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Staples Removed, Un Ojo Should Be Back On The Work Tab Saturday

Un Ojo in the paddock at Oaklawn Park prior to the G1 Arkansas Derby

The staples in Un Ojo's left shoulder were removed on Thursday, reports the Daily Racing Form, and the 3-year-old son of Laoban is expected to return to the work tab on Saturday. Injured during the running of the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby on April 2, Un Ojo has since resumed training at his Louisiana base, the Copper Crowne Training Center in Opelousas.

Trained by Ricky Courville, Un Ojo captured the G2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn on Feb. 26 at odds of 75-1. Prior to that, the one-eyed gelding was the runner-up in the G3 Withers behind Early Voting, and the runner-up in the Dec. 18 New York Stallion Series Stakes at Aqueduct.

Courville is hopeful Un Ojo will still be able to make it to the Kentucky Derby. If the gelding's work on Saturday goes well, Courville plans to ship him north to Churchill Downs the following week, where he will have two more breezes before the big day.

“He'll come from way back,” Courville said of Un Ojo. “To me, the Derby this year, everybody's got speed. He'll run either way, but in the Derby we'll probably let him settle back and see what happens.

“He can come running like he did in the Withers and pick up the pieces.”

Read more at the Daily Racing Form.

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