BOYNTON BEACH, FL – Trainer Jimmy Jerkens’ graded stakes-winning colt Green Light Go returned to the worktab on Wednesday, resuming his training after missing the past two weeks.
Green Light Go worked 3 furlongs in a sharp :35.75 over the Palm Meadows Training Center dirt, the best of four to cover that distance. After showing tremendous promise last summer, including winning the Saratoga Special Stakes (G2), he has had a rocky start to the 2020 season.
Debuting in the Swale Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park on February 1, Green Light Go closed from near the rear to miss second by a neck, though he and runner-up Shivaree were a well-beaten 7 lengths behind Mischevious Alex. Green Light Go’s effort was flattered when Mischevious Alex returned to take the Gotham Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct and earn 50 points towards the Kentucky Derby (G1).
Green Light Go’s next scheduled start, the 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park on February 29, was nixed when he spiked a fever just days before the event. Jerkens gave the colt time off before putting him through a pair of 4-furlong works on March 12 and March 19, but he was conspicuously absent until today’s work.
Green Light Go is a 3-year-old son of Hard Spun out of the Pleasantly Perfect mare Light Green, whose lone start against graded stakes foes was a narrow second in the 6-furlong Prioress Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park in 2009. Owned by Stronach Stables, Green Light Go was bred by Adena Springs, Stronach Stables’ breeding arm.