Donver Stable’s Tesseron, who last year was second
in the Grey Stakes (G3) at Woodbine and fourth in the Kentucky Jockey
Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs, worked Wednesday morning in
preparation for a possible start in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass
Stakes (G1) on April 13. Ridden by Luis Contreras, the Tapit colt
covered six furlongs in 1:16.20.
“It was a good solid work, just what we needed,” trainer Josie Carroll said.
Tesseron worked in company with Drenched, a maiden winner ridden by John Maguire who broke off several lengths in front.
“He likes to have a target to chase down,” Carroll said about
Tesseron. “That’s how he likes to run. He likes to sit and have
something to stalk.”
Clockers caught Tesseron in fractions of :13.20, :25.60, :37.40, :49.60 and 1:02.
Carroll said the work would be the last for Tesseron before the
Toyota Blue Grass, a race the colt’s connections chose because of its
“It’s probably the last chance for Derby points, and it seemed like
the best spot for him,” Carroll said, referring to the points system to
determine starters for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
“He’s a (April 23) foal. He’s just starting to grow up. I didn’t want
to overdo him coming in. We got one race in at Gulfstream. We’ll take a
shot in the Blue Grass and hope he’s good enough. And he likes this
In September 2012, Tesseron won his career debut at Woodbine. In his lone start of this year, he was fourth behind Black Onyx
in an allowance optional claiming race on February 23 at Gulfstream.
Black Onyx returned to win the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Racing Spiral
Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park on March 23.
Donver Stable represents Donna and Verne Dubinsky of Alberta, Canada.
For Donver, Carroll also trains 2011 Queen’s Plate Stakes winner Inglorious,
a Canadian champion who has earned more than $1.4 million. Carroll said
the 5-year-old daughter of Hennessy, who is among her 12 horses here,
is scheduled to make her next start in the Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare
Stakes (G3) on April 19.
In other Toyota Blue Grass news
Trainer Ken McPeek said Charles Fipke's homebred Java’s War,
second in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) on March 9 in his most recent race,
is scheduled to work at Gulfstream Park over the coming weekend then
ship to Keeneland for the Toyota Blue Grass.
Reynaldo Abreu, assistant to trainer John Terranova, said that Sam F. Davis (G3) winner Falling Sky is
at Churchill Downs, where he is scheduled to work Sunday toward a start
in the Toyota Blue Grass or the Arkansas Derby (G1) on April 13.
Another Terranova runner, West Hills Giant, worked a
half-mile at Belmont Park in :49.10 and is a possibility for the Toyota
Blue Grass or Coolmore Lexington Stakes (G3) on April 20. West Hills
Giant finished second in the Gotham Stakes (G3) on March 2 in his most