Shug McGaughey has run an odds&#45;on favorite in the Kentucky Derby, runner&#45;up Easy Goer in 1989, so he has no delusions about how a colt named Admiral Perry matches up with the top 3&#45;year&#45;olds of 2011.McGaughey went out of his way this week to put Admiral Perry on a northbound van from his Florida base for Turfway Park, where on Saturday night the dark bay colt will be one of the favorites in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes.&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t have any visions of the Kentucky Derby or anything,&rdquo; said McGaughey. &ldquo;But maybe if he ran good, we&rsquo;d run back in the next one there. I just thought it was logical to give him a try in a spot like this.&rdquo;Admiral Perry, with leading jockey Ben Creed to ride, will break from post 1 in a field of nine 3&#45;year&#45;olds in the Battaglia, a 1 1/16&#45;mile Polytrack race that serves as the local prep for the Grade 3, $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes. The 40th running of the annual Turfway showcase, which has been held under a variety of names, is set for March 26.Admiral Perry enters off back&#45;to&#45;back victories, the most recent coming in a first&#45;level turf allowance at Tampa Bay Downs.&ldquo;He ran real well on the grass at Tampa and seemed to like it a lot,&rdquo; said McGaughey. &ldquo;I thought maybe he&rsquo;d like the Poly. There aren&rsquo;t going to be any &lsquo;two other thans&rsquo; down here, so this looked pretty good.&rdquo;Among the other contenders are Blue Laser, winner of the Grey Stakes last fall; Positive Response, a two&#45;back winner of the California Derby; and Twinspired, a 4 1/4&#45;length winner of the WEBN Stakes four weeks ago.Twinspired is owned by three ownership groups. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re all having a great time with him,&rdquo; said Dr. Harvey Diamond, a principal in Skychai (pronounced &ldquo;Sky High&rdquo;) Racing.This will be the 30th running of the Battaglia, named for the general manager of the track formerly known as Latonia. Veteran race&#45;caller Mike Battaglia traditionally presents the winner&rsquo;s trophy in honor of his late father.First post Saturday is 5:30 p.m Eastern., with the Battaglia (9:22 post) carded as the ninth of 12 races.