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Went the Day Well works for Derby

Went the Day Well recorded his first workout since winning the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes on March 24, breezing five furlongs in 1:02 over the Polytrack at Keeneland on Saturday. The son of Proud Citizen is training up to the May 5 Kentucky Derby for Graham Motion.

"He worked fine and we were not looking for anything flashy," Motion said. ""It was his first work since a big race and we still have plenty of time (before the Kentucky Derby)."

Went the Day Well, who traveled in company with recent allowance winner Under Control, recorded fractions of :13 2/5, :25 4/5 and :37 3/5 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:16 with exercise rider Zeke Castro.

Motion is following the same pattern with Went the Day Well that he did last spring with Animal Kingdom, who trained at Keeneland after winning the Spiral and then won the Kentucky Derby.

"He will work again next Saturday and do more than he did today," Motion said about Went the Day Well. "Then we will take him over to Churchill the following Wednesday or Thursday and then have a final work the Saturday or Sunday before the Derby, depending on the weather. That schedule worked well with Animal Kingdom last year."