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3 yo. colt Paddy O'Prado C.S. Royce
Entered but unable to make the starting gate as the second also-eligible for the Kentucky Derby, Cherry Wine is set to take aim instead at the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
A gray or roan son of Paddy O’Prado, who finished third in the Derby and sixth in the Preakness in 2010, Cherry Wine is making his third straight start in stakes company and looking for his first win outside maiden and allowance ranks.
Following an impressive 1 1/16-mile optional claiming allowance victory by six lengths Jan. 9 at Gulfstream Park to kick off his 3-year-old campaign, Cherry Wine finished fourth in the Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn Park March 19 and third in the Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland April 9, his most recent start.
Cherry Wine ran four times at three different tracks to open his career last year before breaking through with a 9 ¼-length maiden triumph in the slop last November at Churchill Downs to close his juvenile campaign.