J Boys Echo Puts In ‘Really Solid Work’ At Churchill Sunday

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.

“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 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.

With inclement weather on Saturday, Sunday morning was busier for Kentucky Derby contenders during Churchill Downs' exclusive training session from 8:30-8:45 a.m.

  • Blue Grass (Grade II) third-place finisher McCraken galloped 1 ¾ miles with regular exercise rider Yoni Orantes up. The Ghostzapper colt is scheduled to breeze Monday at 8:30 a.m. for trainer Ian Wilkes.
  • Two of trainer Steve Asmussen's Derby contenders came to the track after the renovation break – Sunland Derby winner Hence and Arkansas Derby third-place finisher Lookin At Lee. Hence is scheduled to breeze Monday morning between 6-6:30 a.m.
  • Gotham winner J Boys Echo breezed a half-mile in :49.20 with regular exercise rider Tammy Fox aboard.
  • Arkansas Derby winner Classic Empire trained at 6:30 a.m. with exercise rider Martin Rivera aboard. The colt will continue to train in the first two sets, according to assistant trainer Norm Casse.
  • Other Kentucky Derby contenders on the grounds include Rebel Stakes (GII) third-place finisher Untrapped, Florida Derby (GI) runner-up State of Honor and Florida Derby third-place finisher Gunnevera, who arrived at Barn 41 late Saturday night after a van ride from Florida.
  • At Trackside Louisville, Churchill Downs' satellite training facility located five miles from the main track, Spiral Stakes (GIII) winner Fast and Accurate breezed five furlongs in 1:00.20. Part ownership in the colt was recently acquired by Olympic gold medal skier Bode Miller.

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