05/01/2012 12:44PM

Sean Avery back training with eye on Vanderbilt defense

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Tom Keyser
Sean Avery upset the Vanderbilt last year (above) and has a shot at making the race again.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The top older sprinter Sean Avery, who was injured following his upset victory in the Grade 1 Vanderbilt Handicap last summer at Saratoga, went back into training on Tuesday and could be ready to defend his Vanderbilt title this summer, trainer Allen Iwinski said Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs.

“He had a tiny tear in a tendon,” Iwinski said. “That’s what he came back from last time. Lynn Boutte, who did the rehab last time, has him again down in Ocala, Fla. He’ll come in to me whenever Lynn says he’s ready. She did such a great job last time that I’ll let her tell me when he’s ready.

“If he comes back like he did last time, he definitely could make the Vanderbilt.”