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ARIENZA – Robert and Lawana Low’s Arienza galloped early Monday morning over a sloppy track under exercise rider Eva Jansson.
Trainer Danny Peitz also is considering the $100,000 Eight Belles Presented by ACS (GIII) on May 6 for Arienza.
“We’re here,” Peitz said of the Oaks. “We’ll see how she trains and see how everybody else is doing and see how things take shape.”
ARCHARCHARCH – With jockey Jon Court up, Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Archarcharch galloped a mile and a half over a sloppy track after the morning renovation break Monday at Churchill Downs.
Owned by Robert Yagos, Archarcharch arrived back at Churchill Downs last Tuesday following his victory at Oaklawn Park. Trainer Jinks Fires plans to give the son of Arch one work prior to Kentucky Derby 137.
ARIENZA – Robert and Lawana Low’s regally bred Arienza galloped a mile before the renovation break under exercise rider Eva Jansson for trainer Dan Peitz.
Peitz, who also is considering the $100,000 Eight Belles (GIII) to be run May 6 for Arienza, said the daughter of 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri by Giant’s Causeway probably would work again on Friday. Arienza worked a half-mile in :49.40 here last Friday.
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ARCHARCHARCH – Robert Yagos’ Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Archarcharch walked the shedrow at Barn 40 under tack on a rainy Sunday morning.
Archarcharch, who made his racing debut here last fall with a troubled second-place finish going seven furlongs, is trained by Jinks Fires and will be ridden in Kentucky Derby 137 by regular pilot Jon Court. It will mark the first Kentucky Derby start for Fires and Court.
The Blood-Horse reported Sunday that Norfolk (G1) winner JAYCITO (Victory Gallop), whose road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) has been compromised by a hoof bruise, will be forced to miss the 137th Run for the Roses.
A distant runner-up to the sidelined Premier Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus) in the March 12 San Felipe S. (G2) in his reappearance, Jaycito developed the hoof bruise a couple of weeks later. Although the Bob Baffert trainee was able to record a six-furlong work in 1:13 2/5 at Santa Anita on April 2, he exited the drill with tenderness in the foot.
Two fillies likely to be among the top betting choices for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (GI) -- E. Paul Robsham’s R Heat Lightning, winner of the Gulfstream Oaks (GII) and the likely Kentucky Oaks favorite, and Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stables’ Golden Rod (GII) and Rachel Alexandra (GIII) winner Kathmanblu – braved a steady rain and sloppy track conditions just after the track maintenance break for Saturday workouts at Churchill Downs.
In keeping with the twists and turns of the Kentucky Derby (G1) trail this spring, Saturday's $200,000 Lexington S. (G3) at Keeneland served up another upset, as Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred DERBY KITTEN (Kitten's Joy) surged past the entire field to win going away by 1 1/2 lengths. Making his first start on a synthetic surface, the turf colt produced a strong stretch kick for Julien Leparoux and returned $20.40, $6.60 and $3.60 at odds of 9-1.
With a furlong to go in Saturday's $150,000 Jerome S. (G2) at Aqueduct, ADIOS CHARLIE (Indian Charlie) looked destined to fill the runner-up slot as Justin Phillip (First Samurai) had made a sweeping move to the lead off the turn and forged ahead by a length. No sooner had that thought crossed the minds of most objective observers than Justin Phillip began to shorten stride despite being under strong urging from Ramon Dominguez.
A strong five-furlong work over a sloppy Churchill Downs track by Michael Lauffer and W.D. Cubbedge’s Shackleford on Saturday reinforced trainer Dale Romans’ belief that his colt is a strong contender to win the 137th running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 7.
All Romans has to do is find a way to get the 3-year-old son of Forestry into the Derby 137 starting gate.
Trainer Jeff Bonde wasted little time in getting a serious training move at Churchill Downs into Edward Brown Jr., Victor Flores and Henry Hernandez’s Kentucky Derby 137 (Grade I) contender and Sunland Park Derby (GIII) winner Twice the Appeal.