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Dynamic Sky Breezes at Churchill Downs in Prep for Blue Grass

| Brisnet Editorial | 04/06/2013 #
  • Assistant trainer Norman Casse (left) and his father, Mark. Credit: Churchill Downs / Reed Palmer Photography

Dynamic Sky, runner-up to Falling Sky in the Sam F. Davis (Grade III) and most recently fourth behind Verrazano in the Tampa Bay Derby (GII), breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs on Saturday in 1:01.40 in prep for the Toyota Blue Grass (GI) at Keeneland on April 13. 

Dynamic Sky, who originally was scheduled to breeze by himself, worked on the fast main track in company with Fly Gal. A dark bay or brown son of Sky Mesa, Dynamic Sky started three lengths behind his workmate, gained an advantage over her at the three-sixteenths pole and then finished several lengths in front. Fly Gal was credited with a time of 1:02.60.

“We ended up working in company to make sure he had a target to run at,” assistant trainer Norman Casse said. “They went off kind of slow, which was by design because we didn’t want to work him very fast, but then he finished the last three-eighths (of a mile) in :35 flat and had plenty left galloping out. He looks like he’s doing very well coming into the race.

“I really hope he runs well and gets a chance to run in the Kentucky Derby because he seems to really appreciate this racetrack.”

Dynamic Sky has 13 points on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by” and is No. 23 on the Leaderboard. A Top 2 finish in the Blue Grass, which awards points to the Top 4 finishers on a 100-40-20-10 scale as part of the Second Leg of the Championship Series, would assure Dynamic Sky a spot in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) starting gate and a third-place effort would put him “on the bubble.”

Trainer Mark Casse also plans to enter Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) winner Uncaptured in the Blue Grass. Uncaptured, winner of five stakes races during his juvenile season, finished second behind Black Onyx in the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Racing Spiral (GIII) off a four-month layoff. On Saturday, he breezed five furlongs in 1:01.40 at Keeneland in his first work since the Spiral.

“I think both horses have a legitimate chance to win the Blue Grass, which is pretty exciting,” Norman Casse said. “Hopefully both of them can hit the board and we’ll have a chance to have two horses in the Kentucky Derby.”

Uncaptured, No. 12 on the Leaderboard, will assure himself a spot in the Derby with a Top 3 finish in the Blue Grass and likely will still earn his way to Louisville on the First Saturday in May should he finish fourth. 

Dynamic Sky and Uncaptured are owned by John Oxley, who won the 2001 Kentucky Derby with Monarchos.

In other Kentucky Derby news, Golden Soul, runner-up to Oxbow in the Lecomte (GIII) and most recently fourth behind Revolutionary in the Louisiana Derby (GII), arrived at Churchill Downs from Fair Grounds on Saturday morning at 3:45 a.m. EDT and was bedded down in Barn 48 for trainer Dallas Stewart. With 14 points, Charles Fipke’s Golden Soul sits at No. 22 on the Leaderboard.

“We know we’ve only got 14 points, but we’re just going to train up to the Kentucky Derby and see what happens,” Stewart said.

Scheduled to work Sunday at Churchill Downs following the morning renovation break is Newtown Anner Stud, James Covello and Joseph Bulger’s Falling Sky, who beat Dynamic Sky in the Sam F. Davis prior to running third in the Tampa Bay Derby. Trainer John Terranova said Thursday that Falling Sky is under consideration for the Blue Grass and Arkansas Derby (GI). A decision on where Falling Sky will have his final prep for the Kentucky Derby is expected this weekend.

The Blue Grass and Arkansas Derby are both a part of the Second Leg of the Championship Series on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” and points will be awarded to the Top 4 finishers on a 100-40-20-10 scale. Currently ranked No. 19 with 20 points, Falling Sky likely will need a Top 3 or 4 finish in the Blue Grass or Arkansas Derby to earn a spot in the Kentucky Derby. 

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