ONYX – Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx (No. 12) beat the rain Wednesday
morning, galloping 1 ½ miles under exercise rider Aurelio Gomez shortly
after 6 o’clock.
Kelly Breen is expected to return to Louisville on Friday and the winner
of the Spiral (Grade III) is expected to work Saturday or Sunday.
/ OVERANALYZE / PALACE MALICE / REVOLUTIONARY / VERRAZANO
/ WINNING CAUSE – With Super Ninety Nine and Den’s Legacy
being taken out of Derby consideration, Winning Cause, winner of the
Lexington (GIII) on Keeneland’s Polytrack, moved to No. 20 on the “Road to the
Kentucky Derby Presented by TwinSpires.com” Leaderboard. A decision regarding
his Kentucky Derby status is not likely to come soon.
going to see how he trains this week and I’m considering breezing him on
Sunday,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “We won’t make any sort of decision
Cause and Charming Kitten (No. 19) galloped Wednesday morning prior to
the renovation break when the track was listed as “fast.” Following the
renovation break, Verrazano (No. 2), Overanalyze (No. 5), Revolutionary
(No. 6) and Palace Malice (No. 13) galloped in the rain over a sloppy
contemplated training them earlier to beat the rain, but I decided to continue
to take advantage of that 15-minute window (reserved for Kentucky Derby and
Kentucky Oaks contenders). I also wanted to see what they looked like in the
added that he was pleased with the way his horses went over the off track. He
also said he is still sorting out plans on how to work as many as six Kentucky
Derby contenders on Sunday.
haven’t decided yet exactly how we’re going to do it,” Pletcher said. “We’ll be
watching the weather and it looks like there is potential for more rain on
Saturday and Sunday. We’ll monitor that and see. We might have to shuffle some
days around, but assuming they all breeze on Sunday, I would say a couple would
go earlier and most would go during the 15-minute break.”
WEST/GOVENOR CHARLIE/POWER BROKER –
Govenor Charlie (No. 11) galloped 1 3/8 miles after the renovation break
over a sealed track with exercise rider Jorge Alvarez up.
Mary West’s Code West (No. 21) and Power Broker (No. 24)
returned to the track to jog following a day off and working Monday. Power
Broker went to the track before the break with Alvarez up and Code West after
the break with Peter Hutton up.
Bob Baffert plans to be in Louisville Saturday with works scheduled
Sunday or Monday.
Newtown Anner Stud, James Covello and Joseph Bulger’s
Falling Sky (No. 18) galloped 1 3/8 miles under exercise rider Cassie
Garcea aboard shortly before 8 o’clock and the break.
by John Terranova, Falling Sky is scheduled to work Saturday or Sunday.
DADDY/JAVA’S WAR – Charles Fipke’s Java’s War (No. 4) galloped 1
½ miles on the sealed track after the break with exercise rider Marvin
Abrego up. Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ Frac Daddy (No. 15)
galloped the same distance after the break with exercise rider Hugo Garcia
by Ken McPeek, both colts are scheduled to work Saturday.
Charles Fipke’s Golden Soul (No. 23) was on the track at 6
o’clock to gallop 1 ½ miles under exercise rider Emerson Chavez.
Dallas Stewart, who needs three defections from the list of intended
Kentucky Derby entrants to make the field, plans to work Golden Soul on Friday.
Stewart said he had not confirmed a rider for the Derby, but had one in mind.
MYLUTE – Louisiana Derby
(GII) runner-up Mylute (No. 16) was on the track shortly after it opened
at 5:45 Wednesday morning and galloped under regular exercise rider Maurice
Fox Hill Farms’ Normandy Invasion (No. 14) galloped 1 ½ miles under
exercise rider Javier Herrera before the renovation break.
Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable’s Orb (No. 1) made his first
appearance on the track a little after 6 o’clock with regular exercise rider Jennifer
Patterson up. Orb stood for five minutes before jogging three-eighths of a
mile and galloping a mile.
Shug McGaughey said Orb would train early the next couple days and then
go after the break during the time reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky
was not a whole lot to look at when he was at Payson (Park),” McGaughey said.
“There’s no lights, no grandstand and not a lot of activity. There you have
deer and you can hear the cows move. He’ll go early the next couple days to get
used to things.”
who will be ridden in Kentucky Derby 139 by Joel Rosario, enters the Run
for the Roses on a four-race win streak, a run of success matched only by Verrazano.
In his past two starts, Orb won the Fountain of Youth (GII) and the Florida
gained weight between the Fountain of Youth and the Florida Derby,” McGaughey
said. “He was a totally different horse in looks and demeanor.”
is scheduled to work Monday.
TAKE CHARGE – Calumet Farm’s Oxbow (No. 17) galloped 1 ½ miles over a fast
track shortly after the track opened with exercise rider Rudy Quevedo up
for trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
the break and on a sealed track, Willis Horton’s Will Take Charge (No.
9) had a similar activity with Quevedo up.
Pick Six Racing’s Vyjack (No. 8) beat the rain and galloped 1 ½
miles shortly after the track opened for training with trainer Rudy
was nice this morning and on his toes,” said Rodriguez, who plans to work
Vyjack on Friday or Saturday. “I am trying to dodge the weather. We’ll see.
Probably one of those two days.”