Derby Alumni: 5 continue preparations for Travers

Derby Alumni: 5 continue preparations for Travers
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Though none of the 2022 Kentucky Derby runners were in action last week, many of them continuing to work toward late-summer goals.

Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs on Aug. 10 in preparation for the Grade 1 Travers and is expected to breeze at Saratoga on Friday. Epicenter, Zandon, Charge It and Cyberknife all continue to drill at Saratoga toward the Travers as well.

DerbyHorseLast RaceNotes
1Rich Strike6th, Belmont Stakes (G1)Worked 5f Aug. 10 at Churchill Downs
2Epicenter1st, Jim Dandy (G2)Worked 5f Aug. 8 at Saratoga
3Zandon2nd, Jim Dandy (G2)Worked 4f Aug. 13 at Saratoga
4Simplification3rd, West Virginia Derby (G3)No works since last race
5Mo Donegal1st, Belmont Stakes (G1)Sidelined with bone bruising
6Barber Road7th, Belmont Stakes (G1)No works since last race
7Tawny Port3rd, Jim Dandy (G2)Worked 4f Aug. 13 at Saratoga
8Smile Happy8th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
9Tiz the Bomb4th, National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (G2)No works since last race
10Zozos10th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
11Classic Causeway3rd, Saratoga Derby (G1)No works since last race
12Taiba2nd, Haskell Invitational (G1)Worked 4f Aug. 13 at Del Mar
13Crown Pride (JPN)13th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
14Happy Jack3rd, Allowance Optional Claiming (July 24, ELP)Worked 5f Aug. 13 at Keeneland
15Messier15th, Kentucky Derby (G1)Worked 4f June 18 at Santa Anita
16White Abarrio7th, Haskell Invitational (G1)Worked 3f Aug. 14 at Saratoga
17Charge It1st, Dwyer S. (G3)Worked 5f Aug. 13 at Saratoga
18Cyberknife1st, Haskell Invitational (G1)Worked 5f Aug. 13 at Saratoga
19Pioneer of Medina19th, Kentucky Derby (G1)Worked 5f Aug 8 at Saratoga
20Summer Is Tomorrow20th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
SCREthereal Road9th, Saratoga Derby (G1)Worked 4f Aug. 15 at Saratoga
SCRRattle N Roll7th, Indiana Derby (G3)Worked 4f Aug. 13 at Churchill Downs

Among 2021 Derby contenders, Hot Rod Charlie lined up against the best of the handicap division for the Whitney (G1) on Aug. 6. As usual he put up a credible effort, but he was not able to keep up with Life Is Good late. He crossed the wire third, two lengths behind the winner, and was nipped by a head for second behind Happy Saver.

Brooklyn Strong has found a place in the New York-bred stakes ranks. On Aug. 12 he finished third in a state-bred event for the second straight race, chasing home 3 1/2 lengths behind the photo finish of Bankit and Sea Foam in the Evan Shipman Stakes. Helium cut back to six and a half furlongs for the Bold Venture (G3) Aug. 14 at Woodbine but could not find a kick in the lane and finished 13th, 10 lengths behind winner Secret Reserve.

DerbyHorseLast RaceNotes
1Medina Spirit2nd, Breeders' Cup ClassicDeceased
2Mandaloun4th, San Diego Handicap (G2)No works since last race
3Hot Rod Charlie3rd, Whitney (G1)No works since last race
4Essential Quality3rd Breeders' Cup ClassicStands for $75,000 at Darley America
5O Besos3rd, Commonwealth (G3)Worked 4f Aug. 11 at Churchill Downs
6Midnight Bourbon5th, Dubai World Cup (G1)Deceased
7Keepmeinmind1st, Allowance (SAR, July 22)Worked 4f Aug. 12 at Saratoga
8Helium13th, Bold Venture (G3)No works since last race
9Known Agenda4th, 2021 Belmont Stakes (G1)Stands for $10,000 at Spendthrift Farm
10Highly Motivated1st, Monmouth Cup (G3)Worked 5f Aug. 13 at Saratoga
11Sainthood5th, 2021 Belmont Derby (G1)No works since last race
12Like the King3rd, Niagara S.Worked 4f Aug. 13 at Woodbine
13Bourbonic7th, Queen's CountyWorked 4f Aug. 6 at Churchill Downs
14Hidden Stash7th, Monmouth S. (G3)Worked 4f June 30 at Keeneland
15Brooklyn Strong3rd, Evan Shipman H.No works since last race
16Super Stock6th, Blame S.No works since last race
17Rock Your World9th, Twilight Derby (G2)Stands for $10,000 at Spendthrift Farm
18Dynamic One1st, Suburban Stakes (G2)Worked 5f Aug. 12 at Saratoga
19Soup and Sandwich8th, Allowance Optional Claiming (WO, July 22)Worked 4f Aug. 11 at Woodbine

Among those in the 2020 Derby, Necker Island has emerged as an effective dirt sprinter. On Tuesday he came to the six-furlong Chesapeake Stakes ready to run: He rallied from midfield, got up by a neck and crossed the wire a neck ahead of Jalen Journey, in a Colonial Downs record 1:07.72. But he drifted into another horse while making his run and was disqualified to third.

