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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Schoolofhardrocks Works for SA Derby

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Photo: Benoit Photo
Schoolofhardrocks worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Friday morning in 1:12.80 as the son of Rock Hard Ten prepares for the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5.

“He worked great,” said trainer David Hofmans, who witnessed the drill with owner John Amerman, who bred the colt along with his wife, Jerry. Schoolofhardrocks was fourth in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 8, 15 lengths behind victorious California Chrome.

“He hadn’t run in more than six months, since breaking his maiden at Del Mar (Aug. 31),” Amerman pointed out.

“We’re a little concerned about the track being speed-biased (for the Santa Anita Derby), like it was for the San Felipe,” Hofmans said. “That’s a major concern.”

Joe Talamo, who was aboard for the San Felipe, retains the mount for the Derby.

Possible for the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby on May 3: California Chrome, Bayern, Hoppertunity, Candy Boy, Dublin Up, Big Tire, Friendswith K Mill, Rprettyboyfloyd, The Admiral and Schoolofhardrocks.


          

 

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