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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 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.