AWESOME ACT – Mrs. Susan Roy and Vinery Stables’ Awesome Act galloped Sunday morning after the renovation break with assistant trainer Wayne Tanner up.
Tanner said that the winner of the Gotham (GIII) is slated for a Tuesday morning work of probably six furlongs in company, and Julien Leparoux could be aboard.
British-based trainer Jeremy Noseda will attempt to be at Churchill Downs for the work, but there is one major problem.
“There are no flights out of the U.K. right now because of the volcanic ash,” Tanner said. “He wants to be here and is hoping to fly out Monday afternoon, but as of this morning, there were no flights.”
BACKTALK – Gold Mark Farm’s Backtalk worked five furlongs in 1:04 with a final quarter-mile in :24.40 under Miguel Mena before the renovation break. It was the colt’s first work since a third-place finish in the Illinois Derby (GIII) on April 3.
“It was an easy five-eighths, which is what we wanted,” trainer Tom Amoss said. “Everything has been fine with him since the Illinois Derby, no problems at all. He will work again next Sunday, something a little more spirited at that time.”
Backtalk won the Bashford Manor (GIII) here last summer and then won the Sanford (GII) at Saratoga.
He closed out 2009 with an eighth-place finish in the Breeders’ Futurity (GI) at Keeneland.
The son of 2004 Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones made his 2010 debut in the Sportsman’s Paradise at Delta Downs and from there went to the Illinois Derby.
“He has been on schedule all along,” said Todd Quast, racing manager for Gold Mark which is owned by Paul Bulmahn. “The only miss was the 1:09 and 3 (six-furlong) work before the Illinois Derby.
“People wondered if the work took too much out of him and it did. He’s fine, We know what kind of horse he is.”
Backtalk has $225,916 in graded stakes earnings, but would need two defections from Derby hopefuls with more graded earnings to gain a spot in the starting gate May 1.
“It is just hard to believe that $225,000 may not get us in,” Quast said.
CONVEYANCE/LOOKIN AT LUCKY – Three-time Kentucky Derby-winner Bob Baffert’s duo of Kentucky Derby 136 contenders - Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s reigning 2-year-old champion Lookin At Lucky and Zabeel Racing International’s Southwest (GIII) winner Conveyance – galloped over a fast racing surface Sunday during the 15-minute training period devoted exclusively to horses bound for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks.
Both horses were ridden by exercise rider Dana Barnes.
Baffert said both Lookin At Lucky and Conveyance would work on Wednesday.
DEAN’S KITTEN / STATELY VICTOR – Trainer Mike Maker reported all was well Sunday morning with Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Dean’s Kitten after the homebred son of Kitten’s Joy worked five furlongs in :59.80 on Saturday at Trackside Training Center.
The Lane’s End (GII) winner is scheduled to work again next Saturday.
Maker’s other Kentucky Derby hopeful, Tom and Jack Conway’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GI) winner Stately Victor galloped at Trackside with Marvin Jiminez up. Stately Victor is scheduled to work Saturday.
DUBLIN – Robert Baker and William Mack’s Dublin galloped after the renovation break Sunday morning under exercise rider Arielle Witkowski.
Winner of the Hopeful (G1) last summer at Saratoga and most recently third in the Arkansas Derby (GI), Dublin is scheduled to work five furlongs after the renovation break Monday morning with Terry Thompson aboard for four-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
EIGHTYFIVEINAFIFTY – Moirano Lerner and Team Stallion Racing’s Eightyfiveinafifty galloped under Nick Santagata after the renovation break as he prepared for an outing Saturday in Churchill Downs’ $200,000-added The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (GIII).
Marcelo Arenas, assistant to trainer Gary Contessa, said Eightyfiveinafifty would work an easy half-mile Tuesday morning under Santagata.
Eightyfiveinafifty, winner of the Bay Shore (GIII) in his most start, has $120,000 in graded stakes earnings and a victory in The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial could vault him into a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate that is reserved for the top 20 graded stakes earners who pass the entry box.
ENDORSEMENT – WinStar Farm’s Endorsement, winner of the Sunland Park Derby (GIII) in his most recent start on March 28, arrived at Churchill Downs just before 1 p.m. Sunday from Keeneland.
“It was a good trip, no problems,” said trainer Shannon Ritter as Endorsement surveyed his new surroundings in Barn 19. Endorsement worked Saturday at Keeneland under Ritter in 1:01.60 for five furlongs in company. Ritter plans to work Endorsement here this coming Saturday.
Ritter said that Endorsement would return to the track to jog Monday morning.
Robby Albarado, who rode Endorsement for the first time in his Sunland Park victory, has the mount in the Kentucky Derby.
ICE BOX/JACKSON BEND – Robert LaPenta’s Florida Derby (GI) winner Ice Box jogged after the morning renovation break under exercise rider Dennis Chavez for trainer Nick Zito.
