Kentucky Derby News For April 23, 2015
It was another slow morning on Thursday in the way of works with no Kentucky Derby horses working out. However, there are plenty of workouts expected this weekend.
American Pharoah galloped a mile and a half on Thursday and also stood in the gate. He will workout on Sunday. Bold Conquest galloped a bit after visiting the starting gate as well.
Todd Pletcher’s quartet of Itsaknockout, Madefromlucky, Materiality, and Stanford all took to the track at Churchill Downs. They all went about a mile and a quarter for their gallop. All four will be working out on Saturday.
Carpe Diem worked at Keeneland later in the morning with Pletcher on hand to see it. Carpe Diem went a mile and a half over the main track. He is expected to work on Sunday morning at Keeneland with an approximated time of 6:30.
Danzig Moon galloped a mile and a half while his workout for this weekend is not solidified due to the weather. According to trainer Mark Casse, it will occur on either Saturday or Sunday.
Also working a mile and a half was Keen Ice. He is expected to work on Saturday morning.
Far Right finally got to a gallop after walking and jogging the previous few days. He galloped a mile and three quarters with an expected work on Saturday. Once again, however, it could be pushed back to Sunday if the weather does not cooperate.
International Star galloped a mile and a quarter at the Trackside Training Center. Like Far Right, he is scheduled to work Saturday, but could also work Sunday if the weather is better.
Mr. Z simply walked the shedrow on Thursday morning after working five furlongs in 1:01 on Wednesday. War Story also walked the shedrow. He worked five furlongs in 1:02 on Wednesday.
Tencendur galloped one and three eighths miles on Thursday. He will probably work on Saturday unless there is lightning, according to his trainer George Weaver.
Mubtaahij went around the Arlington Park track twice on Thursday. He is scheduled for another breeze on Saturday and will then ship to Churchill Downs on Monday.
Kentucky Oaks News
Eskenformoney galloped early this morning along side Madefromlucky. She went about a mile and a quarter as did Angela Renee later in the morning. Both fillies are expected to work on Friday morning.
Birdatthewire galloped a mile and a half with her work scheduled for Saturday. Condo Commando also galloped a mile and a half and will work on Friday morning. Trainer Rudy Rodriguez said she will work either 5 or 6 furlongs.
Forever Unbridled galloped a mile and a half and will work on Friday morning. She currently needs one horse ahead of her on the Kentucky Oaks Points Leaderboard to make the field.
Include Betty simply jogged early this morning while the Bob Baffert duo of Luminance and Maybellene both galloped a mile and a half.
Oceanwave and Puca both went a mile and a half for their gallops. Oceanwave will work on Friday while Puca will work over the weekend depending on the weather.
Sarah Sis galloped a mile over Churchill Downs after arriving before 5:30 on Thursday morning. She will have a five furlong workout on Friday morning.
Shook Up went to the starting gate and then galloped for a little bit.
One last note about the Kentucky Oaks is that Wonder Gal, a longshot to make the field, will not race at Churchill Downs next weekend, according to David Grening of the DRF. She was expected to enter the Kentucky Oaks or Eight Belles, but an illness will keep her in New York.
Oaks and Derby Day Stakes Probables
From Churchill Downs’ daily news report, the following are the probables for the stakes races 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.
$200,000 PAT DAY MILE PRESENTED BY LG&E AND KU (GIII) (Entries taken April 29; race May 2) – Competitive Edge, Conquest Bigluck E, Hillbilly Royalty, Pain and Misery, Toasting Master, Where’s the Moon.