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Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Dullahan should have no problem racing on dirt in the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Dale Romans said April 17.

The 3-year-old Even The Score colt has raced on dirt three times with third-place his best finish. He is a two-time grade I winner on the Keeneland Polytrack.

“He trains on dirt everyday at Churchill Downs,” Romans said during the NTRA Communications media teleconference. “He seems to love the track. I don’t see that as being a problem.”

Dullahan, owned by Jerry Crawford’s Donegal Racing, raced six times at 2 and began his 3-year-old campaign with a nice second-place finish behind Howe Great in the March 11 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park. The Blue Grass was his second start of the year.

Romans said Dullahan has the tools needed to win the Kentucky Derby.

“He can go from zero to 60 like a Ferrari,” the trainer said. “It takes that to win the Kentucky Derby—you need acceleration to get out of trouble. I wouldn’t trade places with anyone right now. He’s a prototype for a Derby horse; he jumps through every single hoop.”