AMERICAN LION – WinStar Farm’s American Lion, winner of the Illinois Derby (GIII) in his most recent start, is scheduled to ship to Churchill Downs from Keeneland on Wednesday.
The Eoin Harty trainee is expected to work at Keeneland before he moves on to Churchill Downs, where he will be housed in Barn 41. David Flores is slated to ride American Lion in the Kentucky Derby.
AWESOME ACT – Mrs. Susan Roy and Vinery Stables’ Awesome Act galloped Monday morning over a fast track at Churchill Downs after the renovation break with assistant trainer Wayne Tanner in the saddle.
Awesome Act is scheduled to work Tuesday morning after the break with jockey Julien Leparoux, who rode the British-based colt to his win in the Gotham, expected to be aboard for the move.
BACKTALK – Gold Mark Farm’s Backtalk walked the shedrow at trainer Tom Amoss’ barn a morning after working five furlongs on Sunday in 1:04 under Miguel Mena.
Mena would have the Kentucky Derby mount if Backtalk gets in the race.
CONVEYANCE/LOOKIN AT LUCKY – Trainer Bob Baffert’s two Kentucky Derby hopefuls, Lookin At Lucky and Conveyance, galloped after the renovation break Monday morning.
Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s reigning 2-year-old champion Lookin At Lucky was ridden by Dana Barnes while Zabeel Racing International’s Southwest (GIII) winner Conveyance had Peter Hutton in the saddle.
Both colts are scheduled to work Wednesday morning.
DEAN’S KITTEN/STATELY VICTOR – Trainer Mike Maker’s two Kentucky Derby hopefuls went through their morning paces at Trackside Training Center under exercise rider Marvin Jiminez.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Dean’s Kitten, winner of the Lane’s End (GII), jogged and is scheduled for his final pre-Kentucky work on Saturday. No rider has been confirmed for Dean’s Kitten.
Jack and Tom Conway’s Stately Victor galloped and also is scheduled for a Saturday work. Alan Garcia, whose first ride aboard Stately Victor resulted in a 40-1 victory in Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GI), has the riding call in the Kentucky Derby.
DUBLIN – Robert Baker and William Mack’s Dublin worked a bullet five furlongs in :59.20 after the renovation break Monday morning with jockey Terry Thompson up.
Working in company with Buzzin and Dreamin, Dublin broke off about a length and a half behind his workmate, passed Buzzin and Dreamin on the far turn and finished 13-14 lengths ahead at the wire. Clockers caught Dublin in fractions of :11.80, :23.20, :35.20, :47.20 with a six-furlong gallop out time of 1:13.20.
“I’m going to need a faster rabbit,” four-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas said after the work. “I thought it was an excellent work. I liked the way he did it. It was a little quick. It is hard to say it was in company; it was almost a solo work.
“The first work here, it is the energy that you want to see and I saw that today. I think he really fits. I like him as well as any of them I’ve had.”
Thompson, who never has ridden in the Kentucky Derby, liked the work.
“We were shooting for :59,” Thompson said. “He passed his company early. We were hoping to get to the head of the stretch, but Dublin passed him early and I let him go on so we could get close to what Wayne wanted.”
Thompson almost had a Kentucky Derby start in 2003.
“I was 24 hours from the gate,” said Thompson, who had won the Arkansas Derby on Sir Cherokee. “It was probably the biggest low for me to hear that he hurt his leg (fractured right hind). I went from the biggest high to the biggest low.”
Thompson rode Dublin to a runner-up finish in the Southwest (GIII) in February and a third-place finish in the Arkansas Derby (GI).
“I think Terry is riding as well as anybody in the nation right now and he has great chemistry with the horse,” Lukas said. “We had made a change of riders, but it didn’t work and we had the sense to switch back. If it wasn’t broken, it shouldn’t have been fixed.”
EIGHTYFIVEINAFIFTY– Moirano Lerner and Team Stallion Racing’s Eightyfiveinafifty galloped after the renovation break under Nick Santagata.
The Bay Shore (GIII) winner, who is hoping to use Saturday’s $200,000-added The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (GIII) as a springboard to a Kentucky Derby start, is scheduled to breeze an easy half-mile on Tuesday.
ENDORSEMENT – WinStar Farm’s Endorsement jogged two miles under trainer Shannon Ritter early Monday morning.
Endorsement, who arrived at Churchill Downs on Sunday afternoon, accomplished his morning exercise outfitted in blinkers.
“We put the blinkers on him this winter in New Orleans,” Ritter said. “He would go along fine and then see something, so now it is just part of his routine. Why change now?”
Endorsement is scheduled to work Sunday.
ICE BOX/JACKSON BEND – Robert LaPenta’s Ice Box, winner of the Florida Derby (GI) in his most recent start, galloped after the renovation break Monday morning under Dennis Chavez.
Wood Memorial (GI) and Fountain of Youth (GII) runner-up Jackson Bend galloped before the break under Carlos Correa.
HOMEBOYKRIS – Champagne Stakes (GI) winner Homeboykris is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs about noon on Tuesday for an anticipated start in the Kentucky Derby.
Trained by Rick Dutrow, who won the 2008 Kentucky Derby with Big Brown, Homeboykris, runner-up to Radiohead in a one-mile allowance race at Gulfstream Park in his only race of the year, will be housed in Barn 45.
LINE OF DAVID/SIDNEY’S CANDY – Trainer John Sadler liked what he saw from his two Kentucky Derby hopefuls Monday morning after their training activities.
The Sid and Jenny Craig Trust’s Sidney’s Candy jogged with a pony shortly after the track opened at 5:45. Exercise rider Lupillo Alferez was aboard.
Alferez brought Ike and Dawn Thrash’s Line of David out after the renovation break to gallop.
“He’s ready to work,” Sadler said as the Arkansas Derby (GI) winner came off the track. “He’ll work five-eighths in the morning and Lupillo will be on him.”
Sadler, who arrived in Louisville last night from his home base in Southern California, said he could stay in Louisville through the Derby.
“We’ve got Hurricane Ike for the Derby Trial on Saturday and Sidney’s Candy works that morning,” Sadler said. “I might go back for a couple of days, but I could be here for the duration.”
MAKE MUSIC FOR ME – Ellen and Peter Johnson’s Make Music for Me, sixth in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GI) in his most recent start, is scheduled to arrive from Keeneland on Tuesday.
The Alexis Barba trainee, who would need several defections from the list of horses pointing to the Kentucky Derby to make the field, will be housed in Barn 41, Stall 16. If Make Music for Me does not make the Derby field, he most likely would run in the April 30 American Turf (GII).
NOBLE’S PROMISE – Chasing Dreams Racing 2008’s Noble’s Promise galloped after the renovation break under Walter Blum Jr.
Trainer Ken McPeek plans to work Noble’s Promise in the morning after the break with Willie Martinez slated to be in the saddle. Martinez rode Noble’s Promise three times last year, highlighted by a victory in the Breeders’ Futurity (GI) at Keeneland.
PADDY O’PRADO – Donegal Racing’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GI) runner-up Paddy O’Prado galloped after the renovation break under Faustino Aquilar.
Trainer Dale Romans plans to work Paddy O’Prado on Saturday.
SUPER SAVER – WinStar Farm’s Super Saver galloped after the renovation break under Kevin Willey.
Super Saver is one of at least five probable Kentucky Derby starters for trainer Todd Pletcher. The remainder of his contingent is set to arrive about noon on Tuesday from Palm Meadows: Eskendereya, Discreetly Mine, Mission Impazible and Rule.