Dublin worked a bullet five furlongs in :59.20 after the renovation break Monday morning with jockey Terry Thompson
Working in company with Buzzin and Dreamin, Dublin
broke off about a length and a half behind his workmate, passed Buzzin
and Dreamin on the far turn and finished 13-14 lengths ahead at the
wire. Clockers caught Dublin in fractions of :11.80, :23.20, :35.20,
:47.20 with a six-furlong gallop out time of 1:13.20.
“I’m going to need a faster rabbit,” four-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas
said after the work. “I thought it was an excellent work. I liked the
way he did it. It was a little quick. It is hard to say it was in
company; it was almost a solo work.
“The first work here, it is the energy that you
want to see and I saw that today. I think he really fits. I like him as
well as any of them I’ve had.”
Thompson, who never has ridden in the Kentucky Derby, liked the work.
“We were shooting for :59,” Thompson said. “He
passed his company early. We were hoping to get to the head of the
stretch, but Dublin passed him early and I let him go on so we could
get close to what Wayne wanted.”
Thompson almost had a Kentucky Derby start in 2003.
“I was 24 hours from the gate,” said Thompson, who
had won the Arkansas Derby on Sir Cherokee. “It was probably the
biggest low for me to hear that he hurt his leg (fractured right hind).
I went from the biggest high to the biggest low.”
Thompson rode Dublin to a runner-up finish in the
Southwest (GIII) in February and a third-place finish in the Arkansas
“I think Terry is riding as well as anybody in the
nation right now and he has great chemistry with the horse,” Lukas
said. “We had made a change of riders, but it didn’t work and we had
the sense to switch back. If it wasn’t broken, it shouldn’t have been