The son of Pulpit had worked a half-mile in :48.40 on Friday, sixth-best of 44 at the distance, and Zito said Ice Box may work again this coming Friday.
Jose Lezcano is scheduled to ride Ice Box in the Kentucky Derby.
Jacks or Better Farm and LaPenta’s Jackson Bend, who would need a defection from the list of Kentucky Derby hopefuls with more graded stakes earnings than his $230,000 to earn a spot in the starting gate, galloped under Carlos Correa. Mike Smith would have the Derby mount if Jackson Bend gets in the race.
LINE OF DAVID/SIDNEY’S CANDY – Half of the John Sadler-trained Kentucky Derby contingent was on the track Sunday morning as Ike and Dawn Thrash’s Line of David galloped a mile and a half shortly after the track opened under exercise rider Lupillo Alferez.
“This is the first day he acted like his old self,” said Sadler’s assistant Larry Benavidez as Line of David bounced off the track back to Barn 42 on a brisk morning before dawn. “That was a tough race in Arkansas.”
The “tough race” was the front-running neck victory in the Arkansas Derby (GI) that thrust the son of Lion Heart into the Kentucky Derby picture.
Benavidez said that Line of David is scheduled to work Tuesday morning. Sadler is scheduled to arrive in Louisville from his Southern California base on Monday.
Sidney’s Candy, winner of three consecutive graded stakes at Santa Anita highlighted by a 4 ½-length romp in the Santa Anita Derby (GI), walked the shedrow a day after working five furlongs in :59.80.
"He came out of the work fine and he will work again next Saturday,” Benavidez said of Sidney’s Candy, who is owned by the Sid and Jenny Craig Trust. Alferez worked Sidney’s Candy on Saturday. Jockey Joe Talamo is expected to be here next Saturday for the colt’s next work.
NOBLE’S PROMISE – Chasing Dreams Racing 2008’s Noble’s Promise galloped after the renovation break with exercise rider Walter Blum Jr. up.
Winner of the Breeders’ Futurity (GI) last fall at Keeneland, Noble’s Promise is scheduled to work Tuesday morning according to trainer Ken McPeek.
PADDY O’PRADO – Donegal Racing’s Paddy O’Prado, runner-up in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GI) last weekend, galloped Sunday morning after the renovation break under Faustino Aguilar.
“He will gallop every day this week and work five-eighths on Saturday,” trainer Dale Romans said.
SUPER SAVER – WinStar Farm’s Super Saver galloped early Sunday morning under exercise Kevin Willey.
Runaway winner of the Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) here last fall, Super Saver is one of five Kentucky Derby probables trained by Todd Pletcher.
Scheduled to arrive from Palm Meadows in Florida on Tuesday along with Pletcher are Zayat Stables’ Eskendereya, Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Mission Impazible, WinStar Farm’s Rule and E. Paul Robsham Stables’ Discreetly Mine. All members of the quartet worked five furlongs Saturday morning at Palm Meadows: Eskendereya (1:02.25), Mission Impazible (1:02.35), Rule (1:02.69) and Discreetly Mine (1:02.22).
Wertheimer and Frere’s Interactif, fourth in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (Grade I) in his most recent start, “is still on the fence” with regard to the Kentucky Derby according to Mike McCarthy, Pletcher’s assistant in charge of his Churchill Downs string.
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AGE OF HUMOR – Bluegrass Equine Center, Sky Chai Stable and Twin Creeks Farm’s Age of Humor, walked the shedrow at trainer Mike Maker’s barn at the Trackside Training Center after working five furlongs in :59.80 on Saturday.
Age of Humor is scheduled to work again next Saturday.
BEAUTICIAN – Peter Callahan’s Beautician galloped after the renovation break Sunday morning under exercise rider Marvin Obrego.
Trained by Ken McPeek, Beautician is scheduled to work Tuesday.
CRISP – Michael Talla’s Crisp, winner of the Santa Anita Oaks (GI) in her most recent start, walked the shedrow at Barn 42 on Sunday morning a day after working six furlongs in 1:15.20 under Lupillo Alferez.
Joel Rosario, who has ridden Crisp in her past three starts, is slated to ride the John Sadler trainee in the Kentucky Oaks.
IT’S TEA TIME – Alex Campbell Jr.’s It’s Tea Time, runner-up in the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (GI) in her most recent start, is scheduled to ship to Churchill Downs from Keeneland on Monday according to Jack Bohannan, assistant to trainer Rusty Arnold.
It’s Tea Time worked a half-mile in company in :49 at Keeneland on Friday.
JOANIE’S CATCH – Trainer Barry Rose said Sunday afternoon that the Rose Family Stable’s Joanie’s Catch would be headed to Churchill Downs next Monday, April 26, for a run in the Kentucky Oaks.
