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Steven Coburn and Perry Martin’s CALIFORNIA CHROME is scheduled to work Saturday morning at 7:30 (Pacific Time) at Los Alamitos.
Trained by Art Sherman, California Chrome is scheduled to ship to Louisville on Monday and be ridden in Kentucky Derby 140 by Victor Espinoza.
VICAR’S IN TROUBLE (No. 2)/GENERAL A ROD (No. 15)/HARRY’S HOLIDAY (No. 20) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Vicar’s in Trouble and SkyChai Racing, Terry Raymond and Jana Wagner’s
Harry’s Holiday galloped Friday under exercise rider Joel Barrientos.
J. Armando Rodriguez’s General a Rod, who worked Wednesday, returned to the track Friday to jog under Barrientos.
in Trouble, who won the Louisiana Derby (GII) and LeComte (GIII), and
Harry’s Holiday, the Spiral (GIII) runner-up, will work Saturday at
distances to be decided, trainer Mike Maker
“Undecided” is still the jockey for Harry’s Holiday, said Maker, who
laughed at the suggestion that Undecided is a good rider. “He’s always
riding the card,” Maker said.
Holiday, who has run on synthetic surfaces in his past four races, is
handling the Churchill track well, Maker said. “He broke his maiden over
this track,” he said. “He ran second in an
allowance race on this track. So we don’t have any worries about that.”
DANCE WITH FATE (No. 3) – Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing’s Dance With Fate is scheduled to work Saturday morning on the turf at Santa Anita for trainer Peter Eurton.
Winner of the Blue Grass Stakes (GI) in his most recent start, Dance With Fate is
scheduled to ship to Churchill Downs on Monday. Corey Nakatani has the Derby mount.
WICKED STRONG (No. 4) - Centennial Farms’ Wicked Strong worked seven furlongs under exercise rider Kelvin Pahal in 1:27.11 Friday morning on the training track at Belmont Park. Trainer
Jimmy Jerkens wanted the colt to go around two turns on the the
one-mile oval, so Pahal started the work at the work at the half-mile
pole, finished up at the five-eighths pole and galloped another furlong
to get a mile.
between between 1:27 and 1:28, gallop out an extra eighth and that’s it,
just pull him up,” Jerkens said. “I thought he went perfect.” Jerkens
said that Wicked Strong, winner of the Wood
Memorial (G1) turned in a consistent effort in his final work before the
nice. It was good,” Jerkens said. “He went the first eighth in :13 and
every one after that was almost exactly the same. He went good. He went
said he timed the colt getting the half-mile in :49.80 and galloped out
the mile in 1:40.40. “He had plenty of energy. I thought he looked
great,” Jerkens said. “He worked good and cooled
out quick. We’re very happy.”
has finalized his shipping plans. The colt will ride on a van from New
York to Louisville with Jerkens and Pahal following in a car. Jerkens
said they plan to begin what he expects to be
a 14-hour trip at 2 p.m. Saturday and will arrive Sunday morning.
target was 1:45 and let him finish a little bit after a bunch of :13s
(eighths of a mile),” Violette said. “I was more concerned today about
going too fast. He’s fit. He’s danced at all the
dances and he’s run well off this type of mile. We wanted to do that
without squeezing too much. They got him in 1:45 4/5 and I got him in
1:46. It was terrific. He actually galloped out another eighth in :12
SAMRAAT (No. 5) – Trainer Rick Violette followed form Friday and had Samraat breeze a mile in his final pre-Derby work. Under veteran exercise rider Rodney Taime, the My Meadowview Farm
colt covered the distance in 1:45.91 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
exactly what we asked for. He finished well, cooled out well and scoped
well. He’s eating his lunch. All systems are great.”
won the first five starts of his career, including the Withers (GIII)
and the Gotham (GIII) and finished second in the Wood Memorial (GI). The
one-mile prerace work has been part of the
program for the son of Noble Causeway and Violette stayed with that
routine prior to the Kentucky Derby.
worked for him since before his first start going two turns, the Damon
Runyon (Dec. 18 at Aqueduct),” Violette said. “We kind of backed into it
and he seemed to thrive off it and we’ve done
that before all of his last races, including the Wood.”
