Kentucky Derby News For April 30, 2015

Kentucky Derby News For April 30, 2015

Far and away the biggest news of Thursday was the declaration of #11 Stanford out of the Kentucky Derby. His removal will allow #21 Frammento to get into the Derby. It also means that post positions 12 through 21 will shift by 1 stall to the inside.

“We entered the horse in the race to see what sort of post he might draw,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “We were on the fence as to whether or not to run him, but we thought we’d take a look. But after seeing the draw and talking to the owners, we decided it might be best to take him out and consider other options.

“We’re thinking now that either the Peter Pan (at Belmont Park on May 9) or the Preakness (at Pimlico on May 16) might be better spots for him. The horse is fine. We’ll train him tomorrow morning and we’ll probably work him the morning of the Derby before we ship him to New York.

“We didn’t wait to scratch him. We did it now to ensure that the also-eligibles would have their chance to run. We think him coming out now is for the best of all.”

The only horse to work for the Derby was Mubtaahij who blew out three furlongs in :37.40. He ran the opening furlong in :13.10 and galloped out four furlongs in :52.20.

American Pharoah and Dortmund both galloped a mile and a half. Bolo galloped a mile and three eighths and was expected to have a schooling session in the paddock later on Thursday afternoon.

Carpe Diem galloped once around the track, Materiality galloped a mile and three eighths, and Itsaknockout galloped a mile and a half. Stanford galloped a mile and three eighths as well before his defection from the Derby.

Danzig Moon galloped a mile and a half while El Kabeir galloped a mile and three eighths. Far Right jogged a mile and then galloped a mile on Thursday morning.

Firing Line galloped a mile and a half and then schooled in the paddock. Newly entered Frammento galloped a mile and a half.

Trainer Nick Zito had this to say about Frammento’s inclusion into the Derby, “I got the call from the racing office this afternoon. We are all excited. We made it. Everybody is happy. He has been training great. I know we will have to break from the 20, but that is a lot better than Post Zero!”

Frosted schooled in the paddock, schooled in the starting gate, and then galloped a mile and three eighths.

International Star had a simple day of walking the shedrow. Keen Ice galloped two miles and Mr. Z had a simple gallop.

Ocho Ocho Ocho walked the shedrow after his three furlong blowout on Wednesday.

Tale of Verve is currently the next horse into the Kentucky Derby if another scratch occurs. He galloped a mile and three eighths on Thursday.

Tencendur went out for a gallop in the morning and was expected to school in the paddock later in the day.

Upstart galloped a mile and three eighths while War Story jogged a mile and then galloped a mile.

The updated entries for the 141st Kentucky Derby can be seen in the table below.

Post PositionHorseJockeyTrainerMorning Line Odds
1Ocho Ocho OchoElvis TrujilloJames Cassidy50-1
2Carpe DiemJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher8-1
3MaterialityJavier CastellanoTodd Pletcher12-1
4TencendurManuel FrancoGeorge Weaver30-1
5Danzig MoonJulien LeparouxMark Casse30-1
6MubtaahijChristophe SoumillonMike de Kock20-1
7El KabeirCalvin BorelJohn Terranova30-1
8DortmundMartin GarciaBob Baffert3-1
9BoloRafael BejaranoCarla Gaines30-1
10Firing LineGary StevensSimon Callaghan12-1
11 (SCRATCHED)StanfordFlorent GerouxTodd PletcherSCRATCHED
12International StarMiguel MenaMike Maker20-1
13ItsaknockoutLuis SaezTodd Pletcher30-1
14Keen IceKent DesormeauxDale Romans50-1
15FrostedJoel RosarioKiaran McLaughlin15-1
16War StoryJoe TalamoTom Amoss50-1
17Mr. ZRamon VazquezD. Wayne Lukas50-1
18American PharoahVictor EspinozaBob Baffert5-2
19UpstartJose OrtizRick Violette15-1
20Far RightMike SmithRon Moquett30-1
21FrammentoCorey NakataniNick Zito50-1
22 (Also-eligible)Tale Of VerveBrian Hernandez Jr.Dallas Stewart50-1

Kentucky Oaks News

Angela Renee galloped a mile and a quarter and stablemate Eskenformoney galloped a mile.

Birdatthewire had an easy gallop on Thursday morning and fellow contender Condo Commando was anxious to go faster in her gallop.

