Derby Runners Return in Matt Winn


O Besos | Horsephotos

O Besos (Orb) and Helium (Ironicus), fifth and eighth, respectively, in the GI Kentucky Derby, return in Saturday's GIII Matt Winn S. at Churchill Downs.

The late-running O Besos, just 5 1/2 lengths off the mark on the first Saturday in May, was previously a good third in the GII Louisiana Derby Mar. 20.

“We love running at Churchill and this race gives us plenty of options going forward,” trainer Greg Foley said. “He worked an easy half-mile [in :49] Monday morning and is doing well from the Derby. We can lead him over for the race right from Barn 11.”

The GII Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby winner, meanwhile, suffered his first career defeat in the Derby, finishing 10 1/2 lengths adrift of Medina Spirit (Protonico).

The in-form Fulsome (Into Mischief) is perfect in two attempts since switching to dirt, headed by a win in the Oaklawn S. May 1.

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