Taime, who has worked for Violette four about 11 years, was able to give the veteran trainer the time that he requested.
easy to make mistakes going that far,” Violette said. “If you go off in
:12 and change and you think you’ve gone off in :14, a mile in 1:45 can
easily turn into a mile in 1:39 or 1:40 and
that would have been too much. It’s quite important that you nail the
He will be flown to Louisville from New York Monday afternoon.
DANZA (No. 6)/INTENSE HOLIDAY (No. 8)/WE MISS ARTIE (No. 10)/VICEREMOS (NO. 19) – Trainer Todd Pletcher’s four Kentucky Derby probables galloped after the morning renovation break as they continued
to train toward Derby 140. Pletcher plans to work all four colts on Sunday, weather permitting.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Danza was partnered by Ezequiel Perez, Nick Bush was on Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s We Miss Artie, Isabelle Bourez was on Starlight
Racing’s Intense Holiday and Ovel Merida was on WinStar Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Vinceremos.
HOPPERUNITY (No. 7)/CHITU (No. 12)/BAYERN (No. 23) – Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s Hoppertunity jogged early Friday morning under exercise rider Dana Barnes for
trainer Bob Baffert.
It was the first day back on the track for Hoppertunity who worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 on Wednesday. Mike Smith will ride Hoppertunity in Derby 140.
Tanma Corporation’s Chitu galloped after the morning renovation break with Barnes up while Alvarez was aboard Kaleem Shah’s Bayern.
A victory by
Bayern in Saturday night’s Derby Trial (GIII) would shake up the Road to
the Kentucky Derby Presented by TwinSpires.com leaderboard. Bayern has
20 points, but would move from 23rd
to 19th with a victory that would be worth at least $93,000 and push his non-restricted stakes earnings past those of Vinceremos (No. 19) and Harry’s Holiday (No. 20).
However, it appears unlikely that Baffert would wheel Bayern back in one week.
WILDCAT RED (No. 9) – Honors Stable Corp.’s Wildcat Red galloped 1 ½ miles after the renovation break with exercise rider Juan Belmonte up.
Wildcat Red, who arrived here from Florida on Tuesday, had galloped 1 1/8 miles the previous two mornings.
Trainer Jose Garoffalo
was en route to Louisville from the sales in Ocala and plans to be at
the barn Saturday morning. Garoffalo said Wildcat Red would work Sunday
with jockey Luis Saez aboard.
RIDE ON CURLIN (No. 11) – Daniel Dougherty’s Ride On Curlin galloped a mile and a quarter Friday under exercise rider Bryan Beccia.
“I think we’re getting good,” trainer Billy Gowan said. “I sure like the way he went today.”
Groom Bridget Lambert,
who led Ride On Curlin off the track, also is optimistic. “They’ve got
to outrun him,” Lambert said. “He’s peaking at the right time.”
Gowan, who worked
Ride On Curlin six days before he finished second in the Arkansas Derby
(GI), is sticking with the same spacing and will work the colt Sunday.
“There’s no reason to change anything now,” Gowan said.
RING WEEKEND (No. 14) – St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds’ Ring Weekend worked six furlongs on dirt in 1:12.80 at Fair Hill (Md.) Training Center.
Trainer Graham Motion said Ring Weekend worked on his own under Robbie Walsh and would ship to Churchill Downs on Monday.
Alan Garcia has the Derby mount on Ring Weekend.
MEDAL COUNT (No. 16) – Spendthrift Farms’ Medal Count galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Faustino Aguilar for trainer Dale Romans.
Runner-up in the
Blue Grass Stakes (GI) in his most recent start, Medal Count is
scheduled to work after the break in the morning.
Robby Albarado has the Derby mount.
CANDY BOY (No. 17) – Trainer John Sadler had C R K Stable’s Candy Boy on the track shortly after 6 o’clock Friday for a 1 ½-mile gallop under exercise rider Jelani Grant.
“I thought the
track was excellent early because it was harrowed and not sealed,”
Sadler said of the conditions following light showers overnight. “He
galloped a little stronger today leading up to his work
Jockey Gary Stevens is scheduled to work Candy Boy after the break Saturday.
