, runner-up to Revolutionary in the $1 million Louisiana Derby
(Grade II), continued his preparations for the Kentucky Derby Presented
by Yum! Brands (GI) with a six-furlong breeze in 1:12.20 on Sunday
morning at Churchill Downs.
Working under Shaun Bridgmohan in
company with two other Tom Amoss trainees, Mylute (ranked No. 16 on the
"Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by TwinSpires.com" Leaderboard)
recorded fractions of :12.60, :24.80, :36.60, :48.40 and 1:00.20, and
galloped out seven furlongs in 1:25 and a mile in 1:39. He started about
eight lengths behind the duo of workmates and finished eight lengths in
front at the wire.
"I wanted him to pass those horses down the
lane and then finish once he got by them," Amoss said. "He did those
things, so the work went well."
Amoss said Mylute would have two
more works prior to the Kentucky Derby on May 4, but they would be much
easier than Sunday's move.
"If anybody was interested in Mylute
as a Derby prospect, today's work was the one they needed to see," Amoss
said. "It was a serious work and he looked very good. Mylute is going
to do nothing to impress anyone in his next two works. He's going to
work by himself and they are going to be slow and easy half-mile works.
Today's work was an indication of where we are with him and we were
In other Kentucky Derby news, Arkansas Derby (GI)
(No. 5) arrived in good order at Churchill Downs on
Sunday at 12:15 p.m. (all times Eastern) after flying to Lexington and
then vanning to Louisville. He is stabled in Barn 34 for trainer Todd
"We were hoping for an improved performance in his
second start off the layoff," Pletcher said. "We were hoping for a big
effort, but he actually exceeded our expectations."
Sunday, Overanalyze will be joined in the Pletcher barn by Wood Memorial
(GI) winner Verrazano
(No. 2), who is on a Tex Sutton flight from New
York that is scheduled to land in Louisville at 3:50 p.m.
Verrazano on the flight from New York are Normandy Invasion
and Kentucky Oaks (GI) contenders Close Hatches
(ranked No. 6 on the
"Road to the Kentucky Oaks" Leaderboard) and Princess of Sylmar
1-2 finishers in the Gazelle (GII).
Princess of Sylmar will join
the Pletcher string in Barn 34, Normandy Invasion will be in Barn 42
for trainer Chad Brown and Close Hatches will go to Barn 19 for trainer
Also expected to arrive at Churchill Downs from
Oaklawn Park on Sunday evening are Will Take Charge
(No. 9), Oxbow
17) and Falling Sky
(No. 19). Will Take Charge won the Rebel (GII) over
stablemate Oxbow, who finished fifth in the Arkansas Derby. Both will be
stabled in Barn 44 for four-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer D.
Wayne Lukas. Falling Sky, who finished fourth in the Arkansas Derby,
will be stabled in Barn 36 for trainer John Terranova.
Kentucky Oaks news, Pletcher worked a trio of Oaks contenders following
the morning renovation break at Churchill Downs on Sunday.Dreaming
(No. 4), 21 ¾-length winner of the Gulfstream Oaks (GII),
breezed a half-mile in :49 and recorded fractions of :12.80, :24.40,
:36.60 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.20. The four-furlong time
ranked 15th of 43 at the distance.
"I thought she looked great
and thought she handled the surface really well," Pletcher said. "It was
a typical breeze for her. She looked like she was in a gallop, but she
went in :49. We were very happy with it. Her appetite and energy level
have been great since that big performance at Gulfstream."Unlimited
(No. 3), undefeated winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII), and
(No. 12), narrow winner of the Bourbonette Oaks (GIII), worked
together and breezed four furlongs in :48.60 and recorded early
fractions of :13.20 and :25.60. Unlimited Budget galloped out five
furlongs in 1:01.80 and Silsita galloped out in 1:02. The four-furlong
time ranked 10th of 43 at the distance.
"I think both worked very
well, especially Unlimited Budget," Pletcher said. "She seems like she
really likes the surface here and was full of run throughout the run."
of Julia worked under Humberto Zamora, Unlimited Budget was guided by
Patti Krotenko and Silsita worked under Nick Bush.
running of the Toyota Blue Grass (GI), runner-up Palace Malice
and third Charming Kitten
(No. 21) returned to Pletcher's barn at
Churchill Downs on Saturday night.
"We were happy, but it's
frustrating at the same time," Pletcher said. "We would have loved to
win, but we were very pleased with their efforts. Both came out of the
race well. We'll prepare as though (Charming Kitten) is going to get in
(to the Derby)."
On Sunday, the connections for Uncaptured
confirmed that their horses are no longer under
consideration for the Derby. Also, Den's Legacy
, sixth in the Arkansas
Derby, did not fly to Kentucky as originally planned. Trainer Bob
Baffert sent him back to his California base.