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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 25, 2015

Carpe Diem working out on Saturday, April 25, 2015 (Keeneland Photo)
Carpe Diem working out on Saturday, April 25, 2015 (Keeneland Photo)

Kentucky Derby News For April 25, 2015

It was another busy morning on Saturday with many Kentucky Derby horses working out.

Over at Keeneland, Carpe Diem worked four furlongs in :48.60 with splits of :13 and :25. He galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.20, six furlongs in 1:14.80, and seven furlongs in 1:29.40.

Back at Churchill, Tencendur went out super early before the rain start falling. He breezed five furlongs in 1:00 in company with Wake Up in Malibu. He has internal splits of :11.60, :23.40, :35.20, and :47.40 while galloping out six furlongs in 1:14.

International Star worked at the Trackside Training Center in company with Nominative. He went four furlongs in :50.80 with splits of :13, :25.20, and :37.60 with a gallop out of 1:06.20 for five furlongs.

The latest Kentucky Derby entrant, Keen Ice, went five furlongs for his work on Saturday morning. He completed the distance in 1:01.60 with fractions of :11.80, :24, :36, and :48.60 with a six furlong gallop out in 1:15.60.

Down in Florida, both Frosted and Upstart put in separate drills. Frosted worked five furlongs in 1:01 with internal fractions of :12.80, :24.80, :36.60, and a gallop out of 1:14.40 for six furlongs. Upstart worked five furlongs in 59:80 with fractions of :12.60, :24.40, and :48.

The Daily Racing Form‘s David Grening was on hand to see the works and provides his thoughts on the workouts here.

In Illinois, Mubtaahij worked at Arlington Park on Saturday. He completed the four furlongs in :49.60 with internal fractions of :14.40, :26.80, :38.40 with a final quarter of a mile clocked in :23.

In New York, El Kabeir worked four furlongs in :46.80 despite some unexpected company from another horse. Trainer John Terranova was not concerned with that, however.

“The only unanticipated thing was the company that we hooked, but it was no problem,” Terranova said. “Simon knows him well and he did what he was supposed to do anyway regardless. He was well in hand and Simon had him there. As usual, when he feels some company he’s very competitive and on the bridle, but he’s like that if you work him solo or not. It was fine. No concerns as far as that goes. It was really nice.”

El Kabeir will arrive in Kentucky on Sunday night after shipping by van.

Over in California, Firing Line put in a five furlong workout at Santa Anita. He went the distance in 1:02.20 while his trainer caught the six furlong gallop out in “1:15 and change.” He will fly to Kentucky on Sunday morning.

Then came the big workout from Dortmund, also at Santa Anita. He went six furlongs in 1:13.60 in company with Lady Bull. He started about five lengths behind Lady Bull and ran beautifully in the work according to trainer Bob Baffert.

“He worked a little fast last time, so were hoping he’d relax,” Baffert said after the workout. “He’s getting very push-button.”

 American Pharoah came out early to gallop around the track before the rain began. He will be working on Sunday morning.

Bold Conquest galloped a mile and a half on Saturday. He is scheduled to work on Monday with company per his trainer Steve AsmussenBolo will be coming from Santa Anita on Sunday via airplane before noon.

Danzig Moon walked the shedrow after his four furlong on work in :48.80 on Friday. Far Right did not do much on Saturday, but will be back on the track Sunday morning. He too worked a half mile on Friday going the distance in :49.

Frammento walked the shedrow on Saturday at Keeneland following his four furlong work on Friday. Mr. Z galloped the track as soon as it opened.

Ocho Ocho Ocho got his first taste of the Churchill Downs surface with a gallop of a mile and a half. He may work again at Churchill Downs Monday or Tuesday.

War Story galloped a mile and a half early this morning after he schooled in the paddock.

Kentucky Oaks News

Include Betty worked five furlongs in 1:02.20 with internal splits of :25.80 and :38. She galloped out six furlongs in 1:18.

Birdatthewire worked five furlongs as well completing the distance in 1:01.20. Her internal fractions were :12.40, :24.40, :36.20, and :48.40. She galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.40 and seven furlongs in 1:28.80.

Angela Renee and Eskenformoney both jogged a mile after their workouts on Friday morning. Condo Commando was rested on Saturday, one day after her five furlong work.

Forever Unbridled simply walked the shedrow Saturday morning. The duo of I’m A Chatterbox and Lovely Maria both galloped a mile and a half.

Luminance and Maybellene also galloped a mile and a half. Both are expected to have a final work prior to the Kentucky Oaks.

Oceanwave walked the shedrow on Saturday. Puca galloped a mile and a half with an expected workout on Sunday, but that could be pushed back to Monday if the track is still not up to Bill Mott‘s liking.

Sarah Sis and Stellar Wind both walked the shedrow after their works on Friday. Shook Up galloped two miles and will workout on Sunday morning.

Other Workouts

Taylor S. worked four furlongs in :50.20 while turf horse Divisidero went five furlongs in 1:01.60. Divisidero had fractions of :25, :37, and a gallop out of 1:16.40 for six furlongs.

Lavender Chrissie worked five furlongs in 1:01.60.

At Santa Anita, Bayern worked six furlongs from the gate in 1:10.80 for Bob Baffert. He went in company with Cat Burglar while Baffert timed the pair in “59 and change.” Bayern is under consideration for both the Alysheba Stakes at 8.5 furlongs and the Churchill Downs Stakes at 7 furlongs.

Umgiyo also worked at Arlington Park prior to Mubtaahij. He went four furlongs in :50 with a final quarter of a mile in :23.40.