Calumet Farm’s Sunland Derby (Grade III) winner Hence breezed five furlongs in 1:00.40 Monday morning at Churchill Downs for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen in preparation for the Kentucky Derby (GI) on Saturday, May 6.
Hence breezed in company over the “fast” track at 6 a.m. with Local Hero (1:00.40) in fractions of :13, :25,40, :37 and :48.60, before galloping out three-quarters of a mile in 1:13.40 and seven furlongs in 1:27.
“It’s very comforting to see Hence doing well again over the Churchill surface,” Asmussen said.
The 3-year-old son of Street Boss has a lifetime record of 6-2-1-1 with earnings of $462,601.
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