Godolphin's First Mission (Street Sense), the runaway winner of the GIII Lexington S., completed his final major work Saturday ahead of next Saturday's GI Preakness S. at Pimlico. The colt covered five furlongs in :59.20 early yesterday morning at Churchill Downs.
“He's lightly raced, but I liked what I saw of him all winter and into the Lexington,” said trainer Brad Cox. “He bounced out of it in good shape and he's got a lot of talent. I'm looking forward to giving him a swing at a Grade I.”
Runner up in his career debut at the Fair Grounds in February, the dark bay followed up with an impressive 6 3/4-length victory going a route of ground for the first time the following month.
“He came into our barn last spring and just needed some extra time to develop,” added Cox. “It was nothing major why we gave him time off. We just thought he was a later developing horse. Ever since we brought him back he's impressed us and been very consistent in his training.”
To view First Mission's work and Brad Cox discussing the colt's move afterward, click here.