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Mylute Has Easy Breeze at Churchill Downs

Revolutionary ridden by Javier Castellano wins The 100the Running of the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 30, 2013.
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 morning.  
 
“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 of Power].
 
“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.
 
 

 

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Interesting possibility...TPD
Mylute might be able to do it if he breaks from the extention
Could anybody if and when they find out. what horse is in stall 17 for Kentucky derby. thank. you
WOuld love for Tom Amoss to get his first Kentucky Derby win with Mylute.Being from New Orleans.

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