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Maxey Boy hot off a layoff


Darley Stable's Maxey Boy came back from a nine-month layoff to score a decisive victory on Thursday at Churchill Downs in a Maiden Special Weight with jockey Rafael Bejarano in the irons. The 3-year-old colt broke sharply and settled just behind the leader, who clicked off swift fractions of 22.2 and 46.1. He assumed the lead at the eighth pole and was too much to catch, clearing the wire a half-length ahead of the second betting choice Parioli's Trick and completing the 6 furlongs in 1:10.4.

The Forestry bay went off as the nine to five favorite after finishing 2nd and 4th in a pair of sprints during his 2-year-old season with trainer Eoin Harty's strings at Belmont and Saratoga. He was given a long break over the winter and resumed his conditioning under trainer Johnny Burke at Keeneland's training center on Rice Road. Burke had the colt ready to run when he rejoined Harty's barn for his last two works before today's race.

"He won well," said Harty. "He had been training forwardly and should improve from this. He will be pointed to an A-other-than for his next race."

Maxey Boy was bred in Kentucky by Classicstar and is out of the Copelan mare Miss Regal Copelan. He was purchased at the 2005 Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $675,000.

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