Forever Unbridled galloped a mile and three eighths. The duo of I’m A Chatterbox and Lovely Maria both jogged five furlongs and then galloped five furlongs. Include Betty looked good in the morning.

Money’soncharlotte jogged a mile early in the morning and Oceanwave galloped a mile and a half.

Puca galloped a mile and three eighths, Sarah Sis galloped a mile and a half, and Shook Up galloped over the main track.

Stellar Wind, the morning line favorite, galloped over the track as soon as the opened.

A full Kentucky Oaks preview can be found here.

Kentucky Derby News For April 29, 2015

Kentucky Derby News For April 29, 2015

It was a quiet day on Wednesday morning with all the excitement funneled towards the Kentucky Derby Draw on Wednesday afternoon. That will take place at 5:30 PM Eastern Time and can be seen live on NBC Sports Network.

The only horse to work was Ocho Ocho Ocho with a three furlong breeze in :38.40.

American Pharoah galloped a mile and a half as did his stablemate Dortmund. They are expected to be the top two morning line favorites after the draw.

Bold Conquest was not entered in the Kentucky Derby after trainer Steve Asmussen discussed it over with the connections. He would have needed two defections to make the Derby.

Bolo galloped a mile and three eighths and also went to the starting gate for some schooling.

Carpe Diem galloped a mile while Itsaknockout galloped a mile and a half. The duo of Materiality and Stanford both galloped and then visited the starting gate.

Danzig Moon galloped a mile and a half while El Kabeir jogged over the main track. Far Right galloped a mile and a quarter.

Firing Line galloped a mile and a half as did Frammento. Frosted and Upstart both made their first appearance on the track after their flight from Florida. Frosted galloped a mile and three eighths with Upstart doing a routine gallop.

International Star galloped and also went to the starting gate. He was also expected to school during the third race in the paddock.

Keen Ice galloped two miles and Mr. Z had an easy walk in the shedrow after his two furlong blowout on Tuesday morning.

Mubtaahij galloped a mile around the track and he may have a blowout on Thursday morning.

Tale of Verve was a shocking late entrant into the Derby though he will be the second also eligible behind Frammento. Tale of Verve most recently broke his maiden on April 23 at Keeneland going one and three sixteenths over the main track.

Tencendur galloped once around the track and War Story jogged a mile before galloping another mile as well.

Kentucky Oaks News

With the draw for the Kentucky Oaks complete, it is now time to complete the final few days of preparation before the Kentucky Oaks on Friday.

Angela Renee galloped a mile and a quarter while stablemate Eskenformoney galloped once around the track.

Birdatthewire had a simple gallop and Condo Commando galloped a mile and three eighths. Forever Unbridled galloped a mile and three eighths as well.

The Larry Jones pair of I’m A Chatterbox and Lovely Maria both galloped five furlongs and then jogged five furlongs. They also visited the paddock on Wednesday. Jones was aboard the pair once again on Wednesday morning.

Include Betty had a gallop over the surface and Money’soncharlotte galloped a mile. Oceanwave a mile and went a total distance of a mile and three quarters.

Puca galloped a mile and Sarah Sis galloped a mile and a half. Shook Up went to the gate prior to her gallop. Stellar Wind galloped a mile and a half early on Wednesday morning.

2015 Kentucky Oaks Preview

2015 Kentucky Oaks Preview

Friday, May 1 marks the day for the fillies in Louisville, Kentucky. This means that the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks will be run at Churchill Downs and an overflow field of 15 is entered in the one mile and one eighth race.

Currently, the also-eligible filly Peace and War will not run unless there is a scratch. A maximum of 14 fillies will run in the Kentucky Oaks.

Post time for the Kentucky Oaks is scheduled for 5:49 PM Eastern Time and is the eleventh race of twelve at Churchill on Friday. Free past performances can be found here.

The entries are organized in a table below. Further down, there is a closer look at each of the 15 fillies entered.

