Katsumi and Yasuyo Yoshizawa's Japanese-bred Master Fencer, trained by Koichi Tsunoda, exited his adjudged sixth-place Kentucky Derby (GI) finish in top shape, according to his connections.
As stated immediately following his eye-catching closing finish from last place, he is pointing toward the Belmont Stakes (GI) in five weeks' time.
“He didn't break that well, but we knew he'd break slowly,: Tsunoda said. :He made a huge effort in the stretch. I'm really pleased with how we finished so close to the other quality horses in the race. Great effort by horse and rider. If he comes out of this well, I want to take him to the Belmont (Stakes) next.”
“I very much appreciate the connections of this horse for allowing me the opportunity to ride in the Derby,” added jockey Julien Leparoux.
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