Trainer Graham Motion was pleased with Went the Day Well’s physical condition on Tuesday at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md., following his fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (G1).
Owned by Team Valor International and Mark Ford, Went the Day Well shipped out of Churchill Downs on Monday on the same flight that transported Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another to Baltimore.
“I’m just amazed how this horse has handled everything,” said Motion, whose colt overcame a troubled trip to finish a fast-closing fourth in the Kentucky Derby. “Everything has gone smoothly, knock on wood.”
Motion said he has watched the replay of the Kentucky Derby a half-dozen times.
“I’m not sure seeing it that you get a true appreciation for the trouble that he had,” said Motion, who saddled last year’s Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom, for a second-place finish in the Preakness. “Every time I’ve watched it, it amazes me how in a jump or two more, I think, he hits the board or finishes second.”
Went the Day Well captured the Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park in March. The New York-bred son of Proud Citizen finished a rallying fourth in the Kentucky Derby under John Velazquez. He is expected to make his next start in the Preakness Stakes on May 19.
–Maryland Jockey Club Publicity contributed to this report.
Went the Day Well/Reed Palmer photo