On Aug. 12 Ny Traffic took a drop in class, facing New York-bred company for the John Morrissey Handicap. He was the 1.1-1 favorite but was outpaced into the lane and crossed the wire fourth, 3 3/4 lengths behind Wudda U Think Now. South Bend also faced stakes company at Saratoga recently, in the Lure on Aug. 6. Outkicked through the final furlong, he finished seventh, 6 1/2 lengths behind long-shot winner Dynadrive.

Two horses also returned to the work tab from summer layoffs. Major Fed, unraced since a fourth-place finish in an allowance at Churchill on May 13, worked four furlongs at Churchill Downs on Aug. 8. Sole Volante, away since running fifth in the Elkhorn (G2) April 23, breezed four furlongs at Palm Meadows Aug. 8.

DerbyHorseLast raceNotes
1AuthenticRetiredStands for $75,000 at Spendthrift Farm
2Tiz the LawRetiredStands for $35,000 at Ashford Stud
3Mr. Big News4th, Allowance Optional Claiming (CD, Sept. 17)Worked 6f July 20 at Churchill Downs
4Honor A. P.RetiredStands for $15,000 at Lane's End
5Max Player4th, Suburban Stakes (G2)Worked 4f Aug. 14 at Churchill Downs
6Storm The Court6th, Wickerr StakesWorked 4f Aug. 14 at Del Mar
7Enforceable8th, Allowance Optional Claiming (April 15, KEE)Worked 4f June 19 at Woodbine
8Ny Traffic4th, John Morrissey HandicapNo works since last race
9Necker Island3rd, Chesapeake Stakes
No works since last race
10Major Fed4th, Allowance Optional Claiming (May 13, CD)Worked 4f Aug. 8 at Churchill Downs
11Sole Volante5th, Elkhorn (G2)Worked 4f Aug. 8 at Palm Meadows
12Winning Impression3rd, Allowance (Nov. 12, 2020, CD)Deceased
13Money MovesRetiredMoney Moves was retired for retraining at New Vocations.
14Attachment Rate7th, Allowance Optional Claiming (Feb. 21, OP)Worked 5f May 11 at Churchill Downs
15South Bend7th, Lure StakesNo works since last race

A handful of runners from the 2019 Derby remain active. Roadster contested the Buckland Stakes at Colonial Downs on Tuesday, going nine furlongs on the grass. It was his first career turf start after 15 races on dirt. The son of Quality Road tracked the leader early but weakened around the far turn and finished eighth, 19 1/4 lengths behind winner King Vega.

Two others have appeared on the work tab in the last week: Tax and Long Range Toddy. Tax is probable for the Philip H. Iselin (G3) on Aug. 20 at Monmouth.

DerbyHorseLast raceNotes
1Country HouseRetiredStands for $7,500 at Darby Dan Farm
2Code of HonorRetiredStands for $10,000 at Lane's End
3TacitusRetiredStands for $10,000 at Taylor Made
4ImprobableRetiredStands for $35,000 at WinStar Farm
5Game WinnerRetiredStands for $30,000 at Lane's End
6Master Fencer (JPN)4th, 2021 Hakusan Daishoten 
7War of WillRetiredStands for $25,000 at Claiborne Farm
8Plus Que Parfait10th, Jebel Ali Mile (G3) 
9Win Win WinRetiredStands for $5,000 at Ocala Stud
10Cutting HumorRetiredStands for $1,500 at McDowell Farm
11By My StandardsRetiredStands for $7,500 at Spendthrift Farm
12VekomaRetiredStands for $17,500 at Spendthrift Farm
13BodexpressRetiredStands for $5,000 at Barton Thoroughbreds
14Tax1st, Battery Park StakesWorked 4f Aug. 13 at Saratoga
15Roadster8th, Buckland Stakes
No works since last race
16Long Range Toddy6th, Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G1)Worked 4f Aug. 12 at Saratoga
17Maximum SecurityRetiredStands for $15,000 at Ashford Stud
18Spinoff4th, 2021 Woodward (G1)No works since June 6, 2021
19Gray Magician4th, $12,500 claiming (June 5, SA)Worked 5f July 15 at Santa Anita

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