Mylute, runner-up to Revolutionary
in the Louisiana Derby (Grade II), continued his preparations for the
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) with a half-mile
breeze in :50.20 over the fast Churchill Downs track on Sunday
“We moved the work up because the weather looks like it could be bad the next few days,” trainer Tom Amoss
said. “It was a nice, easy half-mile work. He’s not much of a work
horse by himself because he’s kind of a laid
back, lazy guy, but he did fine. He’ll have a significant work next
week, probably on Sunday (April 14), and anything we do after that will
be easy again.”
GoldMark Farm LLC and Whisper Hill Farm’s
Mylute is ranked No. 13 on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by
TwinSpires.com” Leaderboard. He was awarded 40 points for his
second-place finish in the Louisiana
Derby and it is likely that his point total of 42 will be enough to earn
him a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate.
Also working at Churchill Downs on Sunday was Falling Sky,
winner of the Sam F. Davis (GIII) and most recently third in the Tampa
Bay Derby (GII). Working after the renovation break at 8:30 a.m. EDT,
Falling Sky breezed
five furlongs in :59.60 for trainer John Terranova II
[Editor’s note: a time of 1:00 was incorrectly reported on Twitter
@DerbyMedia on Sunday morning; that was the time of the workmate Balance
“He worked great and he’s going to go
to the Arkansas Derby (GI),” Terranova said. “(The Arkansas Derby) was
our original thought with this horse and then we tossed around the idea
of the Blue Grass, but I almost don’t want
to switch surfaces with him at this point. I think he’d handle it fine,
but I think the Arkansas Derby makes a lot of sense.”
The Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on
April 13 will award points to the Top 4 finishers on a 100-40-20-10
scale as part of the Second Leg of the Championship Series. Ranked No.
20 with 20 points, Falling Sky likely needs a
Top 3 effort to earn a spot in the Kentucky Derby. A fourth-place finish
would likely place him “on the bubble.”
Falling Sky, under Cassie Garcea, worked in-company with Balance of Power, who was guided by Juan Bernardini. Balance of Power is a half-brother to 2011 Arkansas Derby winner Archarcharch, who finished
15th in that year’s Kentucky Derby. A
winner of his last two starts, Balance of Power is under consideration
for the Illinois Derby (GIII) on April 20.
Falling Sky, who will ship to Oaklawn
on Wednesday, crossed the wire in front of his workmate and had the
fastest time of 13 at the distance. Balance of Power was credited with a
final time of 1:00.
With one decision down, Terranova next will make a decision on the next race for his other Kentucky Derby contender, West Hills Giant.
“He’s breezing tomorrow (Monday) at
Belmont and then there’s a good chance he’ll come to the Blue Grass or
Lexington,” Terranova said. “We’ll make a decision tomorrow.”
The Coolmore Lexington at Keeneland
on April 20 is a Wild Card race on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” and
points will be awarded to the Top 4 finishers on a 20-8-4-2 scale.
Ranked No. 23 on the Leaderboard with 20 points,
West Hill Giant likely needs a Top 3 finish in the Blue Grass or a win
in the Lexington to secure a spot in the Kentucky Derby. A fourth-place
finish in the Blue Grass or a runner-up effort in the Lexington likely
would place him on the outside looking in.
In other Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks news, a Tex Sutton flight from Palm Beach, Fla. carrying several horses for trainer Todd Pletcher, including probable Blue Grass starter Palace Malice and top Oaks contenders
Dreaming of Julia and Unlimited Budget, is scheduled to arrive in Louisville on Monday evening. Assistant trainer Whit Beckman said he expects the horses to arrive at Churchill Downs at approximately 7:30 p.m. EDT. They will be stabled
in Barn 34.
CORRECTION: Power Broker, ranked No. 28 on the Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by TwinSpires.com Leaderboard, should have $245,000 in non-restricted stakes earnings, not $225,000 as published in Saturday
night’s update of the standings. The mistake did not affect his position on the Leaderboard.