Trainer likes his horse's Derby chances

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Thoroughbred trainer Steve Asmussen hopes
his three-year-old "Pyro" can do something 2007's Horse of the
Year could not - win the Kentucky Derby.
Asmussen also trained "Curlin," who was able to win the
Preakness Stakes, and Breeders' Cup Classic in 2007.
Asmussen says Pyro has developed and matured nicely. The colt
has built a reputation for stunning finishes. Pyro came from behind
to win the Risen Star Stakes and Louisiana Derby.
He is expected to be the favorite in the Blue Grass Stakes
Saturday on Keeneland's Polytrack. A win would make him one of the
favorites to take the Derby on May third at Churchill Downs.
Asmussen says, so far, the horse hasn't run a race good enough
to win the Derby but he thinks Pyro is in position to move forward.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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