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Disappointed just a week earlier when their 3-1 favorite Interactif (Broken Vow) could only finish fourth in the Blue Grass S. (G1), owner-breeder Wertheimer and Frere and trainer Todd Pletcher enjoyed a consolation prize of sorts in Saturday's $300,000 Lexington S. (G2), as their colt EXHI (Maria's Mon) lead gate-to-wire over 11 rivals on a track that has played kindly toward speed for most of the spring meet. Dismissed at nearly 20-1 despite a near front-running triumph in the March 27 Rushaway S.
Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out four of his Kentucky Derby (G1) hopefuls for works at Palm Meadows on Saturday, led by presumptive Derby favorite ESKENDEREYA (Giant's Causeway). In his first work since his smashing victory in the April 3 Wood Memorial S. (G1), Eskendereya breezed five furlongs in 1:02 on the fast track.
Pletcher had tentatively scheduled the Zayat Stable colt to work Sunday morning before boarding a plane Tuesday for the flight to Louisville, Kentucky, but the forecast for possible heavy rain caused the trainer to call an audible and move the work up to Saturday.
Santa Anita Derby winner Sidney's Candy Has First Churchill Work ... Maker's Derby-Oaks Duo of Dean's Kitten, Age of Humor Have Rare Team Work at Trackside
SANTA ANITA DERBY WINNER SIDNEY’S CANDY HAS FIRST WORK OVER DERBY COURSE, OAKS HOPE CRISP BREEZES – The Sid and Jenny Craig Trust’s Sidney’s Candy, whose romp in the Santa Anita Derby (GI) was the most recent of three straight graded stakes victories, turned heads Saturday morning at Churchill Downs with a strong five furlong work – the colt’s first serious training move since he arrived at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Tuesday.
Zito's Ice Box Works Four Furlongs ... Awesome Act, Eightyfiveinafifty Arrive ... Quiet Temper Sharp in Oaks Work
FLORIDA DERBY WINNER ICE BOX BREEZES FOR ZITO – Robert LaPenta’s Ice Box, winner of the Florida Derby (Grade I), tuned up for his run in the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) with a solid four-furlong workout on Friday, April 16 at Churchill Downs.
Jill Byrne analyzes the upcoming Kentucky Derby prep race
Baffert's Lookin At Lucky, Conveyance Work; Jackson Bend Sizzles; Churchill Sets Special Derby, Oaks Training Session
LOOKIN AT LUCKY, CONVEYANCE WORK FOR BAFFERT – Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert wasted no time in getting some serious work at Churchill Downs for Lookin At Lucky and Conveyance, his duo of contenders for the Kentucky Derby Preseneted by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 1.
The colts arrived at the historic track from southern California late Tuesday afternoon, galloped on Wednesday and surprised onlookers with workouts on Thursday.
The untimely death of veteran trainer Alan Seewald will have many rooting for UPTOWNCHARLYBROWN (Limehouse) in Saturday's $300,000 Lexington S. (G2) at Keeneland, and the chestnut colt could find a guardian angel guiding him all the way to the winner's circle.
AMERICAN LION (Tiznow), in his first work since winning the Illinois Derby (G3) on April 3, drilled a half-mile in :46 4/5 on Wednesday morning at Keeneland over Polytrack.
With jockey James Graham up, American Lion broke off at the 4 1/2-furlong pole and reeled off fractions of :11 3/5, :22 4/5, :34 3/5 and out five furlongs in 1:00 2/5, according to Keeneland clockers. The move was the best of 15 at the distance.
"He worked good. He went a little faster than expected, but he did it so easily," trainer Eoin Harty said.