Independence Hall has a new Kentucky Derby 2020 prep option

Photograph: Chelsea Durand/NYRA

Independence Corridor, an undefeated colt who’s some of the early 2020 Kentucky Derby favorites, submitted his first printed paintings Monday at his new wintry weather house.

Relocated to Tampa Bay Downs since profitable the Jan. 1 Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct, the son of Charter breezed a very simple part mile in 50.60 seconds as teacher Michael Trombetta plots a route towards his subsequent prep.

“Usually, the large races aren’t on a Wednesday,” Trombetta mentioned, taking a look again on the Jerome that’s historically run on New Yr’s Day. “So now I’m simply seeking to rotate his agenda again round a little bit to the place I do one of the crucial heavier accountability stuff at the weekends.”

“That’s all we needed,” he added of the exercise time, with any other drill to come back once Sunday.

Independence Corridor moved his document to 3-for-Three within the Jerome, overcoming difficulties within the paddock and a sluggish ruin from the gate. He crowned an overmatched box in New York by way of 4 lengths at the again of a 12 1/4-length victory on the similar route/distance within the Nov. Three Nashua Stakes (G3).

Because the weeks move on, Trombetta mentioned he’ll proceed discussing race spots with house owners that come with Eclipse Thoroughbred Companions, Dual Creeks Racing Stables and Kathleen and Robert Verratti.

The 1 1/16-mile Sam F. Davis (G3), Tampa Bay Downs’ first prep, used to be discussed first of all after the Jerome. It’s going to pay out issues on a 10-4-2-1 foundation to its Best Four finishers on Feb. 8.

Every week later, then again, Honest Grounds’ hosts the Risen Big name (G2) going 1 1/Eight miles. Its issues are structured on a 50-20-10-Five scale, necessarily making certain its winner a place within the Derby beginning gate with time to run in any other prep earlier than the primary Saturday in Might.

“A majority of these issues are being kicked round in dialog with the house owners team,” Trombetta mentioned. “After we get a bit additional down the road, we’ll flow into some more difficult selections.”

Eclipse and Dual Creeks purchased into Independence Corridor after his debut, a victory on Parx Racing’s Sept. 21 Pennsylvania Derby (G1) undercard. In the course of the Jerome, the colt did the majority of his coaching at Honest Hill in Maryland, the place grime and all-weather monitor choices are to be had.

“He’s been there 4 or 5 days,” Trombetta mentioned of Tampa Bay Downs. “He’s settled in OK. I simply need to take a look at to get him on his common regimen. It’s relatively a distinction in climate down right here to up there, however he turns out to have treated it positive.”

William Hill U.S. bumped Independence Corridor to 10-1 2nd selection in its Kentucky Derby futures after the Jerome at the back of best the Grade 1 winner Tiz the Legislation, who’s 8-1.

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