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'General' works at Churchill

4/23/2014

In preparations for the Kentucky Derby on May 3, Grade 1-placed General a Rod completed a leisurely five-furlong breeze in 1:03 ⅖ April 23 at Churchill Downs.

The workout was more than three seconds slower than the other Derby worker on Wednesday, Grade 2 winner Hoppertunity who completed five furlongs in 1:00 ⅕. J. Armando Rodriguez's General a Rod completed the first furlong in :13 seconds and a quarter-mile in :26 ⅕ seconds. He completed his final quarter-mile in :24 ⅖ seconds and galloped out another furlong in :14 ⅕ seconds.

General a Rod is one of three horses trainer Mike Maker is pointing to the Kentucky Derby as the son of Roman Ruler is joined by stablemates Vicar's in Trouble and Harry's Holiday.

General a Rod won the Gulfstream Park Derby on Jan. 1 and enters the Kentucky Derby off of a runner-up finish in the Feb. 22 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes, followed by a third-place finish in the Besilu Florida Derby on March 29 at Gulfstream Park.