O Besos, fifth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) and second in the Matt Winn Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs this spring, had his final serious training move June 29 at the Louisville track. With Indiana Grand’s meet-leader Marcelino Pedroza aboard, the Greg Foley trainee powered five-eighths of a mile in 1:00 1/5 in company right after the track opened for training.
“He galloped out just like he was before the Derby, galloped out really strong,” Pedroza said. “I’m really confident in him now, the way he worked today. I like him a lot.”
Foley’s horses won four races in a two-day span during Churchill Downs’ closing week, including Lloyd Madison Farms IV’s 2020 Indiana Derby runner-up Major Fed in an allowance race and Tamaroak Partners’ Bango in the Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes as part of a three-bagger on June 25. Two days later, Brilliant Racing’s Yes It’s Ginger took the $75,000 Chicken Fried Stakes at Lone Star Park near Dallas. Overall, the stable won 10 races, with another 12 seconds, while earning more than $1 million in purses from 58 starters at the recently concluded Churchill meet.
Asked if he believes in mojo, Foley said, “I really do. When it’s going good, it’s just funny the way things go. It just seems like you can’t do anything wrong. And when it goes the other way—I’ve been on the end of that, too—it just seems like you can’t do anything right. But right now, we’re rolling along. We’ve got some good horses, though, the best I’ve had in a long time. That helps more than anything.”
Foley is hoping that O Besos can top last year’s second-place finish by Major Fed in the Indiana Derby won by Shared Sense . O Besos already has improved on Major Fed’s 10th in the 2020 Kentucky Derby.
O Besos, a 3-year-old son of Orb , races for owners Bernard Racing, Tagg Team Racing, West Point Thoroughbreds, and Terry Stephens.
“We’re going over there to run good,” Foley said. “We’re not just going over there to run. The horse that beat us in the Matt Winn is going to be over there, so we’ve got to turn the tables on him.
“I thought our horse was a little keen that day, a little wired up for some reason. We’ve been working on that, to get him to relax a little more. That’s kind of why we wanted the company today. Marcelino said he did that really well, finished up the work good, and galloped out really good.”
Trainer Bret Calhoun also trained his Indiana Derby prospect (Mr. Wireless ) early Tuesday at Churchill. The Jon Lapczenski and JIL Stable-owned stakes-placed runner did not receive an official time from clockers, exercising at an approximate “two-minute lick.”
Fulsome will have his final workout Wednesday morning.
“He’s coming up to this race real well,” Cox said. “He’s going to breeze (Wednesday) and will ship up probably Sunday evening. But we’re very pleased with how he’s training.”