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BLACK ONYX – Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx (No. 12) galloped 1 ½ miles over a track
labeled as "good" on a clear, crisp Thursday morning at Churchill Downs.
Regular exercise rider Aurelio Gomez was aboard Black Onyx for the
exercise that took place after the renovation break and during the time
reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks horses.
/ OVERANALYZE / PALACE MALICE / REVOLUTIONARY / VERRAZANO
/ WINNING CAUSE – Trainer Todd Pletcher’s Kentucky Derby
contenders Verrazano (No. 2), Overanalyze (No. 5), Revolutionary
(No. 6) and Palace Malice (No. 13) galloped around the Churchill Downs
oval during the 15-minute period following the morning renovation break when
the track is reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders.
president/CEO of WinStar Farm, was on hand to see WinStar’s Louisiana
Derby (GII) winner Revolutionary, who galloped under Nick Bush.
feel real good about him,” Walden said. “I think a big key is getting in the
race and having a shot and I think he’s got as good of a shot as any of them. Calvin
(Borel) is excited about riding him and really liked the way he went
when he worked him last Sunday. So, we’re excited about that.”
before the renovation break for Pletcher were Charming Kitten (No. 19)
and Winning Cause (No. 20).
said he will monitor the weather, but, as of now, his six Kentucky Derby
contenders are scheduled to breeze Sunday. He also added that experience helps
when preparing horses for the first Saturday in May.
helps when you’ve been here and have a system and know what to expect,”
of the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver, Pletcher has a Derby record
of 31-1-2-1. In 2007, he saddled five horses for America’s greatest race, none
of which hit the board.
WEST/GOVENOR CHARLIE/POWER BROKER –
Govenor Charlie (No. 11) galloped 1 3/8 miles after the renovation break
with exercise rider Jorge Alvarez up for trainer Bob Baffert.
Mary West’s Code West (No. 21) and Power Broker (No. 24)
galloped the same distance prior to the break with Alvarez aboard both colts.
Newtown Anner Stud, James Covello and Joseph Bulger’s
Falling Sky (No. 18) galloped 1 3/8 miles under exercise rider Cassie
in the Arkansas Derby (GI) in his most recent start, Falling Sky is scheduled
to work Friday or Saturday, depending on weather, according to Reynaldo
Abreu, assistant to trainer John Terranova.
DADDY/JAVA’S WAR – FRAC DADDY/JAVA’S WAR – Charles Fipke’s Java’s War (No.
4), winner of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GI) in his most recent start,
galloped 1 ½ miles after the renovation break with exercise rider Marvin
Abrego up for trainer Ken McPeek.
City Thoroughbred Partners’ Frac Daddy (No. 15), runner-up in the Arkansas
Derby (GI) in his most recent start, also galloped 1 ½ miles after the break
with exercise rider Hugo Garcia up.
Charles Fipke’s Golden Soul (No. 23) galloped 1 ½ miles after the
renovation break under exercise rider Emerson Chavez for trainer Dallas
Stewart. Golden Soul is tentatively scheduled to work Friday morning.
MYLUTE – Mylute (No.
16), runner-up to Revolutionary in the Louisiana Derby (GII), was one of
the first horses on the Churchill Downs track Thursday morning and jogged a
mile before galloping 1 ½ miles.
Mylute’s morning exercise, trainer Tom Amoss said the gray or roan son
of Midnight Lute would have his final work in advance of the Kentucky Derby on
Saturday. The workout was previously scheduled for Sunday.
one, I don’t care for the weather forecast and I’d rather work further out than
closer out,” Amoss said. “Secondly, with night racing (at Churchill Downs) on
Saturday, the jockeys aren’t going to get done until after 11 o’clock. I don’t
want to work the following morning and feel like everyone is not totally
focused on the task at hand.”
said Mylute will work Saturday morning when the track opens for training at
5:45 and jockey Rosie Napravnik will be aboard.
is scheduled to ride in seven races on Opening Night of the Spring Meet on
Saturday, including the 11th and final race, which has a post time of 11:10 p.m. EDT.
Fox Hill Farms’ Normandy Invasion (No. 14) galloped 1 ½ miles after the
renovation break under exercise rider Javier Herrera for trainer Chad
TAKE CHARGE – Calumet Farm’s Oxbow (No. 17) galloped 1 ½ miles shortly after
the track opened at 5:45 and Willis Horton’s Will Take Charge (No.
9) did the same following the renovation break with exercise rider Rudy
Quevedo aboard for both exercises.
Kentucky Derby-winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas, likes what he sees from
his Derby 139 hopefuls.
like how my horses are doing. Whether they are good enough remains to be seen,”
Lukas said. “Over the years, you get a feel about them and I am very
comfortable with them now.”
said he may work both colts Monday, weather permitting.
Pick Six Racing’s Vyjack (No. 8) galloped 1 ½ miles after the
break to the satisfaction of trainer Rudy Rodriguez.
is good so far,” Rodriguez said. “The owner (David Wilkenfeld) is coming
in Friday and Vyjack will work one of the next two days depending on the weather.”
morning is forecast to be clear with Saturday’s forecast calling for a 30
percent chance of a few showers.