J Boys Echo ‘Came Back Really Good,’ Considered For Blue Grass Or Wood

Albaugh Racing Stable's J Boys Echo emerged from his 3 ½-length victory in Saturday's Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham at Aqueduct Racetrack in top shape, said co-owner Jason Loutsch, and was heading back to Dale Romans' winter training base at Gulfstream Park on Sunday morning.

Newly armed with 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points from the Gotham, enough to guarantee a spot in the starting gate for the May 6 “Run for the Roses,” J Boys Echo scored his first stakes win following promising finishes in the Grade 3 Delta Jackpot (fourth) last fall and the Grade 3 Withers (third) on February 4 at the Big A.

“He came back really good,” said Loutsch. “He's on his way back to Florida now. We're obviously really thrilled with the result and very proud of him. It's really humbling. We didn't know if we could beat the 4 horse [El Areeb] yesterday and fortunately we got a good set up and he ran the race we thought he could. We've been waiting for that race for him to break out and kind of grow up and he did that yesterday and we're thrilled.”

Loutsch echoed his trainer's post-race comments, noting that the Mineshaft colt, who earned a preliminary 102 Beyer Speed Figure in the Gotham, would more than likely run again before the first Saturday in May, either in the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct or the Grade 2 Blue Grass at Keeneland, both on April 8 and each awarding 100-40-20-10 Derby points to the top four finishers.

“It'll be the Blue Grass or the Wood, for sure, under consideration,” Loutsch said. “We love New York and we love what we did up there. The good news is that we're not under pressure to win the next race so we want to get a good out and wherever we feel is best for him is the one we'll probably point to.”

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