04/30/2014 12:06PM

Uncle Sigh has half-mile blowout

Tom Keyser
Uncle Sigh goes a half-mile in 52.70 at Churchill Downs on Wednesday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Trainer Gary Contessa had Uncle Sigh stretch his legs over a muddy Churchill Downs track Wednesday, and the Withers and Gotham stakes runner-up went a half-mile for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby in a quicker-than-anticipated 52.70 seconds. Contessa said he was looking for more of a 54-second move but was elated with the way his colt moved over the surface.

“My God, his body language was great,” Contessa said. “That’s exactly what I was looking for body-language-wise, so I’m very thrilled. Let him open his lungs a little bit.”

With his only victory coming against New York-breds, Uncle Sigh will be a longshot in the Derby. But Contessa is confident that his horse will run well.

“I feel very, very good about being here,” he said. “I just love the way the horse looked. He’s training good, so I’m thrilled.”

Eddie Schwind More than 1 year ago
will definitely be in the super
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agree- live sleeper.Ran well against Saamrat and will be greatly overlooked- 50-1?
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
Too many ques to answer: 1st time blinks, jock, only ran at aqeduct
Roger More than 1 year ago
Don't sell him short. He ran a 95 beyer in his very first race and all 90's in his first four races, something none of the others have done. There is a lot of talent here and now a good rider on his back.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
That's a Bright View you have, good luck :)