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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.

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.

Kentucky Derby News For April 24, 2015

Kentucky Derby News For April 24, 2015

Friday was a busier than expected morning with several works, primarily from the Todd Pletcher barn, moved up to Friday due to concerns over the weather forecast this weekend.

The quartet of Itsaknockout, Materiality, Madefromlucky, and Stanford all worked on Friday morning. Itsaknockout and Materiality worked in company with the latter on the inside. The duo completed four furlongs in :48 with splits of :12, :23.60, and :35,60. They galloped out five furlongs in 1:01 and six furlongs in 1:14.60

Madefromlucky and Stanford also breezed four furlongs in company with one another. Stanford was on the inside and the two did not cross the wire together. Madefromlucky completed the four furlongs in :48.40 with internal splits of :12.40 and :24.40. Madefromlucky galloped out in 1:01 for five furlongs and 1:13.80 for six furlongs.

“He had trouble getting a hold of the track on the turns for whatever reason,” John Velazquez said of Madefromlucky. “I wouldn’t say it was a bad workout, but the other horse worked better.”

Stanford went :12.40 and :24:20 for the internal splits while galloping out five furlongs in 1:01.60 and six furlongs in 1:15.

“Stanford breezed really well today and I thought his gallop out was particularly good,” Pletcher said.

Also working at Churchill was Far Right, who went four furlongs in :49. He had splits of :12.40, :24.20, and galloped out five furlongs in 1:03.

Danzig Moon worked as well, going four furlongs in :48.80 while working in company with Bollente. He had internal fractions of :12.80, :25, :37, and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.80. Bollente went the four furlongs in :49.

Bolo worked five furlongs at Santa Anita on Friday, going the distance in :59.60. “A minute—that’s what I wanted,” trainer Carla Gaines said. “The other horse started kinda slowly and I didn’t want (rider Rafael Bejarano) to grab him, but he settled down.”

Frammento, currently the next horse in line for the Kentucky Derby, worked four furlongs in :48 at Keeneland.

American Pharoah galloped a mile and a half with a scheduled workout on Sunday morning while Bold Conquest galloped the same distance.

International Star galloped a mile and a quarter. He is scheduled to work on Saturday, but that may not happen if the weather is poor. Keen Ice galloped a mile and a half with a scheduled work on Saturday morning.

Ocho Ocho Ocho flew in from California is now stabled at Churchill Downs. He will gallop on Saturday morning. Tencendur galloped one mile and three eighths and is scheduled to work on Saturday morning as well.

War Story simply jogged on Friday morning, two days after his 1:02 five furlong work at Churchill Downs.

Outside of Kentucky, there are several notable works scheduled for Saturday morning. The first is El Kabeir who will work at Belmont Park and then ship to Churchill Downs on Sunday. El Kabeir galloped one mile and three eighths at Belmont on Friday morning.

In addition, Carpe Diem is scheduled to work at Keeneland. At Arlington Park, Mubtaahij is scheduled to work while the California duo of Dortmund and Firing Line are also on the workout docket.

The other works on Saturday morning will be Frosted and Upstart down at Palm Meadows in Florida. The Daily Racing Form‘s David Grening reported that trainer Kiaran McLaughlin moved the workout back from Friday morning to Saturday morning due to the amount of moisture in the track.

Madefromlucky Out Of the Derby, Keen Ice In

In light of Madefromlucky’s lackluster workout on Friday morning, Todd Pletcher and the connections of the horse decided to bypass the Kentucky Derby and point towards the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont on May 9. The hope is that Madefromlucky will be ready to go in the Belmont Park on June 6.

With Madefromlucky not entering the Kentucky Derby, that puts Keen Ice in field. Keen Ice is a winner of one race in 7 career starts. He has made 5 consecutive starts in Graded Stakes competition.

Keen Ice most recently ran fourth in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby and was third in the Grade 2 Risen Star prior to that race.

Kentucky Oaks News

There were also plenty of Kentucky Oaks contenders working as well on Friday morning.

Angela Renee worked four furlongs in company with Curalina while completing the distance in :48.80. The internal splits for those two were :12.40, :24.40 with five furlongs in 1:00.20 and six furlongs galloped out in 1:14.20. The Daily Racing Form‘s Mike Welsch had a slightly different clocking, but was impressed with this duo.

Another Todd Pletcher worker that went out was Eskenformoney who went in company with Roberta Turner. The duo went a half mile in :48.40 with internal splits of :11.60, :23.60, :36, and a five furlong gallop out in 1:01.60.