Post PositionHorseJockeyTrainerMorning Line Odds
1Forever UnbridledMike SmithDallas Stewart15-1
2Shook UpRobby AlbaradoSteve Asmussen30-1
3Include BettyRosemary Homeister Jr.Tom Proctor20-1
4EskenformoneyJavier CastellanoTodd Pletcher20-1
5Condo CommandoJoel RosarioRudy Rodriguez4-1
6Angela ReneeJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher15-1
7Lovely MariaKerwin ClarkLarry Jones5-1
8I'm A ChatterboxFlorent GerouxLarry Jones4-1
9Money'soncharlottePaco LopezKelly Breen50-1
10OceanwaveRafael BejaranoWayne Catalano30-1
11Sarah SisGary StevensIngrid Mason30-1
12Stellar WindVictor EspinozaJohn Sadler7-2
13BirdatthewireIrad Ortiz Jr.Dale Romans6-1
14PucaJunior AlvaradoBill Mott15-1
15. Also-EligiblePeace and WarJulien LeparouxOlly Stevens50-1

 

1. Forever Unbridled – A late inclusion into the field due to the double defection of Luminance and Maybellene, she is out of a Kentucky Oaks winner on Lemons Forever. She broke her maiden in her second career start down at the Fair Grounds and then ran up against I’m A Chatterbox in three consecutive stake races down there. She ran over this Churchill surface in her career debut finishing second by a length and three-quarters. She is an intriguing filly here, but she will need to move forward to topple her Louisiana nemesis here. Still, she is an underneath possibility.

2. Shook Up – Her career is very similar to the filly on her inside. She started at Churchill (finished second) before heading to the Fair Grounds where she broke her maiden in her second start by 13 lengths. She ran second to Lovely Maria in an optional claimer before finishing fifth and second behind I’m A Chatterbox in back-to-back graded stakes races. She seems a cut below the best here.

3. Include Betty – She needed a while to break her maiden, but did so at Tampa Bay Downs in her fourth start. She followed that up with a win by a neck in the Suncoast Stakes before a fifth place effort on the grass in the Grade 3 Florida Oaks. Her most recent start was in the Grade 3 Fantasy at Oaklawn where she came from way out of it to win by a neck over Oceanwave. She may have some pace to run at here, but her style of rallying from way back hinders her chances a bit here. Nevertheless, she is a must include underneath at odds of 20-1.

4. Eskenformoney – She began her career on turf with four straight unsuccessful runs before a move to dirt. Her first start on dirt was a second by a nose and she followed that up with a nearly 10 length win at Gulfstream Park in mid-December. She made it two in a row with a 3 3/4 lengths win in an optional claimer before running in back-to-back Grade 2 races. She was third by half a length in the Grade 2 Davona Dale and then second in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks. The worry in her case is that she had two perfect trips in the last two races and still could not win.

5. Condo Commando – Here we have the highly touted filly from New York who has run some excellent races. She broke her maiden by 12 lengths in her career debut at Saratoga before winning the Grade 1 Spinaway by 13 lengths. She failed to hit the board in her next start in the Grade 1 Frizette, but came back to win her final 2 year old race by 11 lengths in the Grade 2 Demoiselle. Her three year old campaign has consisted of two more wins including her latest in the Grade 2 Gazelle at Aqueduct. She will be going to lead and taking them as far as she can, which may even be to the winner’s circle.

6. Angela Renee – She won her debut at Belmont and then ran second in the Grade 2 Adirondack and third in the Grade 1 Spinaway (19 lengths behind Condo Commando). She then shipped across country to run at Santa Anita in the Grade 1 Chandelier, which she won by a length and a half. Her Breeders’ Cup Juvenile race was a disaster from the break and she finished 10th by 13 lengths. She has struggled to regain her form since then with a third, fourth, and second place finish in her last three races. It is hard to endorse her right now with the competition here.

7. Lovely Maria – She was a debut winner at Delaware last fall and then ran second at Keeneland in an allowance before shipping to the Fair Grounds. She ran second in an Optional Claimer at the Fair Grounds before trying stakes competition at Remington Park where she was fourth by 5 lengths in the slop. She finally got her second win back at the Fair Grounds and then finished second in the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra behind I’m A Chatterbox. She won her latest race at Keeneland in the Grade 1 Ashland. She has the looks of a horse that can win, but she will have to overcome the horse to her outside.

8. I’m A Chatterbox – One of the top contenders in this race has been superb since being sent to trainer Larry Jones. She started her career with a debut win going 7 furlongs at Keeneland and then ran third in an optional claimer and fourth in the Grade 2 Golden Rod at Churchill. After some time off and going to Jones she has sparkled. She won the Silverbulletday by 8 lengths going gate to wire and then showed a completely different element in her next race. In the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra, she won by 2 1/2 lengths after starting near the back of the field in an impressive race. She had an easier trip in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks where she sat just off the pace and then took over on the far turn to win by 2 1/2 lengths. Given her performances, she is the top choice, but by no means a lock in this tough spot.

