04/14/2009 12:00AM

I Want Revenge works at Churchill


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - I Want Revenge, one of the top contenders for the 135th Kentucky Derby, had his first breeze over the Churchill Downs surface when going an easy half-mile Tuesday morning in 50 seconds under regular rider Joe Talamo.

Over a muddy and sealed racetrack, and with trainer Jeff Mullins watching frontside, I Want Revenge went in splits of 12.40, 24.40, and 36.80, galloping out five furlongs in 1:04.60.

"He needed to do enough to keep himself safe, because he's been tearing the barn down," Mullins said afterward. "We had to let him do a little something today."

I Want Revenge is coming off impressive victories in the Gotham and Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. He closed as the 9-2 favorite in the third and final pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager earlier this month.

I Want Revenge, co-owned by David Lanzman and IEAH Stables, is scheduled to breeze the next two Tuesdays at Churchill.