(Exercise Rider and Assistant Trainer Nick Bush chats with Gene McLean before this year’s KY Derby / Photo by Leigh Ann Thacker)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Exercise rider Nick Bush has gotten on a number of good horses for trainer Todd Pletcher, most notably 2017 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming.

On Thursday morning, he got his maiden voyage on Team Valor International and WinStar Farm’s Gouverneur Morris, who figures to be one of the major players in Saturday’s $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1).

“His exercise rider at Saratoga is at Belmont, so this is my first time on him,” Bush said after the colt galloped on the main track. “He went very well – nice and relaxed – and covered the ground well.”

Gouverneur Morris was a 9-length winner in his debut that came over a sloppy track.

“He had always showed ability and being by (millionaire and two-time Grade 1 winner) Constitution, they thought highly of him,” Bush said. “He seems like a legit horse. We will find out Saturday.”

Is he another Always Dreaming?

“Hopefully,” Bush said.