“That is what we are planning on,” Rose said. “She breezed yesterday at Calder (:51.60 for a half-mile) and I plan to work her again next Saturday. Paco Lopez will ride.”
JODY SLEW – Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan’s Jody Slew walked the shedrow at Barn 22 on Sunday morning. Trained by Bret Calhoun, Jody Slew worked a half-mile in :50 at Churchill Downs on Friday morning.
Dennis “Peaches” Geier, assistant to Calhoun, said Jody Slew would return to the track Monday morning and work again on Friday.
QUIET TEMPER / SASSY IMAGE – Trainer Dale Romans’ duo of Kentucky Oaks contenders – Quiet Temper and Sassy Image – galloped on Sunday morning at Churchill Downs, each with Javier Tapia in the saddle.
Mark Stanley’s Quiet Temper, winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII), figures to be one of the favorites for the Kentucky Oaks.
Jerry Romans’ Sassy Image, winner of the Golden Rod (GII) and Pocahontas (GIII) last fall at Churchill Downs, has more work to do to ensure a spot in the Kentucky Oaks starting gate. She has not raced since a poor effort in the Davona Dale (GII) at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 27 and a workout scheduled for Wednesday, April 20 could be the deciding factor on a possible Oaks bid for the daughter of Broken Vow.
SEEKING THE TITLE – Trainer Dallas Stewart said Charles Fipke’s Seeking the Title jogged Sunday under exercise rider Pedro Velez.
Stewart is hoping the daughter of Seeking the Gold, who finished in a dead-heat for third with Sheer Beauty in the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII), will make the Kentucky Oaks field. But Seeking the Title he remains on the outside-looking-in with only $21,000 in career earnings and is tied with Sheer Beauty for 21st on a list of 24 prospective Oaks starters.
The Kentucky Oaks is limited to 14 starters, with preference to fillies with the highest earnings in graded stakes races.
Stewart said he would likely look toward the Black-Eyed Susan (GII) at Pimlico for Seeking the Title’s next race if she does not make the Kentucky Oaks field.
SHEER BEAUTY – Trainer and co-owner Bernie Flint said the 3-year-old Mizzen Mast filly was doing well and had walked on the day after Saturday’s four-furlong work at Churchill Downs in :48.40.
Flint is pessimistic in regard to the chances that the winner of last fall’s Caresssing on the turf at Churchill Downs will be able to compete in the Kentucky Oaks because of her small amount of graded stakes earnings ($21,000). He has indicated the Eight Belles (GIII) at 7 ½- furlongs on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs could be his alternative if she does not make the Kentucky Oaks.
TIDAL POOL – Westrock Stables’ Tidal Pool jogged after the renovation break under Leeanne Bates for Hall of Fame trainer and four-time Kentucky Oaks winner D. Wayne Lukas.
TIZ CHROME FATALLY INJURED IN WORK FOR DERBY TRIAL – The Bob Baffert-trained Tiz Chrome, a highly regarded candidate for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) early in the year, was fatally injured in a training mishap at Churchill Downs on Sunday, April 18.
The 3-year-old son of Tiznow suffered a fatal fracture of the left front sesamoid during his final workout before a scheduled run in the $200,000-added The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (GII) on Saturday, April 24 at Churchill Downs.
Tiz Chrome, ridden by exercise rider Dana Barnes, was working in company with the Baffert-trained Underground, a 4-year-old filly who had Peter Hutton in the saddle, and the duo was heading into the far turn on the one-mile oval when the injury occurred and Tiz Chrome fell, sending Barnes tumbling to the track surface.
Barnes was not injured, but Tiz Chrome’s injury was so serious that the colt was euthanized minutes later.
The track was fast when the mishap occurred around 8:50 a.m. (all times ET), just after the new 15-mniute daily training session devoted exclusively to contenders for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (GI).
“He was at the five [furlong pole] and they were going easy, and she said when he switched leads, that's when he did it,” Baffert said. “He must have stepped wrong or something, that's all I can think. He was perfect going into the work. You can't really blame it on the track. It was just a bad step."
Owned by the Lanni Family Trust, Mercedes Stable LLC and Bernard Schiappa, Tiz Chrome was purchased following an impressive victory in his racing debut at Churchill Downs on Nov. 1 and sent to Baffert. He won the restricted Stuka Stakes at Hollywood Park in his debut for Baffert on Dec. 19 and finished fourth to Caracortado as the favorite in the Robert B. Lewis (GII) at Santa Anita on Feb. 13, his only race as a 3-year-old.
Tiz Chrome was so well-regarded that he was one of 23 individual wagering interests in Pool 1 of the 2010 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which was conducted Feb. 12-14. Baffert’s colt closed at odds of 37-1 in that betting pool.
He earned $67,850 in those two wins in three starts.