Gotham Winner J Boys Echo Breezes Half-Mile at Churchill Downs

Gotham Winner J Boys Echo Breezes Half-Mile at Churchill Downs

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Churchill Downs Press Release: Albaugh Family Stable’s J Boys Echo breezed a half-mile in :49.20 Sunday at Churchill Downs in preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 6.

J Boys Echo, with regular exercise rider Tammy Fox aboard, was clocked in splits of :12, :24.40 and :37 before galloping out five furlongs in 1:02.20 and three-quarters of a mile in 1:16 over a “fast” surface.

Video courtesy of Churchill Downs

“It was a really solid work,” trainer Dale Romans said. “We’ll come back next Saturday and go a little faster. Only one hurdle left until the first Saturday in May.

The colt’s owner, Albaugh Family Stable, is based in Des Moines, Iowa with the state’s richest man, Dennis Albaugh, at the helm. Albaugh’s net worth is estimated at $1.5 billion after he started a fertilizer company in 1979. Today, Albaugh, LLC is recognized as the largest, American-based, manufacturer and formulator of agricultural crop protection products.

The Albaugh Family Stable is no stranger to success in the racing industry. They won the 2016 Blue Grass with Brody’s Cause, who finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby. J Boys Echo is stabled in Barn 4.

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