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Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands Update for Tuesday, April 22

| Churchill Downs | 04/23/2014 #
  • The Bob Baffert-trained Hoppertunity got his first feel for the Churchill Downs track on Tuesday. (Reed Palmer, Churchill Downs)

  • Ride On Curlin galloped at Churchill Downs on Tuesday (Reed Palmer, Churchill Downs)

  • Commanding Curve is 'on the bubble" in 21st position for the Derby 140 field. (Reed Palmer, Churchill Downs)

VICAR’S IN TROUBLE (No. 2)/GENERAL A ROD (No. 15)/HARRY’S HOLIDAY (No. 20) – Trainer Mike Maker vanned his trio of Kentucky Derby possibilities to the Churchill Downs backside late Tuesday morning.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s  Vicar’s in Trouble galloped at the Trackside Training Center Tuesday morning and is scheduled to breeze at Churchill Downs on Saturday along  with  Harry’s  Holiday,  who  is  owned by  Skychai  Racing, Terry Raymond and Jana Wagner. Harry’s Holiday galloped Tuesday at Trackside. Joel Barrientos was aboard both colts.

J.  Armando Rodriguez’s  General a Rod  also galloped at  Trackside Tuesday  and  is scheduled  to  work  at  Churchill  Downs  on Wednesday with Barrientos up.

DANZA (No. 6)/INTENSE HOLIDAY (No. 8)/WE MISS ARTIE (No. 10)/VINCEREMOS (No. 19) – Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners Danza galloped 1 ½ miles under exercise rider Nick Bush after the Tuesday morning renovation break at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Danza will be joined Tuesday afternoon by Starlight Racing’s Intense Holiday and Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s We Miss Artie. The two colts were booked on a flight out of South Florida with a 1 p.m. arrival at Louisville International Airport.

Pletcher’s fourth Derby hopeful, WinStar Farm and Twin Creek Racing Stables’ Vinceremos is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Wednesday from WinStar, where he has been since running in the April 12 Blue Grass Stakes (GI).

HOPPERTUNITY (No. 7)/CHITU (No. 12)/BAYERN (No. 23) – Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s Hoppertunity got his first exercise over the track at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning, galloping 1 ½ miles under Dana Barnes after the renovation break.

The winner of the Rebel (GII) and runner-up in the Santa Anita Derby (GI) in his most recent start, the Bob Baffert trainee arrived at Churchill Downs Monday afternoon from his home base in Southern California.

Tanma Corporation’s Chitu and Kaleem Shah’s Bayern, walked the shedrow a day after turning in half-mile works here.

WILDCAT RED (No. 9) – Honors Stable Corp.’s Wildcat Red was scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs early Tuesday afternoon after a flight from Florida.

The two-time graded stakes winner and runner-up in the Florida Derby (GI) in his most recent start is trained by Jose Garoffalo. Wildcat Red will be housed in Barn 21.

RIDE ON CURLIN (No. 11) – Daniel Dougherty’s Ride On Curlin, runner-up in the Arkansas Derby (GI) in his most recent start, galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Bryan Beccia.

Trained by Bill Gowan, Ride On Curlin is scheduled to breeze Saturday or Sunday, depending on weather, with jockey Calvin Borel up.

TAPITURE (No. 13) – Trainer Steve Asmussen said Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s Southwest (GIII) winner Tapiture walked in the shedrow and was doing well on the morning after his first work since his return to Churchill Downs last week.

The 3-year-old son of Tapit breezed five furlongs over a fast track in 1:02.80 on Monday. Ricardo Santana Jr. has the Kentucky Derby mount on Tapiture.

RING WEEKEND (No. 14) – West Point Thoroughbreds tweeted that Alan Garcia will ride Ring Weekend in Kentucky Derby 140.

Currently stabled at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland, Ring Weekend finished second in the Calder Derby on April 5 with Garcia aboard. Trained by Graham Motion, Ring Weekend is scheduled to work Friday at Fair Hill.

MEDAL COUNT (No. 16) – Spendthrift Farm’s Medal Count, runner-up in the Blue Grass (GI)  last out,  galloped  after  the  renovation  break  under  exercise  rider  Faustino Aguilar for  trainer  Dale Romans.

CANDY BOY (No. 17) – C R K Stable’s Robert B. Lewis (GII) winner Candy Boy walked the shedrow at Barn 43 on his first full day at Churchill Downs for trainer John Sadler.

Candy Boy arrived at Churchill Downs at 3:30 Monday afternoon from his base in Southern California.

Cesar Aguilar, assistant to Sadler, said Candy Boy would go to the track Wednesday.

COMMANDING CURVE (No. 21) – West Point Thoroughbreds’ Commanding Curve, third in the Louisiana Derby (GII) in his most recent start, galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Emerson Chavez for trainer Dallas Stewart.

Commanding Curve stands 21st on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard Presented by TwinSpires.com.

"We’re still just waiting,” Stewart said, “that’s all you can do. I think he’s right on par with (2013 Kentucky Derby runner-up) Golden Soul last year. I think he’s every bit as good and he’s been handling this track really well.”

PABLO DEL MONTE (No. 22) – Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor and Wesley Ward’s Pablo Del Monte, third in the Blue Grass Stakes last out, is scheduled to work Saturday or Sunday at Keeneland, according to Ward, who is also the colt’s trainer.

BIG BAZINGA (No. 25) – Derby Dreamers Racing Stable’s Big Bazinga galloped 1 ½ miles under Loren Diego after the morning renovation break.

Big Bazinga arrived at Churchill Downs Monday afternoon from Keeneland where he had remained since a fourth-place finish in the Blue Grass Stakes (GI).

Big Bazinga is trained by Katerina Vassilieva. According to Frank Bernis, agent for jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., the colt is scheduled to work Saturday with Hernandez up. Hernandez rode the colt in the Blue Grass.

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