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Banned breezes for Virginia Derby

Banned, seen here romping in the American Turf, will try for a graded hat trick in the Virginia Derby (Reed Palmer Photography/Churchill Downs)

Glen Hill Farm's BANNED (Kitten's Joy), a two-time graded winner on turf, tuned up for a run in the $600,000 Virginia Derby (G2) at Colonial Downs on July 16 with a sharp half-mile work over Churchill Downs' firm Matt Winn Turf Course on Thursday.

The bay three-year-old, who captured the American Turf S. (G2) and Jefferson Cup (G3) in his last two under the Twin Spires, breezed four furlongs around the dogs in :50 2/5 for trainer Tom Proctor.

"He's a little keener than I'd like him to be at this point, but that's OK, it was still a good work," Proctor said.

Proctor gave his rising star a bit of a breather after his Jefferson Cup win, but is now gearing Banned up for the Virginia Derby.

"I was thinking about working him Tuesday, but I wanted to give him an extra couple days because it's the summer and hot and you don't want to cook them," Proctor explained. "I probably could have worked him Tuesday though, because I don't think he ran too hard in his last race."

A big effort by Banned at Colonial Downs could convince Proctor to point his pupil to a run in the 1 1/4-mile Secretariat S. (G1) at Arlington Park on August 13.

"We'll have to see how he comes back from the Virginia Derby, but it's a big possibility we will run in the Secretariat," Proctor remarked. "I don't know if he's really bred to go that far and the bottom half of his pedigree says he can't, but if you look at his action he looks like he could handle 1 1/4 miles."

Bred in Kentucky by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Banned has thus far banked $299,076 in lifetime earnings to go along with his 7-4-0-1 career record.


 


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