UNTAPABLE (No. 1) – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable galloped before 6:30 over a fast track Thursday morning at Churchill Downs with exercise rider Angel Garcia aboard in preparation for next Friday’s Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI).
CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – Steven Coburn and Perry Martin’s California Chrome is scheduled to work Saturday at Los Alamitos.
Trained by Art Sherman, California Chrome is scheduled to ship to Louisville on Monday and be ridden in Kentucky Derby 140 by Victor Espinoza.
The field for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby is still not set, with a trio of recent defections opening spots for Uncle Sigh, Vinceremos and Harry's Holiday. Attrition always plays a part in the build-up and more than a handful of three-year-olds remain outside the bubble waiting for a spot to materialize.
Although a run for Social Inclusion in the May 3 Kentucky Derby is still a possibility, the connections of the late-developing colt have decided to focus on the Preakness Stakes, the middle leg of the Triple Crown on May 17 at Pimlico, as their goal.
UNTAPABLE (No. 1) – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable visited the starting gate and then galloped Wednesday morning under Angel Garcia at Churchill Downs in preparation for the May 2 $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI).
Untapable is trained by Steve Asmussen, who saddled Summerly to win the 2005 Oaks. Rosie Napravnik, who won the 2012 Kentucky Oaks on Believe You Can, has the mount on Untapable.
VICAR’S IN TROUBLE (No. 2)/GENERAL A ROD (No. 15)/HARRY’S HOLIDAY (No. 20) – J. Armando Rodriguez’s General a Rod recorded his first official work at Churchill Downs in preparation for Kentucky Derby 140, covering five furlongs in 1:03.40 with splits of :13, :26.20, 39 and out six furlongs in 1:17.60 with exercise rider Joel Barrientos up for trainer Mike Maker.
Curtis Green’s Spot, winner of the Swale Stakes (Grade II) and the Bob Baffert-trained duo of Tanma Corporation’s Chitu and Kaleem Shah’s Bayern headline a field of 10 horses entered Wednesday for the 90th running of the $150,000-added Derby Trial (GIII) on Saturday’s Opening Night Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka at Churchill Downs.
By Gary West, special to KentuckyDerby.com
Over the next 10 days or so, much will be written extolling the virtues of California Chrome. His virtues are as conspicuous as they are numerous. He’s professional and smart; most of all, he’s fast. And he just keeps running. He deserves the praise, the plaudits and the acclaim. In this run-up to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, he has given not only the best performance of any 3-year-old but arguably the best two performances.
UNTAPABLE (No. 1)/EUPHROSYNE – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable, winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) and Silverbulletday (GIII) at Fair Grounds, returned to the track on Tuesday and galloped 1 1/8 miles over a fast surface under exercise rider Angel Garcia.The Steve Asmussen-trained daughter of Tapit worked five furlongs on Sunday under jockey Rosie Napravnik, who will ride Untapable in the Longines Kentucky Oaks. She walked under Asmussen’s shedrow on Monday.
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.
UNTAPABLE (No. 1)/ EUPHROSYNE (No. 8) – Gillian S. Campbell, Ralph Staver, Shelly Staver, Dan Clark and Greg Skoda’s Euphrosyne, listed as “possible” for the Longines Kentucky Oaks, breezed five furlongs in the company of a workmate in 1:02.20 Monday morning. Abel Flores was aboard the daughter of Harlan’s Holiday, who covered the distance in fractional splits of :13, :25.80 and :38 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:16.
Euphrosyne was on the track with Asmussen’s first set of horses.
Untapable, who had worked five furlongs on Sunday, walked on Monday.
VICAR'S IN TROUBLE (No. 2) / GENERAL A ROD (No. 15) / HARRY'S HOLIDAY (No. 20) – Trainer Mike Maker reported Monday morning that his trio of Kentucky Derby possibilities “were doing just fine” at the nearby Trackside Training Center.
Corey Nakatani will seek his first Kentucky Derby victory in his 17th attempt when he rides Blue Grass winner Dance With Fate in the Run for the Roses on May 3 at Churchill Downs.
Grade 2 hero Wildcat Red completed the Florida portion of his preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby on May 3 by working a half-mile in :48 3/5 over Gulfstream Park's fast main track on Sunday.
UNTAPABLE (No. 1) – Winchell Thoroughbred LLC’s Untapable, winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) and Rachel Alexandra (GIII) at Fair Grounds, tuned up for her scheduled run in the Longines Kentucky Oaks with a sharp five-furlong work at Churchill Downs under jockey Rosie Napravnik.
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.
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey thought about running Mr Speaker in the April 12 Blue Grass at Keeneland, but decided to pass the hurly-burly of a big field in that major Kentucky Derby prep, and instead opted for Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Lexington Stakes over the same track. Judging by how the Phipps Stable homebred stormed four lengths clear in his first attempt on synthetic, it's worth wondering how he might have fared one week ago.
Santa Anita Derby winner California Chrome took another step closer to the Kentucky Derby on May 3 when he worked four furlongs at his Los Alamitos headquarters Saturday morning in :47 4/5 under regular rider Victor Espinoza.
Cairo Prince has sustained an ankle injury that will rule him out of the May 3 Kentucky Derby, Daily Racing Form's David Grening reported via Twitter.