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Kentucky Derby Winner Returns to Work

Wednesday, 31st January 2018

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming (Bodemeister-Above Perfection, by In Excess) made his first public appearance as a 4YO when breezing an easy three furlongs in :37.13 at Palm Beach Downs at Florida on Monday, reports Blood Horse. The Todd Pletcher trainee's 3YO campaign was prematurely cut short when he was found to have stomach ulcers following his unplaced effort (9th of 12) in the Gr1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga last August. "It was a nice work, what I would call a controlled work," said co-owner Anthony Bonomo of Brooklyn Boyz Stable. "He's been back with Todd for a while, and Todd knows when they're ready. I think the work was what he expected and what he wanted. The horse was happy as heck, which is always nice to see." Bonomo added: "He looks beautiful and I'm encouraged that he's all systems go. You've got to be optimistic about him, because in the beginning of the year, I don't think anybody would have beaten him. We're hoping he comes back to form - there's a lot of good horses out there - but he's certainly one of them...we're optimistic he'll return to the horse he was last year." No potential targets have been announced.

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