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OZONE PARK, NY – Godolphin’s Prevalence registered his final work on Sunday before shipping to New York for this Saturday’s $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by Resorts World Casino (G2).
Prevalence posted a 1/2-mile breeze in 47.60 seconds at his home base at the Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Florida.
Trainer Brendan Walsh said he’s been pleased with the Medaglia d’Oro colt’s training and will see him ship to New York on Wednesday, when the draw for the 100-40-20-10-point Kentucky Derby (G1) qualifier will occur.
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Prevalence, unraced as a juvenile, is 2-for-2, recording a 8 1/2-length debut victory on January 23 at Gulfstream Park and following with a 3-length score stretched out to a mile on March 11 at the same track.
“He worked here this morning at Palm Meadows and it went very well and he’s flying up there on Wednesday. It looks like he’s going into the race in good shape,” Walsh said. “It’s another step now, so we’ll find out if he can go the two turns as well. This will answer our questions and be a good test for him.”
Walsh said he’s optimistic Prevalence can handle the challenge of shipping in for a race for the first time, citing his demeanor and temperament.
“He’s a very nice, quiet, easy-going horse and I don’t think the travel will affect him at all,” Walsh said. “We’ll see how he handles the track. He hits me as a horse who can handle any kind of surface.”
Walsh, who has registered 364 wins and earnings of more than $20 million, said the chance to compete in a prestigious race such as the Wood Memorial is a special one, especially with the 2020 edition not being able to run because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s fantastic. This is why we’re in the game; to be part of these races, and to bring a horse up there who should be a live one, it’s very exciting,” Walsh said.
Jockey Tyler Gaffalione, aboard for Prevalence’s first 2 starts, will have the return call in the Wood Memorial.
“It’s always good when you can have continuity,” Walsh said. “It all helps. Tyler’s a great rider, so we look forward to having him on board.”
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