2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red, who missed the Triple Crown due to a hoof abscess during the winter, breezed a mile in between the fourth and fifth races at Santa Anita Park this afternoon.
With Kent Desormeaux in the saddle, Texas Red started off several lengths behind a workmate through fractions of :25.33, :50.29, and 1:15.20, but began gaining ground on the final turn while under light urging. Turning for home, the colt was briefly asked for serious run by Desormeaux, and Texas Red responded with a burst of speed that carried him well clear of his stablemate. He passed the eighth pole in the time of 1:27.60, then cruised past the wire in the time of 1:38.97 while finishing well ahead of his workmate.
A son of Afleet Alex trained by Keith Desormeaux, Texas Red is scheduled to make his next start in the July 4th Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park.