Art Collector Readies for Churchill Return


Art Collector | Coady

Bruce Lunsford's Art Collector (Bernardini), winner of last year's GII Toyota Blue Grass S., is expected to make his 4-year-old debut in the June 25 Kelly's Landing S. at Churchill Downs. The bay colt was fourth in last year's GI Preakness S. and has been off since finishing eighth in the Nov. 7 GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.

Art Collector has been back on the work tab at Churchill Downs for the last four weeks, most recently working a half-mile in :50.60 (9/9) on the turf Sunday at Churchill Downs with regular rider Brian Hernandez Jr. in the saddle.

“He has some turf in his pedigree and actually broke his maiden on the grass. Today's work was just to keep our options open,” trainer Tommy Drury, Jr. said. “We're going to target the seven-furlong Kelly's Landing on dirt as his comeback race and take things from there. We're very fortunate to have a horse like this in our barn. He's shown his talent last year and we're very excited for what's ahead this year.”

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