9. Money’soncharlotte – Another late entrant, she broke her maiden in career start number two and then made it two in a row with a 2 3/4 lengths score at Gulfstream Park West. After a bit of time off, she showed up in the Silverbulletday where she was crushed by 8 lengths and finished third behind I’m A Chatterbox. A horrendous performance in the Grade 2 Davona Dale (10th by 37 lengths) was follwed up by a better effort in the Grade 2 Gazelle where she was third by 5 1/4 lengths behind Condo Commando. It is hard to envision her contending here.

10. Oceanwave – She began her career here at Churchill with a third place finish by a length before breaking her maiden at Keeneland by a nose in her second start. A three month break saw her resurface at Oaklawn where she won an optional claimer and then ran second in back-to-back Grade 3 events. She was second in the Grade 3 Honeybee by a length and a half to Sarah Sis and then ran second by a neck in the Grade 3 Fantasy to Include Betty. Many people were not thrilled with her workout on April 24 where she did not seem to have a lot of energy, but trainer Wayne Catalano was not nearly as concerned with the work. At 30-1, it is hard to ignore her for at least a piece underneath.

11. Sarah Sis – She had an excellent 11 length win in her debut at Arlington and then ran second in the Arlington-Washington Lassie by 3 1/2 lengths. She rebounded to win her next race at Keeneland in an allowance before running second in back-to-back listed stakes races at Oaklawn. She broke through for her third win in the Grade 3 Honeybee by a length and a half. Her latest race was a disappointing fifth place effort in the Grade 3 Fantasy where she did not appear to have much of an excuse. She is a conundrum in this spot. Was the Fantasy an aberration or is she a cut below in this spot?

12. Stellar Wind – The morning line favorite in this race comes in from California, but she began her career at Laurel Park in Maryland. She was third in her debut before crushing the competition in her second start by 8 lengths. After transferring to John Sadler in California, she has continued her winning ways. She won the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel by 2 3/4 lengths and then crushed the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks competition by 5 1/4 lengths with a sweeping move on the turn. One of the top concerns here is that Sadler is not the best shipper outside of California (he is 10 for 104 in his career according to this Daily Racing Form post). The distance should not be a trouble for her and it just depends on whether or not you want to back the favorite here in a deep field.

13. Birdatthewire – She needed a few races to break her maiden, though she was competitive in each of her starts in career thus far. She was third in her debut at Churchill before running second and fourth in two starts at Keeneland. She finally broke through back at Churchill in her fourth start and was then sent down to South Florida for some stakes action where she held her own. She won the Grade 2 Forward Gal by 3 1/4 lengths before missing in the Grade 2 Davona Dale by a neck. She rebounded from that race to put in an excellent race in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks when she was forced to steady multiple times. She still won by a length and a quarter. 6-1 would be an absolute steal here.

14. Puca – She started at Saratoga where she ran seventh by 10 in her debut at Saratoga going 5 1/2 furlongs. A stretch out and the addition of turf saw her improve with a third place finish and a return to dirt saw her crush the competition by 16 lengths at Belmont. She was a solid sixth by 3 lengths in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile off her maiden score and then spent the next three and a half months on the sideline. She came back with a fourth place effort in the Grade 2 Davona Dale and then ran second in the Grade 2 Gazelle behind Condo Commando. This will be her third start off the layoff and she offers some value. The question remains is cans she overcome the wide post?

Update: #15 Peace and War has SCRATCHED from the Kentucky Oaks as the eligible.

15. Peace And War (Also-Eligible) – She will need another filly to scratch to make this race. She started in Great Britain with a half length win her debut on polytrack before a switch to the turf where she was crushed by 7 1/4 lengths, finishing sixth in the Grade 3 Albany Stakes at Ascot. She ran well in her third start where she finished second by half a length and was then sent over here. Her first start stateside was the Grade 1 Alcibiades where she closed to win the the race by half a length at 23-1. She then disappeared to the sidelines and did not return until the start of April where ran in the Grade 1 Ashland. She finished last of 7 fillies that day by 17 lengths. Even if she gets in, she will have a lot of work to do.

