Fly Lexis Fly: could be prepared for a crack at the Kentucky Derby in MayPICTURE: Jockey Club del Peru
South American stars join Drysdale stable
USA: Dual Peruvian Classic winner Fly Lexis Flyhas arrived safely in the US for his proposed tilt at the Kentucky Derby on May 5.
The Badge Of Silver colt is northern hemisphere-bred, meaning he turned three on New Year's Day, and has been racing against older sourthern hemisphere-bred rivals, who have been three-year-olds since July 1, in the Peruvian Classics.
After initially contemplating sending his colt to trainer Angel Penna Jr, owner Oscar Peña changed course and shipped his stable star to theWest Coast to US Racing Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale.
Drysdale, who trained Hall of Famer A.P. Indy to win the 1992 Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, Belmont Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic, has nominated Fly Lexis Fly for the 75th running of the US$750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 7.
Joining Fly Lexis Fly from Peru was Xuang Feng, a Speightstown colt who won two of three starts in Lima.
Other South American additions to Drysdale's stable include Chilean stars Ascot Prince and Omayad.
Ascot Prince, recognised as Chile's 2010 Horse of the Year, will resume racing in the US while Omayad will race for prominent Chilean owner-breeder Oussama Aboughazaleh, who is also planning to send Chile's star filly Amani to Drysdale's southern California stable.
Former Argentine superstar Interaction also arrived in California on Monday, where he is to resume his racing career under the tutelage of Racing Hall ofFame trainer Ron McAnally.