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Kentucky Derby Update for Sunday, April 20
VICAR’S IN TROUBLE (No. 2) / GENERAL A ROD (No. 16) / HARRY’S HOLIDAY (No. 21) – Trainer Mike Maker reported Sunday morning that things were “all well” at the nearby Trackside Training Center for his trio of Kentucky Derby possibilities.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Vicar’s in Trouble worked five furlongs at Trackside in 1:00.40 on Saturday and is scheduled to breeze here this Saturday along with Harry’s Holiday, who is owned by Skychai Racing, Terry Raymond and Jana Wagner.
J. Armando Rodriguez’s General a Rod is scheduled to work at Churchill Downs on Tuesday or Wednesday.
DANZA (No. 6) – Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Danza galloped a little more than 1 ¼ miles after the morning renovation break under exercise rider Nick Bush.
Danza will be joined Tuesday by two more Kentucky Derby hopefuls for trainer Todd Pletcher: Starlight Racing’s Intense Holiday and Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s We Miss Artie.
Both colts worked at Palm Meadows on Sunday: Intense Holiday going a half in :48.75 in company with Micromanage and We Miss Artie going five furlongs in 1:01 in company with Capo Bastone.
WILDCAT RED (No. 9) – Honors Stable Corp.’s Wildcat Red completed the Florida portion of his preparation for Kentucky Derby 140 by working a half-mile in :48.69 at Gulfstream Park.
“He went very nicely, very easy,” trainer Jose Garrofalo said. “Luis Saez was up and I got him in :48 and change.”
Wildcat Red, winner of the Fountain of Youth (GII) and Hutcheson (GIII) and runner-up in the Florida Derby (GI) in his most recent start, is scheduled to ship to Churchill Downs on Tuesday.
“I will be there after the sale in Ocala on Thursday or Friday,” Garrofalo said. “I will work him there Saturday or Sunday, depending on the weather.”
RIDE ON CURLIN (No. 11) – Daniel Dougherty’s Ride On Curlin, runner-up in the Arkansas Derby (G1), galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Bryan Beccia for trainer Billy Gowan.
Ride On Curlin, who arrived here last Monday, is scheduled to work Saturday or Sunday depending on weather according to Gowan. Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning rider Calvin Borel has the mount for Derby 140.
CHITU (No. 12) / BAYERN (No. 24) – Tanma Corporation’s Chitu, winner of the Sunland Derby (GIII), galloped after the morning renovation break with exercise rider Jorge Alvarez up for trainer Bob Baffert.
Following Chitu out was Kaleem Shah’s Bayern, who also galloped. Bayern stands 24th on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard Presented by TwinSpires.com” and would need several defections to gain a spot in the Derby starting gate should his connections opt to enter.
Scheduled to arrive Monday from California for Baffert is Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s Hoppertunity, winner of the Rebel (GII) and runner-up in the Santa Anita Derby (GI).
TAPITURE (No. 13) – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Tapiture galloped Sunday morning and is scheduled to work Monday morning shortly after 6 o’clock for trainer Steve Asmussen.
MEDAL COUNT (No. 17) – Spendthrift Farm’s Medal Count, runner-up in the Blue Grass (GI) in his most recent start, galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Faustino Aguilar for trainer Dale Romans.
COMMANDING CURVE (No. 22) – West Point Thoroughbreds’ Commanding Curve, third in the Louisiana Derby (GII) in his most recent start, jogged before the renovation break under exercise rider Pedro Velez for trainer Dallas Stewart.
Commanding Curve stands 22nd on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard Presented by TwinSpires.com.”