Then there was Forever Unbridled who worked five furlongs in 1:01. Her splits for the workout were :12.20, :24, :36.20, and :48.40 with a final gallop out of 1:15.80 for six furlongs.

Then there were three more horses during the special Oaks/Derby training session.

Sarah Sis went five furlongs in 1:02.60 with internal splits of :12.40, :24.80, and :37. She galloped out six furlongs in 1:16.80.

Oceanwave worked five furlongs in company with Purse Strings. She completed the five furlongs in 1:02 with internal splits of :12.40, :24.20, :36, and :48.60 while galloping out six furlongs in 1:18.20. Mike Welsch has postulated that she may not be entered in the Oaks off this work.

Condo Commando worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 with internal fractions of :25, :36.40, and :48.60 with a six furlong gallop out in 1:13 flat. Mike Welsch was impressed the most by Condo Commando of these three fillies during the special training session.

At Santa Anita, Stellar Wind breezed six furlongs in 1:12.80 for trainer John Sadler. She did so in company with Scooter Bird. She will leave California on Sunday morning and arrive in Kentucky later that day.

Birdatthewire galloped a mile and a half with a scheduled work on Saturday morning. The duo of Luminance and Maybellene also galloped a mile and a half.

I’m A Chatterbox and Lovely Maria both galloped a mile and a half for trainer Larry Jones at Keeneland on Friday morning. They were vanned over to Churchill in the afternoon. Both will be working on Sunday morning.

Include Betty galloped early on Friday morning as did Shook Up. Meanwhile, Puca galloped a mile and three eighths. Puca is expected to work on Saturday or Sunday, depending on the weather.

Other Stakes Probable Workouts

Todd Pletcher sent out four other horses, with a couple that are expected to appear next weekend. Competitive Edge worked four furlongs in :48.20 with a quarter of a mile in :23.60 and a five furlong gallop out in 1:01.60.

Prontonico and Stopchargingmaria worked as a pair going four furlongs in :49.00. They galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.60.

Sandiva also worked out going four furlongs in :49.20. She galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.20 and six furlongs in 1:15.60.

Other workers included Noble Bird and Coastline who went four furlongs together in :48.40. Sweet Whiskey worked four furlongs in :48, Pain and Misery went four furlongs in :50, and Promise Me Silver went four furlongs in :48.80 with a gallop out in 1:02.80 for five furlongs.

Gold Medal Dancer went five furlongs in 1:01.40 while the pair of Conquest Typhoon and World Approval went four furlongs in :49.

Kentucky Derby News For April 23, 2015

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.

Kentucky Derby News For April 22, 2015

Kentucky Derby entrant War Story during his workout on April 22, 2015 (Photo courtesy of Churchill Downs PR)
Kentucky Derby entrant War Story during his workout on April 22, 2015 (Photo courtesy of Churchill Downs PR)

Kentucky Derby News For April 22, 2015

Two Kentucky Derby entrants worked out on Wednesday morning in War Story and Mr Z. War Story went out very early while Mr. Z waited until after the renovation break to workout. Both horses went five furlongs for their workouts.

War Story worked at 5:45 in the morning completing the five furlongs in 1:01.60. The internal fractions were :24.60 and :36.40 with him being clocked at 1:15.60 for six furlongs on the gallop out. Dylan Davis was aboard for the work for trainer Tom Amoss.

Mr. Z completed his five furlongs in 1:01 with his internal fractions going in :12.80, :25, :37, and :48.60. He galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:15.60 and was clocked with a final quarter of :24.20. Edvin Vargas was the rider for Mr. Z during the work for trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

At Santa Anita, Ocho Ocho Ocho went six furlongs from the gate. He completed the move in 1:13.60 for trainer Jim Cassidy. His rider is unconfirmed for the Kentucky Derby, but it will either be Elvis Trujillo or Santiago Gonzalez. Ocho Ocho Ocho will be in Kentucky on Friday and work at Churchill next Wednesday.

No other Kentucky Derby horses had a work, but plenty made an appearance on the track.

American Pharoah and Danzig Moon both galloped a mile and a half after the renovation break. American Pharoah is expected to workout on Sunday while Danzig Moon will most likely work on Saturday.

Bold Conquest galloped after the break as well. He worked on Monday, going five furlongs in 1:02.60.

Far Right jogged two miles and is scheduled to work over the weekend. Which day he works will depend on the weather, according to his trainer Ron Moquett.

International Star galloped a mile and a quarter as did Tencendur. Tencendur is expected to work on Saturday morning if all goes well with the weather.

