Perfect Bull recorded another workout Saturday morning. Equiped with his familiar figure-eight bridle rather than the more restrictive drop noseband he wore for his previous work, the colt was relaxed and not fighting the bit; perhaps lesson learned or simply growing up. The four furlong move was designed as a maintenance work in anticipation of an upcoming race. However, just two other runners entered and thus the race was not carded. The next opportunity looks to be an open allowance offered on April 25 at Tampa Bay Downs.
While the lack of competition will keep the big colt waiting for awhile, elsewhere Tampa Bay foes have been tearing up the Derby Trail. The winner of the Tampa Bay Derby, Musket Man, replicated his form and impressively won the Illinois Derby last weekend at Hawthorne. Today's Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland was contested by Join In The Dance and General Quarters, second and fifth place finishers respectively in the Tampa Bay Derby. Join In The Dance set the pace for a half-mile while General Quarters took command in the stretch and won handily. Also today, previously once-beaten Win Willy (that at the hands of our very own Perfect Bull) finished a solid fourth in the Arkansas Derby. That's some tough competition, and we'll be cheering for them all when the gates open on the First Saturday in May.