Selections

This is an incredibly deep Kentucky Oaks field that could lead bettors in any number of directions. #8 I’m A Chatterbox has been impressive this year and the Fair Grounds Oaks winner has come back to win 6 of the last 11 Kentucky Oaks. Another horse to watch out for is #13 Birdatthewire who has been impressive as well down in South Florida. #1 Forever Unbridled is intriguing as a longshot because she has ran well in defeat behind I’m A Chatterbox.

Beyond those three, one could also go with #3 Include Betty to close from well out of it or #5 Condo Commando to try and wire this field. #7 Lovely Maria is another alternative while #12 Stellar Wind is another way to go.

Top selection – #8 I’m A Chatterbox

2nd selection – #13 Birdatthewire

3rd selection – #1 Forever Unbridled

4th selection – #7 Lovely Maria

On multi-race tickets 1, 7, 8, 13, 14 would be used with a saver ticket including #5 Condo Commando.

Check back on Friday night for a recap.

Kentucky Derby News For April 28, 2015

Kentucky Derby News For April 28, 2015

Mr. Z was the lone Kentucky Derby horse to work. He had a short blowout of two furlongs in :24.

American Pharoah had a simple jog on Tuesday morning while Dortmund galloped a mile and a half.

Bold Conquest walked the shedrow after his workout on Monday. Bolo galloped a mile and a half.

The quartet of Todd Pletcher runners, Carpe Diem, Itsaknockout, Materiality, and Stanford, all went to the track. Itsaknockout galloped a mile and a half while the other three were schooled at the gate and then galloped.

Danzig Moon galloped a mile and a half while El Kabeir walked the shedrow on Tuesday morning.

Far Right galloped a mile and a quarter while Firing Line galloped a mile and a half.

Frammento, currently the 22nd horse on the entry list, galloped at Keeneland and was vanned over to Churchill later in the day.

Down at Palm Meadows, Frosted galloped a mile and three eighths while Upstart walked the shedrow. Both are flying into Louisville later on Tuesday.

International Star galloped a mile and a quarter while Keen Ice went further with a 2 mile gallop.

Mubtaahij made his first appearance on the Churchill Downs main track with a one mile jog and one mile canter around the oval.

Ocho Ocho Ocho galloped around the track and is scheduled to work on Wednesday morning.

Tencendur jogged one mile on the main track as soon as it opened. War Story schooled at the gate and then galloped a mile and a half.

Kentucky Oaks Notes

By far the biggest news of the day on Tuesday was the draw for the 2015 Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 1. The entries can be found below.

Post PositionHorseJockeyTrainerMorning Line Odds
1Forever UnbridledMike SmithDallas Stewart15-1
2Shook UpRobby AlbaradoSteve Asmussen30-1
3Include BettyRosemary Homeister Jr.Tom Proctor20-1
4EskenformoneyJavier CastellanoTodd Pletcher20-1
5Condo CommandoJoel RosarioRudy Rodriguez4-1
6Angela ReneeJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher15-1
7Lovely MariaKerwin ClarkLarry Jones5-1
8I'm A ChatterboxFlorent GerouxLarry Jones4-1
9Money'soncharlottePaco LopezKelly Breen50-1
10OceanwaveRafael BejaranoWayne Catalano30-1
11Sarah SisGary StevensIngrid Mason30-1
12Stellar WindVictor EspinozaJohn Sadler7-2
13BirdatthewireIrad Ortiz Jr.Dale Romans6-1
14PucaJunior AlvaradoBill Mott15-1
15. Also-EligiblePeace and WarJulien LeparouxOlly Stevens50-1

As for news on the fillies, Angela Renee and Eskenformoney both galloped. The former went a mile and a quarter while the latter galloped a mile and a half.

Birdatthewire jogged a mile while Condo Commando galloped a mile and three eighths. Forever Unbridled also galloped a mile and three eighths.

I’m A Chatterbox and Lovely Maria both galloped a mile with trainer Larry Jones aboard for both gallops. Include Betty had an easy gallop early on Tuesday morning.

Money’soncharlotte was an unexpected entrant for the Oaks on the weekend, but drew in with the defection of Luminance and Maybellene. She is on her way to Churchill and will arrive late Tuesday evening.

Oceanwave galloped a mile and a half while Puca had a simple gallop.

Sarah Sis began her day with a jog and then galloped two miles while the morning line favorite for the Oaks, Stellar Wind, galloped a mile.