Todd Pletcher‘s four horses of Itsaknockout, Madefromlucky, Materiality, and Stanford all galloped a mile and a quarter on Wednesday morning. All four are expected to workout on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Carpe Diem galloped a mile and a half on Wednesday and will work out at Keeneland on Sunday morning.

Keen Ice galloped a mile after the renovation break.

Away from Churchill Downs, Mubtaahij went a lap around the Arlington Park polytrack on Wednesday morning after his three furlong workout on Tuesday. Upstart went two miles at Palm Meadows in Florida and he will work over the weekend down there.

Kentucky Oaks News

There were not workers for the Kentucky Oaks on Wednesday morning. Angela Renee and Eskenformoney both galloped a mile and a quarter for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Birdatthewire galloped a mile, Condo Commando galloped a mile and an eighth, while Shook Up also galloped over the track.

Forever Unbridled, Include Betty, Luminance, Oceanwave, and Puca all galloped a mile and a half over the track. Forever Unbridled will work on Friday morning while Puca is scheduled for a workout on Saturday.

Maybellene walked the shedrow after her four furlong workout on Tuesday.

Kentucky Derby News For April 21, 2015

Upstart winning the 2015 Holy Bull (Coglianese Photos/Leslie Martin)
Upstart winning the 2015 Holy Bull (Coglianese Photos/Leslie Martin)

Kentucky Derby News For April 21, 2015

On Monday afternoon it was revealed that WinStar Farm has bought a minority share of Upstart from owner Ralph Evans. He will remain with trainer Rick Violette Jr.

“Upstart has been on our radar since the Breeders’ Cup,” said WinStar president Elliott Walden in a release. “Jerry Brown of Thoro-Graph approached me because he really believes this colt has a big future. We are honored to be partners with such a nice man as Ralph Evans on such an exciting young horse as Upstart.”

Upstart has been ultra consistent since his debut at Saratoga on August 15, 2014. He won his first two races before finishing second in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes and then third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to close out his two year old campaign.

At three, he won Grade 2 Holy Bull (pictured above) and was disqualified from first to second in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth. He then ran second in the Grade 1 Florida Derby behind Materiality.

Mounts Starting To Solidify

There were three rider confirmations made on Monday. The first was that John Velazquez will be riding Carpe Diem in the Derby. That leaves Javier Castellano as the rider for Materiality.

Velazquez has ridden Carpe Diem in all five of his starts, guiding him to four wins and a second place finish. Velazquez also rode Materiality in all three of his starts, which were all victories.

In addition, Mike Smith was confirmed as the rider of Far Right in the Derby. Smith has ridden Far Right in each of the last three races, which has been very good for the connections. In those three races, Far Right has two wins and a second place finish.

Kentucky Derby Works and Notes

It was another slow day for works, but one did take place at Arlington Park for the Dubai shipper Mubtaahij. He went three furlongs in 36.20 over the polytrack.

Going for trainer Mike de Kock, Mubtaahij went a mile around the track before going into his work. He will be shipped from Arlington to Churchill Downs on Monday.

No other Kentucky Derby hopefuls worked, but plenty were on the track. American Pharoah galloped a mile and a half as did Danzig Moon. Pharoah will be breezing on Sunday morning. War Story galloped a mile and a quarter early in the morning and is scheduled to work on Wednesday morning.

Bold Conquest simply walked in the shedrow after Monday’s five furlong workout in 1:02.80. Far Right also walked the shedrow.

International Star galloped a mile and a quarter at the Trackside Training Center while Tencendur galloped a mile back at Churchill Downs. Keen Ice also jogged at Churchill during the morning.

Madefromlucky was vanned over to Churchill Downs from Keeneland on Monday morning with Materiality, Itsaknockout, and Stanford all arriving later on Tuesday at Churchill Downs. All four are trained by Todd Pletcher.

Mr. Z is scheduled to workout on Wednesday morning.

Kentucky Oaks News

On hand to watch his horse work this morning was Bob Baffert. He saw Maybellene work four furlongs in :48.40 with fractions of :12.60, :24.40, :36.80, and a gallop out at five furlongs in 1:01.80. She worked in company with Holiday Camp.

Two Todd Pletcher horses for the Kentucky Oaks also arrived at Churchill Downs in Angela Renee and Eskenformoney.

Birdatthewire jogged on Monday morning as did Condo Commando. Forever Unbridled galloped a mile and a half while Include Betty galloped the same distance. Luminance, Oceanwave, and Puca all galloped a mile and a half as well while Shook Up walked on Tuesday morning after her work on Monday.

