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Breeders' Cup 2017

Stewart Hopes Commanding Curve Makes Derby Cut

Kentucky Derby hopeful Commanding Curve, ranked No. 23 on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Twinspires.com” Leaderboard, continued his preparations for a potential start in the “Run for the Roses” with a five-furlong work Friday morning at Churchill Downs in 1:00.40.
 
Working under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, who rode the colt to his maiden victory at Churchill Downs in November, Commanding Curve recorded splits of :12.60, :25, :37.20 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.60.
 
“He looked very comfortable out there,” trainer Dallas Stewart said. “He’s got a great shot if he gets in (the Kentucky Derby).”
 
Commanding Curve will need defections to make the race. On Friday afternoon it was announced that No. 3 Dance With Fate, the Blue Grass winner who was previously uncommitted, would return to dirt for a start in the Derby. Vinceremos and Harry’s Holiday are Nos. 21 and 22.
 
Friday’s breeze by Commanding Curve was his second at Churchill Downs since placing third in the Louisiana Derby (Grade II). His 3-year-old campaign also included a sixth-place effort in the Risen Star Stakes (GII).
 
“We’re just waiting,” Stewart said. “These other horses have to earn their merit to run on this track, and the trainers have to believe they have a chance to win.”
 
Commanding Curve’s work was on the outside of stablemate Golden Soul, who was in very a similar on-the-outside-looking-in position before finishing second in last year’s Kentucky Derby.
 
“We think he’s got a good shot,” Stewart said. “There’s a lot of speed in this race, which I think will benefit him and he likes this distance.”
 
Also working Friday for Stewart was Longines Kentucky Oaks-hopeful Unbridled Forever, who is No. 16 on the preference list for the maximum 14-horse Oaks.
 
She breezed five furlongs in 1:00.60 under regular exercise rider Pedro Velez. Unbridled Forever, who recorded internal splits of :12, :24 and :36.20, galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.40.  This was her second local workout since running third in the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) on March 29. Prior to that start she won the Silverbulletday Stakes (GIII), also at Fair Grounds.
 
 

 

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Older Comments about Stewart Hopes Commanding Curve Makes Derby Cut...

Im with Dallas-- I think he is going to get in.
If He gets in, he is part of my Tri.
I really like this horse. I hope he gets a gate come May 3rd.
So Do I!

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