Stakes Probables

Below is an updated list of stakes probables for Kentucky Derby Day (Saturday, May 2) courtesy of Churchill Downs PR.

$500,000 WOODFORD RESERVE TURF CLASSIC (GI) (Entries taken April 29; race May 2) – Chocolate Ride, Finnegans Wake, Optimizer, Seek Again, Slumber (GB), Stephanie’s Kitten, Umgiyo (AUS). Possible: Grand Arch.

$500,000 CHURCHILL DOWNS (GII) (Entries taken April 29; race May 2) – Bayern, C. Zee, Pants On Fire, Private Zone.

$300,000 CHURCHILL DOWNS DISTAFF TURF MILE (GII) (Entries taken April 29; race May 2) – Coffee Clique, Grand Elmendorf, I’m Already Sexy, Kitty Wine, Lady Lara (IRE), Maid On a Mission, Personal Diary, Rosee Is Cozee, Sandiva (IRE), Solid Appeal, Strike Charmer, Tepin.

$300,000 HUMANA DISTAFF (GI) (Entries taken April 29; race May 2) – Classic Point, Clearly Confused, Dame Dorothy, Judy the Beauty, Princess Violet, Sweet Reason, Sweet Whiskey, Thank You Marylou, You Bought Her.

$250,000 AMERICAN TURF (GII) (Entries taken April 29; race May 2) – A Lot, Conquest Typhoon, Firespike, Force the Pass, Metaboss, Royal Son, Tuba, Wireless Future, World Approval.

$200,000 PAT DAY MILE (GIII) (Entries taken April 29; race May 2) – Competitive Edge, Conquest Bigluck E, Hillbilly Royalty, Lord Nelson, Pain and Misery, Prospect Park, Toasting Master, Where’s the Moon.

Kentucky Derby News For April 27, 2015

Kentucky Derby News For April 27, 2015

After a busy weekend, it was relatively quiet in terms of workouts for the Kentucky Derby. The lone horse to work was Bold Conquest who is ranked 22nd on the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard.

Bold Conquest went five furlongs in 1:01.80 while working in company with Gold Hawk. The splits were :13.20, :25.40, :37.60, and :49.60 with a gallop out of 1:16 for six furlongs.

American Pharoah walked the shedrow after his blazing five furlong workout on Sunday morning. Dortmund shipped in from California on Sunday and jogged around the track.

Bolo, also in from California, jogged one mile around the track while Danzig Moon galloped a mile and a half.

Carpe Diem finally made his way over to Churchill Downs early on Monday morning. All he did was walk around his barn.

The other Todd Pletcher trio of Itsaknockout, Materiality, and Stanford all galloped a mile and a half.

El Kabeir arrived early Monday morning after leaving New York on Sunday afternoon. He walked after his arrival. Far Right galloped a mile and a half.

Firing Line jogged around the track once while Frammento galloped over at Keeneland.

Frosted galloped a mile and three eights at Palm Meadows while Upstart also galloped. The duo will be flying into Louisville on Tuesday.

International Star jogged at the Trackside Training Center and then vanned over to Churchill Downs later in the morning.

Keen Ice galloped two miles while Mr. Z galloped and schooled in the paddock.

Mubtaahij jogged two miles at Arlington Park before being vanned to Churchill Downs with him leaving at 10 AM.

Ocho Ocho Ocho just walked around his barn on Monday morning while Tencendur did the same. War Story galloped a mile and a half.

Kentucky Oaks News

The Bob Baffert duo of Luminance and Maybellene were the only Kentucky Oaks workers. Luminance went five furlongs in 1:02.80 with splits of :12.80, :25.80, :38.40, and :50.60. She galloped out six furlongs in 1:15.60.

Maybellene worked four furlongs completing the distance in :48.80. The fractions for her were :24.20, :36.40, and a gallop out in 1:02.20.

Baffert was not too thrilled with the works.  “I might not run a horse in the Oaks,” he said. “I worked them today. I wasn’t really sure; I wanted to see how they worked. It’s a tough Oaks and I might not enter a horse in the Oaks.”

The works were OK, but I don’t know if they are ready for that yet,” Baffert said. “There are a lot of races coming up. I wanted to get them here and watch them train. They are doing well, but I want to be in a more competitive (situation). It’s a really strong Oaks field. I’ll pick some other spots for them.”

