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OXBOW/WILL TAKE CHARGE – Calumet Farm’s Oxbow (No.
17), with three-time Kentucky Derby winner Gary Stevens up for
four-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas, worked
five furlongs on his own in 1:01 after the morning renovation break.
Fractions for the work were :12, :24.20, :36.20 and :48.80 with
a gallop out of 1:14.40 for six furlongs and 1:28.40 for seven.
“He’s a happy horse,” said Stevens, who teamed with Lukas to win
the Kentucky Derby in 1988 with Winning Colors and in 1995
with Thunder Gulch. “Wayne wanted him to finish strong and he did
it on his own. I didn’t have to ask him.”
“This horse is a good fit for Gary,” Lukas said. “He has a high
cruising speed and he will put himself in the race. I just wanted Gary to get
acquainted with him some more. When I let him go, he got right into it, but
that’s OK because he is so aggressive. I like the way Gary got him to relax.”
It was Oxbow’s first work since finishing fifth in the Arkansas
“These works are like a barometer as a gauge to see where we are
at,” Lukas said. “We have almost two weeks to tweak what we have to.”
Lukas reported that Will Take Charge (No. 9),
owned by Willis Horton, came out of his mile work of 1:41.60 on
Sunday in good order and would return to the track Tuesday.
BLACK ONYX – Sterling Racing’s Black
Onyx (No. 12) jogged after the morning renovation break during the
time reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders. Aurelio
Gomez was aboard Black Onyx, who comes into Derby 139 off a victory in
the Spiral (Grade III) in his stakes debut.
CHARMING KITTEN / OVERANALYZE / PALACE MALICE / REVOLUTIONARY/ VERRAZANO / WINNING
CAUSE – Wood Memorial (GI) winner Verrazano (No. 2)
and Louisiana Derby (GII) winner Revolutionary (No. 6) both
walked the shedrow of Todd Pletcher’s barn at Churchill Downs on
Monday morning following their Sunday breezes beneath the Twin Spires.
Pletcher said both colts exited their workouts in good order.
Lexington (GIII) winner Winning Cause (No. 22)
also walked the shedrow of Barn 34 for Pletcher on Monday. Plans have not been
made for his next start.
Pletcher’s other Kentucky Derby contenders galloped around the
fast Churchill Downs track following the morning renovation break at 8:30.
Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Overanalyze (No. 5)
galloped under Obed Perez, Blue Grass (GI) runner-up Palace
Malice (No. 13) was guided by Jake Nelson and Blue
Grass third Charming Kitten (No. 21) was under Nick
CODE WEST/GOVENOR CHARLIE/POWER BROKER – Mike Pegram’s Govenor
Charlie (No. 11) jogged before the morning renovation break under
exercise rider Jorge Alvarez for trainer Bob Baffert.
Code West (No. 23) and Power Broker (No.
26), both owned by Gary and Mary West, worked
after the break.
With Dana Barnes up, Code West worked five
furlongs in 1:01.20 over the fast track. Working in company with Fed
Biz, a 4-year-old nominated to the $400,000 Churchill Downs (GII) on May 4,
posted fractions of :13.20, :25.20 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.40.
The move was the ninth fastest of 43 at the distance.
Barnes also was aboard Power Broker, who worked with Kentucky
Oaks contender Midnight Lucky. Power Broker was clocked in 1:12.80
with fractions of :23.60, :35.20 and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:26.20.
FALLING SKY – Newtown Anner
Stud, James Covello and Joseph Bulger’s Falling
Sky (No. 19) galloped 1 3/8 miles under exercise rider Cassie
Garcea before the morning renovation break.
Reynaldo Abreu, assistant to
trainer John Terranova, said that Falling Sky would go out Tuesday
morning after the renovation break when the track is reserved for Derby and
FRAC DADDY/JAVA’S WAR – Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ Frac
Daddy (No. 15) visited the starting gate and then galloped 1 ½
miles under jockey Victor Lebron after the morning renovation
break for trainer Ken McPeek.
Charles Fipke’s Java’s War (No.
4) jogged after the renovation break under exercise rider Marvin Abrego.
NORMANDY INVASION – Fox Hill Farms’
Normandy Invasion (No. 14) walked the shedrow at Barn 42 a day after
working a half-mile in :48.20.
Trainer Chad Brown said the Tapit colt
came out of the work fine and would return to the track Tuesday.
ORB – Stuart Janney III and
the Phipps Stable’s Orb (No. 1) arrived at Barn 43 at 7:30
Monday morning from his winter base at Payson Park in South Florida.
Trained by Shug McGaughey, the winner of the
Fountain of Youth (GII) and Florida Derby (GI) worked five furlongs Sunday at
Payson in 1:02.10 before heading to Kentucky.
VYJACK – Pick Six Racing’s Vyjack (No.
8) was one of the first horses on the track Monday morning, jogging a mile
under trainer Rudy Rodriguez before 6 o’clock.
“He was good this morning and seemed to handle the track well,”
Rodriguez said Vyjack, who arrived here Sunday morning from Fair Hill, Md. “He
will go out tomorrow with all the other Derby horses (at 8:30 after the
renovation break) and hopefully he will behave himself like he did today.”
Rodriguez was not sure when Vyjack would work next. The Gotham
(GIII) winner worked a half-mile at Fair Hill in :51.60 last Friday.
“I will gallop him the next three or four days and figure out
what to do,” Rodriguez said.