07/09/2011 1:32PM

Hollywood Park: Premier Pegasus nears return to training

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Premier Pegasus has healed from a hairline fracture and is a few weeks from a return to training.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – The 3-year-old graded stakes winner Premier Pegasus and the graded-stakes-placed Riveting Reason are being prepared for comebacks later this year, according to Maria Ayala, the assistant to owner-trainer Myung Kwon Cho.

Premier Pegasus, scratched from the Santa Anita Derby the day before the race with a hairline fracture of the cannon bone of his left foreleg, is within three weeks of returning to racetrack training and is at a local farm.

“He’s almost ready to come back,” Ayala said.

There is no timetable for a return to racing for Premier Pegasus, who like Riveting Reason is by Fusaichi Pegasus. Premier Pegasus has won 4 of 5 starts, the most recent of which was a 7 3/4-length victory in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita in March.

Riveting Reason, unraced since finishing second by a nose in the Grade 2 Robert Lewis Stakes, has resumed training at Santa Anita after a three-month break.

“He’s jogging now,” Ayala said.

A winner of 1 of 9 starts and $197,500, Riveting Reason was turned out in mid-March with a hoof injury. Last year, Riveting Reason was third in two Grade 1 races – the Del Mar Futurity and Norfolk Stakes – before an eighth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.