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Dynamic Sky, Uncaptured complete preparations for Blue Grass
Dynamic Sky, runner-up to Falling Sky in the Sam F. Davis and most recently fourth behind Verrazano in the Tampa Bay Derby, breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs on Saturday in 1:01 2/5 in advance of next Saturday's Grade 1 Blue Grass at Keeneland.
Originally scheduled to breeze by himself, Dynamic Sky worked on the fast main track in company with Fly Gal. A dark bay 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 3/5.
"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 TwinSpires.com" 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 starting gate and a third-place effort would put him "on the bubble."
Trainer Mark Casse also plans to enter Uncaptured and the colt logged his final move for the Blue Grass at Keeneland Saturday morning, completing five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 on the Polytrack. Click here for work video.
A five-time stakes winner during his juvenile season, including the Kentucky Jockey Club and Iroquois at Churchill Downs, Uncaptured finished second behind Black Onyx when making his 2013 bow in March 23 Spiral at Turfway Park.
Working in company Steel Dust Dancer, a three-year-old maiden, Uncaptured started the work a couple of lengths behind his stablemate, drew even at the eighth-pole and finished three lengths in front. Clockers caught the first three-eighths in :36 3/5.
Miguel Mena, who has ridden Uncaptured in his past three starts and is scheduled to have the mount in the Blue Grass, was aboard Saturday morning for the move that pleased Mark Casse.
"It was a good work. I wanted him to go in around 1:01 and that was a nice horse he was working with," Casse stated. "He shut it down pretty quick after the work. A week before a race, I don't want a huge workout and a big gallop out."
Winner of the Iroquois and Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs last fall, Uncaptured has accumulated 30 points toward the Kentucky Derby. A top-three finish in the Blue Grass likely would assure a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate.
"We know he likes Churchill Downs, so hopefully he runs well enough here to get us there," Casse said of the Lion Heart colt, who finished second in the Spiral in his 2013 debut on March 23. "I thought his effort in the Spiral was tremendous."
Dynamic Sky and Uncaptured are owned by John Oxley, who won the 2001 Kentucky Derby with Monarchos.
"I think both horses have a legitimate chance to win the Blue Grass, which is pretty exciting," Norman Casse added. “Hopefully both of them can hit the board and we'll have a chance to have two horses in the Kentucky Derby.”
Joel Rosario, who rode Dynamic Sky in his most recent start, would have the Blue Grass mount. Dynamic Sky will join Uncaptured at Keeneland on Sunday.
In other Kentucky Derby news, Golden Soul, runner-up to Oxbow in the Grade 3 Lecomte and fourth behind Revolutionary in last Saturday's Grade 2 Louisiana Derby, 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, 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 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 Grade 1 Arkansas Derby. 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.