JULIEN LEPAROUX, AMERICAN LION, Winner: “This was a good learning experience for him. He needs to learn more and he’s still a big baby. That’s good though, because he’s still winning. When the other horse came up to him at the wire, he just took off again. It’s not like’s he’s tired or anything. He’s just a little green, but he’s a nice horse.”
EOIN HARTY, AMERICAN LION, Winner: “This horse is very sensible, but he’s still unfocused. Coming down the stretch he was flicking his ears and looking at everything. But there’s plenty of time to correct that before Derby Day, if we get that far. At the three-eighths pole I thought he was in trouble. It looked like he was under a ride and going nowhere. But he got to running in the lane.”
NOTES: Julien Leparoux, based in Kentucky, also flew in to ride Belgravia to victory in the 2006 Prevue. Belgravia finished fourth in the Futurity . . . Champion Declan’s Moon became the lastest of four Prevue winners to win the Futurity in 2004. Others: King Glorious (1988), Afternoon Deelites (1994) and Lion Heart (2003).
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