Monday, March 24, 2003

New York Hero may be Derby-bound

The Enquirer and wire reports

Paraneck Stable's New York Hero headed back to New York on Sunday, but his connections are hoping to return to the Bluegrass in six weeks for the Kentucky Derby following their colt's upset victory in the $500,000 Grade II Lane's End Stakes on Saturday.

The Partner's Hero colt, who won the 1 1/8-mile race at odds of 14-to-1, left the Florence track early Sunday morning for the van ride back to his home base.

Trainer Jennifer Pedersen, who was "still living on a cloud" Sunday morning, said they would wait and see how New York Hero came out of this race, but his next start would probably come in the Grade I Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct on April 12.

Before Lane's End, New York Hero had won two of four starts with two seconds at that track.

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