The Pletcher duo of Angela Renee and Eskenformoney both galloped a mile and a half after some schooling at the gate.

Birdatthewire walked the shedrow for the second straight day while Condo Commando galloped a mile and three eighths.

Forever Unbridled galloped a mile and three eighths as well while the pair of I’m A Chatterbox and Lovely Maria walked the shedrow.

Include Betty jogged the track early and Oceanwave did the same. Puca galloped on Monday morning.

Sarah Sis was schooled at the starting gate and then had an easy gallop. Shook Up simply walked the shedrow after her workout on Sunday.

Stellar Wind, in from California, jogged a mile on Monday morning.

Kentucky Derby News For April 26, 2015

Kentucky Derby News For April 26, 2015

The work everyone was waiting for on Sunday came to fruition with American Pharoah. He worked five furlongs in a dazzling :58 flat with splits of :11.40, :23, :34.60, and :46.40. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:11.40 and seven furlongs in 1:27.

War Story was back on the track with a mile and a half gallop. He will spend some time in the paddock this week and also work at the starting gate on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Bold Conquest also galloped a mile and a half on Sunday. He will work on Monday morning, according to trainer Steve Asmussen.

The California shippers of Dortmund, Firing Line, and Bolo left Sunday morning and arrived just before noon Louisville.

Upstart galloped Sunday morning in Florida going a half-mile to fifth eighths a day after his five furlong workout. Both he and Frosted will leave Palm Meadows and head to Kentucky on Tuesday.

El Kabeir will arrive in Kentucky early on Monday morning, as he leaves New York on Sunday afternoon.

The trio of Itsaknockout, Materiality, and Stanford all walked the shedrow after working on Friday. At Keeneland, Carpe Diem jogged a mile and he will be at Churchill on Monday.

Danzig Moon galloped a mile and a half on Sunday morning. He will have some time in the paddock on Monday.

Far Right galloped a mile and a half on Sunday while Frammento galloped at Keeneland. Frammento is currently 21st on the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard of horses who are expected to enter.

International Star walked the shedrow after going four furlongs in :50.80 on Saturday. He is currently at the Trackside Training Center and will van over to Churchill on Wednesday morning.

Keen Ice also walked the shedrow after his five furlong workout on Saturday. Mr. Z galloped at Churchill and was also schooled in the paddock on Sunday morning.

Ocho Ocho Ocho galloped a mile and a half while Tencendur jogged a mile.

Mubtaahij went around the Arlington Park main track once on Sunday after his quick closing workout on Saturday. He will van down to Churchill on Monday while his trainer Mike de Kock will be in the United States on Monday.

Kentucky Oaks News

There were still some horses putting in their final works prior to the Oaks on Sunday morning.

Shook Up was the first Oaks worker out to train. She went four furlongs in :50 with internal fractions of :13.20, :24.60, and a gallop out in 1:04.40 for five furlongs

Puca also went four furlongs completing the distance in :48.20 while in company with Japan. Her splits were :12.60, :24.80, :36.40 and a five furlong gallop out in 1:01.20.

I’m A Chatterbox, one of the favorites for the Oaks, worked five furlongs in 1:01 flat. Her splits were :11.80, :23.80, :36, and a gallop out for six furlongs in 1:14.40.

Chatterbox’s stablemate Lovely Maria also went five furlongs for trainer Larry Jones. She completed the work in :59.60 with internal fractions of :12, :23.80, :35.80, :47.60, and a six furlong gallop out in 1:13.40.

Angela Renee and Eskenformoney both simply walked on Sunday. Birdatthewire walked in the shedrow after her five furlong work on Saturday.

Condo Commando was schooled in the paddock and then jogged over the track on Sunday. Forever Unbridled jogged a mile.

Include Betty walked the shedrow while the pair of Luminance and Maybellene both galloped a mile and a half. That duo will both breeze on Monday.

Oceanwave jogged a mile on Sunday while Sarah Sis schooled in the paddock and then did a little jogging on the track.

Stellar Wind arrived at Churchill Downs early Sunday afternoon after her flight from California.

Other Workouts

Honor Code worked four furlongs at Belmont in :47.60 with internal splits of :12.60 and :24.20. He galloped out five furlongs in :59.20, six furlongs in 1:12.40, and seven furlongs in 1:27.80. He will run in the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes on Friday at Churchill Downs.

