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Encino Works 5 Furlongs for Toyota Blue Grass

Godolphin’s Encino, winner of the John Battaglia Memorial (L) at Turfway Park in his most recent racet, turned in his second Keeneland work Saturday morning in preparation for an expected start in next Saturday’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) with a 5-furlong breeze in 1:01. 

Working with stakes-placed Tapit Shoes, Encino posted fractions of :23.80, :37.80, :48.60 and 1:01 over the fast main track. Encino worked the same distance in 1:01.80 last Saturday in company with Tapit Shoes. 

“It was a pretty straightforward work, like last week,” said Tessa Walden, assistant to trainer Brad Cox. 

Another Cox candidate for the Toyota Blue Grass, Qatar Racing and Marc Detampel’s Just a Touch, is scheduled to work Sunday morning. Second in the Gotham (G3) on March 2 in his most recent start, Just a Touch worked five-eighths of a mile in :59.80 here last Monday. The time was the fastest of 17 works at the distance.