Today's Kentucky Derby Contender Works (3-7-11)
March 07, 2011 01:45pm

Kentucky Derby contender 

workouts for today (Monday, March 7) 

(with HRN Derby rankings):


Today's Derby contender works included a four furlong breeze from To Honor And Serve. The Nashua and Remsen hero weakened to finish a disappointing 3rd in his Fountain of Youth return. Willcox Inn breezed six furlongs in advance of the rescheduled Grindstone and Runflatout uncorked a bullet before his upcoming engagement in the San Felipe.  


#7 To Honor And Serve – Easy 4f breeze in :51 (11/20) at Payson Park.

#27 Willcox Inn – 6f in 1:14.60 (2/4) at Fair Grounds. 

#35 Silver Medallion – Went 6f in 1:12 (3/14) at Santa Anita.

#37 Runflatout – 6f bullet in 1:10.40 (1/14) at Santa Anita.

#38 Machen – 5f breeze in 1:01.60 (21/68) at Fair Grounds.

#47 Wilkinson – 5f in 1:01.60 (21/68) at Fair Grounds.


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Other Works:


Beamer (#64) breezed 5f in 1:02.90 (7/14) at Palm Meadows. Smash (#115) went 5f in 1:01.20 (31/57) at Santa Anita. Financial Empire (#118) breezed 4f (turf) in :53.10 (7/23) at Palm Meadows. Hammersmith (#127) traveled 4f in :49 (5/26) at Tampa Bay. Inhisglory (#138) breezed 4f in :50.20 (61/140) at Fair Grounds. Rocking Out (#156) journeyed 5f in 1:02.40 (5/5) at Gulfstream. Populist Politics (#175) exercised 4f in :51.20 (104/140) at Fair Grounds.


A field of nine is shaping up for Saturday’s San Felipe at Santa Anita Park. Probables include Albergatti, Awesome Patriot, Bench Points, Comma To The Top, Jakesam, Jaycito, Premier Pegasus, Runflatout, and Surrey Star. The Factor could make his next start in the March 19 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park.




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Older Comments about Today's Kentucky Derby Contender Works (3-7-11)...

Any word if Neil Howard's two colts, Mahcen and Wilkinson, worked together. The time was the same, and I like to know who the trainer puts on the outside in these sort of works. The one on the outside is typically the better of the two, best example of this is the Uncle Mo, Stay Thirsty tandem. The San Felipe is probably going to be the hardest prep race to handicap we've seen or will see, with a mixed combination of proven talent, unexperienced promise, early speed, and late speed. I expect the pace to be hot, probably the best case scenario for Jaycito, but he'll still have to pass a lot of very talented colts on a speed biased track. The San Felipe will probably be one of those races we will look back at this Summer and say "wow, look at all of the talent that came from that race". As for the other "real" prep this Saturday, the Tampa Bay Derby, the field is actually looking a bit weak. Again led by Brethren, and I'd say the next most likely colt to make an impact down the road is the rapidly improving Nafzger colt, Beamer. Unless Uncle Mo is forced to jump ship, it looks like it could be another walk over for Brethren.
To Honor And Serve is likely facing a tough group in the Florida Derby, that is pretty salty with speed. Dialed In might be the one to watch in that one.

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