J. Armando Rodriguez's General a Rod
recorded his first official
work at Churchill Downs in preparation for Kentucky Derby 140, covering
five furlongs in 1:03.40 with splits of :13, :26.20, 39 and out six
furlongs in 1:17.60 with exercise rider Joel Barrientos up for trainer
General a Rod's work came after the morning
renovation break and was followed by Barrientos aboard Ken and Sarah
Ramsey's Vicar's In Trouble
, who galloped.
"They're all in
good shape," Maker said. "General a Rod had a routine, maintenance work,
so we'll work him back in six days and go from there."
Skychai Racing, Terry Raymond and Jana Wagner's Harry's Holiday
of the first horses on the track after it opened at 5:45 to gallop under
Barrientos. DANCE WITH FATE
(No. 3) - Sharon Alesia,
Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing's Dance With Fate, winner of the Blue
Grass Stakes (GI) in his most recent start, is scheduled to work
Saturday morning on the turf at Santa Anita according to trainer Peter
Dance With Fate is scheduled to ship to Louisville on Monday. Corey Nakatani has the mount.DANZA
(No. 6)/INTENSE HOLIDAY
(No. 8)/WE MISS ARTIE
19) - Three of trainer Todd Pletcher's four Kentucky Derby possible
entrants galloped after the renovation break at Churchill Downs.
Making their initial appearances beneath the Twin Spires were
Starlight Racing's Intense Holiday and Ken and Sarah Ramsey's We Miss
Artie, both of whom arrived from Florida Tuesday afternoon. Isabelle
Bourez was aboard Intense Holiday and Nick Bush was on We Miss Artie.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Danza, winner of the Arkansas Derby (GI), was partnered by Ezequiel Perez.
Vinceremos, owned by WinStar Farm and Twin Creeks Racing
Stables, was scheduled to arrive at the Pletcher barn after training
hours from WinStar, where he had been since the Blue Grass Stakes (GI).
Pletcher has not confirmed a rider for Vinceremos. Joe Bravo has
the mount on Danza, Javier Castellano on We Miss Artie and John
Velazquez on Intense Holiday.HOPPERTUNITY
(No. 23) - Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman's
Hoppertunity worked five furlongs in company in 1:00.20 after the
renovation break with Rosie Napravnik up.
Working in company
with Drill, a 5-year-old multiple graded stakes winner, Hoppertunity
recorded fractions of :12.40, :24.40, :36.20 and galloped out six
furlongs in 1:13.20, seven-eighths in 1:26.60 and a mile in 1:41.60. The
five-eighths move was the second fastest of 15 at the distance.
"I was happy with the work," trainer Bob Baffert said. "I thought it
went well even though the workmate didn't put up much of a fight and
Hoppertunity, who arrived at Churchill Downs
on Monday, enters Derby 140 off a runner-up finish in the Santa Anita
Derby (G1) behind probable Derby favorite California Chrome.
"I was happy with the way he ran (in the Santa Anita Derby) and he
finished well," Baffert said. "I didn't think he was going to beat
California Chrome, but he ran a good, solid race.
(Hoppertunity) is a laid-back horse and he is not going to wow you. He
is just a steady horse and he moves well over the track. We know he can
Tanma Corporation's Chitu galloped after the break
under Dana Barnes and Kaleem Shah's Bayern jogged before the break under
Baffert entered both in Saturday night's $150,000-added Derby Trial (GIII).
"Bayern likes this track, so I am going to enter him in the
Trial and watch for defections (from the Derby field)," Baffert said. "I
think the Trial would set him up for the Preakness well."
for Chitu, Baffert said, "I am going to enter him, but I am not sure if
he will run. This gives me an option. He's a lazy work horse. He needs
to get one good work and I want to see how he trains."WILDCAT
(No. 9) - Honors Stable Corp.'s Wildcat Red galloped 1 1/8 miles
under exercise rider Juan Belmonte after the renovation break.
Trained by Jose Garoffalo, Wildcat Red arrived at Churchill Downs
Tuesday afternoon from his South Florida base. Garoffalo is scheduled to
be here Friday and Wildcat Red will work Saturday or Sunday with jockey
Luis Saez slated to be aboard.RIDE ON CURLIN
(No. 11) - Daniel
Doughtery's Arkansas Derby (GI) runner-up Ride On Curlin galloped a mile
in 1:57.40 but stretched his legs down the lane and finished the final
quarter in :26.20 after the renovation break under exercise rider Bryan
Conditioned by Billy Gowan, Ride On Curlin is scheduled to breeze most likely on Saturday, depending on weather.
(No. 13) - Ron Winchell's Tapiture galloped early Wednesday morning with Abel Flores aboard for trainer Steve Asmussen.MEDAL
(No. 16) - Spendthrift Farm's Medal Count, runner-up in the Blue
Grass (GI) last out, galloped after the renovation break under exercise
rider Faustino Aguilar for trainer Dale Romans.
who will be ridden in Kentucky Derby 140 by Robby Albarado, is
scheduled to work Saturday, weather permitting, according to Romans.CANDY
(No. 17) - C R K Stable's Candy Boy jogged early Wednesday morning
under exercise rider Jelani Grant for trainer John Sadler.
was the first day at the track for Candy Boy, who arrived from Southern
California on Monday and walked the shedrow Tuesday. Sadler is expected
to be at the barn in the morning.UNCLE SIGH
(No. 18) - Wounded
Warrior Stables and Anthony Robertson's Uncle Sigh is scheduled to work
Friday morning on the Belmont Park Training Track around 9:30 according
to trainer Gary Contessa.
Contessa said Uncle Sigh would
leave New York by van early Saturday morning with a Saturday evening
arrival at Churchill Downs anticipated. Contessa will fly to Louisville
on Sunday. Irad Ortiz Jr., is scheduled to ride Uncle Sigh in the Derby.COMMANDING
(No. 21) - West Point Thoroughbreds' Commanding Curve, third in
the Louisiana Derby (GII) in his most recent start, galloped after the
renovation break for trainer Dallas Stewart under exercise rider Emerson
Commanding Curve stands 21st on the "Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard presented by Twinspires.com."SOCIAL INCLUSION
(No. 24) - Rontos Racing Stable's Social Inclusion is scheduled to work Thursday morning at Gulfstream Park.BIG
(No. 25) - Derby Dreamers Racing Stable's Big Bazinga galloped 1
½ miles under Loren Diego after the renovation break. Big Bazinga,
trained by Katerina Vassilieva, is scheduled to work Saturday.