The reigning sprinter of the year Work All Week put in a five furlong move. He completed the distance in :59.20 with splits of :12.40, :24, :35.40, and :47.60. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:12.40. He is not expected to race until May 30 in the Grade 3 Aristides at Churchill.

Work All Week’s stablemate The Pizza Man also went out on Sunday morning with a six furlong work in 1:16.20.

Stakes Probables

Below are the latest stakes probables for the undercards on Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby days.

$400,000 ALYSHEBA (GII) (Entries taken April 28; race May 1) – Call Me George, Honor Code, Noble Bird, Ride On Curlin. Possible: Den’s Legacy.

$300,000 LA TROIENNE (GI) (Entries taken April 28; race May 1) – America, Frivolous, Molly Morgan, My Miss Sophia, Pearl Turn, Sheer Drama, Stopchargingmaria, Wedding Toast. Possible: Interest Free, Tiz Windy.

$200,000 EIGHT BELLES (GIII) (Entries taken April 28; race May 1) – Ekati’s Phaeton, Fancy and Flashy, Lavender Chrissie, Mizz Money, Promise Me Silver, Streetheart, Super Saks, Taylor S.

$150,000 EDGEWOOD PRESENTED BY FORCHT BANK (GIII) (Entries taken April 28; race May 1) – Lady Zuzu, Pangburn, Quality Rocks. Possible: B Rockett, Sweet Opportunity, Whimsicality.

$150,000 TWIN SPIRES TURF SPRINT (GIII) (Entries taken April 28; race May 1) – Berlino Di Tiger (BRZ), Buster Rose, Channel Marker, Good Deed, Heitai, Positive Side, Power Alert (AUS), Something Extra, Undrafted.

$500,000 WOODFORD RESERVE TURF CLASSIC (GI) (Entries taken April 29; race May 2) – Chocolate Ride, Finnegans Wake, Seek Again, Umgiyo (AUS).

$500,000 CHURCHILL DOWNS (GII) (Entries taken April 29; race May 2) – Bayern, C. Zee, Pants On Fire, Private Zone. Possible: The Big Beast.

$300,000 CHURCHILL DOWNS DISTAFF TURF MILE PRESENTED BY LONGINES (GII) (Entries taken April 29; race May 2) – Coffee Clique, I’m Already Sexy, Lady Lara (IRE), Maid On a Mission, Personal Diary, Sandiva (IRE), Solid Appeal, Strike Charmer, Tepin.

$300,000 HUMANA DISTAFF (GI) (Entries taken April 29; race May 2) – Classic Point, Dame Dorothy, Judy the Beauty, Princess Violet, Sweet Reason, Sweet Whiskey, You Bought Her. Possible: Clearly Confused.

$250,000 AMERICAN TURF PRESENTED BY RAM TRUCKS (GII) (Entries taken April 29; race May 2) – A Lot, Conquest Typhoon, Firespike, Force the Pass, Indianaughty, Metaboss, Tuba, Wireless Future, World Approval. Possible: Royal Son.

UCLA And Cincinnati To Play Future Series

UCLA is expected to play at Cincinnati in 2019 or 2020 (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images North America)
UCLA is expected to play at Cincinnati in 2019 or 2020 (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images North America)

UCLA And Cincinnati To Play Future Series

University of Cincinnati Mike Bohn stated on Thursday that UCLA and the Bearcats have tentatively agreed to a home-and-home series to take place in 2019 and 2020.

No further details were released such as the dates the games will take place or who will play at home first. The two teams have never faced each other on the gridiron.

This is the latest in a series of games coming up for the Bearcats that will be against some high profile teams. Cincinnati has previously agreed to home-and-home series with Nebraska in 2020 and 2025, BYU in 2015 and 2016, and the Miami Hurricanes will be visiting Cincinnati on October 1st of this year.

In addition, Cincinnati will be visiting Michigan in 2017 and Ohio State in 2019 in a duo of one-off games. The Bearcats also have a home-and-home series scheduled with another Big Ten opponent, Indiana, in 2020 and 2021.

“We couldn’t be more inspired by our donor base,” Bohn said. “They have really created an incredible passion for the project that matches that of our coaches and our student-athletes and our recruits. That’s why it’s so exciting to have so many people, really in a synergistic way, recognizing the incredible vision of being able to bring UCLA, Indiana, Nebraska into Cincinnati and compete at a high level.”