Other Stakes Workers

Baffert was on hand to see his filly Maybellene workout, but two of his other horses worked in company. Those two were Callback and Lord Nelson who went four furlongs in a quick 46.80. The internal fractions were :23, :46.80, and a gallop out in 1:14.60 for six furlongs.

There were some turf workers as well on the grass labeled as good. Golden Soul went five furlongs in 1:03.60, Good Deed went four furlongs in :49.80, Heitai went four furlongs in :51.60, Chocolate Ride went five furlongs in 1:03.60, and I’m Already Sexy went five furlongs in 1:04.20.

Kentucky Derby News For April 20, 2015

Calvin Borel after the 2010 Kentucky Derby, which he won aboard Super Saver (Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America)
Calvin Borel after the 2010 Kentucky Derby, which he won aboard Super Saver (Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America)

Kentucky Derby News For April 20, 2015

There was only one workout for Kentucky Derby hopefuls on Monday and that came from Bold Conquest. He worked five furlongs in 1:02.60 over a good track that was drying out from rain.

Bold Conquest had fractions of :12.60, :24.80, :37.40, :50.20, and the breeze of five furlongs was covered in 1:02.60 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:16.80. He is currently 23rd based on the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard of expected horses to enter the Derby.

Mr. Z also galloped over the track shortly after the track opened for training. American Pharoah schooled at the gate and then galloped during the special Derby-Oaks training session while Danzig Moon also galloped over the track. War Story also galloped and went about a mile and half.

International Star galloped a mile and a quarter at the Trackside Training Center. Mubtaahij, currently stabled at Arlington Park, went two laps over the polytrack with Umgiyo.

Calvin Borel Named To Ride On El Kabeir For the Kentucky Derby

On Sunday afternoon, jockey Calvin Borel was named as the jockey for El Kabeir in the Kentucky Derby on May 2.

Borel will replace C.C. Lopez who had ridden the 3 year old son of Scat Daddy in the previous four races. During that stretch, El Kabeir won the Grade 3 Jerome Stakes and the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes while finishing second in the Grade 3 Withers and third in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial.

Borel has ridden El Kabeir before in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs last fall. Borel guided the colt to a victory in that race in gate-to-wire fashion.

El Kabeir worked on Sunday at Belmont Park covering five furlongs in 1:00.18, which was third best of 19 workouts at the distance.

According to trainer John Terranova, El Kabeir will probably work at Belmont on Sunday, April 26, before shipping to Kentucky later that evening.

Manny Franco Confirmed As Rider of Tencendur

In other jockey news for the Kentucky Derby, Manny Franco was confirmed as the rider of Tencendur for the Kentucky Derby by the DRF’s David Grening. Trainer George Weaver confirmed the mount on Monday.

Franco was aboard Tencendur in his second start, a 3/4 length win against New York Bred maidens. That was the only time Franco rode him and the only win Tencendur has to his credit.

Tencendur went on to finish second by 2 lengths in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial behind Frosted to earn his spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate.

Franco is currently second at the current Aqueduct meeting in the jockey’s standings after finishing third during Aqueduct’s winter meeting.

Two Undercard Possibilities Workout

For as much attention as the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders get, there will also be some excellent racing on the undercard for both of those races. On Monday, two potential starters worked out at Churchill Downs.

Judy The Beauty worked six furlongs going the distance in 1:12.60 with fellow stable mate Puppy Manners. She won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint by head over Better Lucky last year. Trainer Wesley Ward later confirmed that she would be pointed to the Grade 1 Humana Distaff on Derby day.

Also working out on Monday morning was Hoppertunity, who scratched prior the 2014 Kentucky Derby due to a foot injury. He went four furlongs in :48.40 and is nominated to the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes on Kentucky Oaks day (Friday, May 1).

Kentucky Oaks News

There was not much in the way of workouts for possible Kentucky Oaks starters. Only four horses galloped on Monday morning.

Forever Unbridled went a mile and a half for her gallop as did Puca. Forever Unbridled will probably work on Friday. Puca’s trainer, Bill Mott, said Junior Alvarado would have the mount for the Oaks. Mott said she is likely to breeze on Saturday.

Maybellene also galloped over the track with a scheduled workout possible on Tuesday. Both Luminance and Oceanwave just jogged around the track on Monday morning. Oceanwave is expected to work on Thursday.

Stakes Probables and Possibles

The link here provides the probable horses and possible entrants for each stakes race on Oaks and Derby Day.