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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.
Jill Byrne talks about the task of packing and moving a barn, and its occupants, as well as what it takes to look your best on the backside
Following a disappointing eighth-place effort in Saturday's Blue Grass (G1), AIKENITE (Yes It's True) will run back in the $200,000 The Cliff's Edge Derby Trial S. (G3) at Churchill Downs on April 24, Dogwood's President Cot Campbell announced Wednesday. The Kentucky Derby (G1) had already been ruled out for the multiple Grade 1-placed colt.
Two 3-year-old Thoroughbreds considered major contenders for the 136th running of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) were among a group of Derby hopefuls that arrived on Tuesday, April 13 at Churchill Downs.
A pair of candidates for the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) – Beautician and Tidal Pool – turned in workouts Tuesday, April 13 at Churchill Downs, where America’s premiere race for 3-year-old fillies will be run on Friday, April 30.
Trainer Ken McPeek said Noble’s Promise, a disappointing fifth behind Line of David in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (GI) at Oaklawn Park, is doing well and will ship to Churchill Downs Wednesday morning with a possible run in Kentucky Derby 136 in mind.