UNCLE SIGH (No. 18) – Wounded Warrior Stables and Anthony Robertson’s Uncle Sigh worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 over the Belmont Park Training Track with Nick Santagata aboard for trainer Gary
“I had him galloping out in 1:13 and the mile in 1:43. It was perfect; Nick hit it right on the head,” Contessa said.
Uncle Sigh is scheduled to van to Churchill Downs on Saturday with a scheduled departure of 4 a.m. from Belmont.
“He will jog
Sunday,” said Contessa, who plans to be here that day. “I may do
something with him Wednesday, but it will be a gut feeling.”
COMMANDING CURVE (No. 21) – West Point Thoroughbreds’ third-place finisher in the Louisiana Derby (GII) Commanding Curve galloped a mile and a half Friday under exercise rider Emerson Chavez.
Trainer Dallas Stewart said Commanding Curve will work Saturday.
“He works solid,” Stewart said. “He’ll probably work a 1:01 five-eighths, that’s kind of a plan.”
Although, as of
Friday, Commanding Curve remained out of the top 20 in points among
possible Kentucky Derby entrants, Stewart said he’s not thinking about
how the status of other horses might change.
Last year, Stewart finished second in the Derby with Golden Soul, who had moved into the top 20 days before race.
“Just have to wait
and see,” Stewart said. “I just concentrate on training my horse and
making sure I’m all in on everything I’m doing with him. I can’t control
any of them.”
PABLO DEL MONTE (No. 22) -- Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor and trainer Wesley Ward’s Pablo Del Monte worked six furlongs in 1:11.20 in company Saturday morning at
John Velazquez rode Pablo Del Monte, who worked in company with High Wire Kitten.
him off about 15 lengths behind (High Wire Kitten) today, and he kinda
creeped up on her and got her at the wire,” Ward told the Keeneland
publicity office. “The time was maybe a little
quicker than I wanted, but he had a nice breeze.”
Clockers caught Pablo Del Monte in fractions of :47.60, 1:11.20 and out in 1:25.
Pablo Del Monte likely would ship to Churchill Downs Tuesday evening.
If the connections of horses with more points opt not to enter
Wednesday, Pablo Del Monte could find a place in the
starting gate and become Ward’s first starter in the race.
like we are waiting for the Preakness (G1), still,” he said, “but you
gotta be there and be ready. It would be an honor to be in the race,
especially with a horse like him. He just ran
a valiant race (in the Blue Grass). (Churchill is) sort of a
speed-favoring track, so you gotta be ready. With him being a
front-runner, he probably would be on the lead in the race. If you could
win or run second or third in the Kentucky Derby, it would just
be the thrill of a lifetime.”
SOCIAL INCLUSION (No. 24) – Rontos Racing Stable’s Social Inclusion, who worked Thursday at Gulfstream Park, likely will not make the trip to Churchill Downs according to owner Ronald Sanchez.
moment, I don’t think we’ll ship to Kentucky. It doesn’t make sense to
pay a $25,000 entry fee, plus all the other expenses, when you’re 24th
and also-eligible,” Sanchez told the Gulfstream Park publicity office.
“He’s going to train here and then we hope to get a prep for the
Preakness. We’ll make a final decision on Monday.”
BIG BAZINGA (No. 25) – Derby Dreamers Racing Stable’s Big Bazinga galloped 1 ½ miles after the renovation break with Loren Diego aboard.
Trainer Katerina Vassilieva
was on hand to watch the morning activities of Big Bazinga who finished
fourth in the Blue Grass Stakes (GI) in his previous start.
shot at the Derby looking increasingly unlikely, Vassilieva is
contemplating a possible run in next Saturday’s $250,000-added American
Turf (GII) for which the gelding would have to be supplemented.
know we are not going to get in the Derby, we won’t train for it. That
(the American Turf) would be a good backup plan,” Vassilieva said for
Big Bazinga, who finished second in his lone
try on the turf. “He will work tomorrow and we will consider our options
and see where we are about the Derby.”