd receive a 45-day layoff until his 3-year-old season.
The $200,000 Iroquois Stakes (GIII) winner was not the only horse in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile who didn't handle the race well. Joseph Sutton's Iroquois runner-up Scabbard returned to Churchill Downs following his fourth-place effort in the Juvenile.
“No one was able to close on that surface,” trainer Eddie Kenneally said. “The track played weird for a lot of horses out there.”
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