AMERICAN LION – WinStar Farm’s American Lion, winner of the Illinois Derby (GIII) in his most recent start, completed the Keeneland segment of his Kentucky Derby preparations Tuesday morning by working five furlongs in 1:01.80 at the Lexington track.
Working solo and with James Graham up, American Lion posted fractions of :12.20, :24.60, :37.20, :49.40 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:15.
Trained by Eoin Harty, American Lion is scheduled to ship to Churchill Downs on Wednesday and will be housed in Barn 41.
AWESOME ACT – Mrs. Susan Roy and Vinery Stables’ Awesome Act worked six furlongs in company in 1:12.60 with jockey Julien Leparoux up after the morning renovation break at Churchill Downs.
Working in company with Peace Town, Awesome Act produced fractions of :12.60, :25, :36.80, :48.60, 1:02 and out seven furlongs in 1:26.80.
He went very well for his first work over the track and I was very happy with it,” Leparoux said. “They wanted to go in around 1:12, which he did. He handled the track well.”
Awesome Act broke off a couple of lengths behind Peace Town and tracked him to the stretch where he surged past at the eighth pole. Peace Town was timed in 1:13.80 for the distance.
Trainer Jeremy Noseda, still unable to get a flight out of England because of the volcanic ash spewing from Iceland, got an immediate update on the work from assistant Wayne Tanner.
“I told him I was happy with the breeze and he’s happy if I’m happy,” Tanner said. “He will probably come back and work three-eighths or a half-mile next Tuesday or Wednesday; just something to let him open up his lungs a little bit.”
BACKTALK – Gold Mark Farm’s Backtalk galloped 1 ½ miles under Maurice Sanchez before the renovation break. It was the first day back to the track for the Tom Amoss trainee who had worked five furlongs in 1:04 on Sunday.
CONVEYANCE/LOOKIN AT LUCKY – Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s reigning 2-year-old champion Lookin At Lucky, with Dana Barnes up, and Zabeel Racing International’s Conveyance, with Peter Hutton in the saddle, galloped after the morning renovation break.
The two Bob Baffert trainees are scheduled to work Wednesday morning.
DEAN’S KITTEN/STATELY VICTOR – Trainer Mike Maker sent his two Kentucky Derby hopefuls through routine gallops Tuesday morning at the nearby Trackside Training Center with exercise rider Marvin Jiminez handling the moves in the saddle.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Dean’s Kitten, winner of the Lane’s End (GII) in his most recent start on March 27, is scheduled for his final Kentucky Derby work on Saturday. Maker has not confirmed a rider for Dean’s Kitten.
Jack and Tom Conway’s Stately Victor, upset winner of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GI), also is scheduled to work Saturday. Alan Garcia has the Derby mount.
DUBLIN – Robert Baker and William Mack’s Dublin walked the shedrow at Barn 44 the morning after working a bullet five furlongs in :59.80 under jockey Terry Thompson.
EIGHTYFIVEINAFIFTY – Moirano Lerner and Team Stallion Racing’s Eightyfiveinafifty had an open gallop for the final half-mile of his morning exercise under Nick Santagata.
“He might have gone in :53 or :54 and too slow for the work tab,” Santagata said. “I kept him out in the middle of the track. If you put him down on the rail, he will go too fast.”
Eightyfiveinafifty, trained by Gary Contessa, is hoping to use Saturday’s $200,000-added The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (GIII) as a springboard into the Kentucky Derby the following Saturday.
Ramon Dominguez is scheduled to ride Eightyfiveinafifty in the Derby Trial, but has committed to ride Rule in the Kentucky Derby. That could create a dilemma for the Eightyfiveinafifty camp.
In Santagata, the connections already have a Derby connection.
“I rode in the ’90 Derby, Unbridled’s year,” Santagata said. “I rode a horse called Dr. Bobby A. who ran 12th.”
ENDORSEMENT – WinStar Farm’s Endorsement jogged a mile and galloped a mile under trainer Shannon Ritter shortly after the track opened for training at 5:45.
Ritter made a hasty getaway after the morning exercise to head east to Keeneland where the remainder of her stable is currently housed.
I’ve got three to work over there,” Ritter said.
HOMEBOYKRIS – Lazzinnaro, Bulger, Mandato, Diamond Pride, Tabraue and Sallusto’s Homeboykris arrived at Churchill Downs early Tuesday afternoon after a flight from South Florida.
trained by Rick Dutrow, who saddled Big Brown to win the 2008 Kentucky Derby, the Champagne (GI)-winning Homeboykris is housed in Barn 45.
ICE BOX/JACKSON BEND – Robert LaPenta’s Ice Box galloped after the morning renovation break under Dennis Chavez for trainer Nick Zito.
Zito’s other possible Kentucky Derby starter, Jacks or Better Farm and LaPenta’s Jackson Bend, galloped before the break under Carlos Correa.
LINE OF DAVID/SIDNEY’S CANDY – Ike and Dawn Thrash’s Line of David worked five furlongs in 1:02 under Lupillo Alferez after the renovation break.
Working on his own, the Arkansas Derby (GI) winner posted fractions of :12, :24.20, :36.60, :49.20 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:16.20.
He looked good. It was not particularly fast but I wanted something that was nice and smooth,” trainer John Sadler said. “He will come back and work again on Monday.”t
The trainer announced that Line of David would have a new rider in the Kentucky Derby. Rafael Bejarano will be aboard Sadler’s colt after Jon Court had piloted him to win the Arkansas Derby.
Sadler, whose lone previous Kentucky Derby starter was Corby, who finished sixth in 1993, has a second Derby candidate this year in the Sid and Jenny Craig Trust’s Sidney’s Candy, winner of the Santa Anita Derby (GI).
“I was nice and relaxed yesterday knowing my horses are doing so well,” Sadler said after Sidney’s Candy galloped after the renovation break with Alferez up. “I am going to try and enjoy this and have some fun.”
Sidney’s Candy, who worked five furlongs in :59.80 on April 17, is scheduled to work again “Saturday or Sunday, depending on the weather,” Sadler said.
MAKE MUSIC FOR ME – Ellen and Peter Johnson’s Make Music for Me, who worked a half-mile in :46.20 at Keeneland on Monday for the fastest of 17 works at the distance was scheduled to arrive from Lexington early Tuesday afternoon.
Trained by Alexis Barba, Make Music for Me is stabled in Barn 41, Stall 16.
NOBLE’S PROMISE – Chasing Dream Racing 2008 LLC’s Noble’s Promise threw in a dazzling work on Tuesday for trainer Ken McPeek as he completed five furlongs over a fast track in :59.80. But McPeek was still unwilling to fully commit to a run in the Kentucky Derby by the 3-year-old son of Cuvee, who is coming off a troubled fifth-place finish in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (GI) at Oaklawn Park and a treatment for a lung infection that was discovered after that race.
Noble’s Promise zipped five furlongs over a fast track in :59.80 in the company of stablemate Beautician, a 3-year-old filly who is being pointed toward a run in the Kentucky Oaks (GI) at Churchill Downs on Friday, April 30. The colt was reunited with jockey Willie Martinez, his rider last fall in a victory in the Breeders’ Futurity (GI) on synthetic Polytrack at Keeneland, as he covered the distance in fractional times of :11.80, :23.20, :35 and :47.20 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.40. Noble’s Promise drew off from his workmate in the stretch as Beautician was timed in :1:00.40 for work.
McPeek was happy with the work – which was fastest of __ at the distance – was almost fast for his liking. But he said the chances that Noble’s Promise would compete in Kentucky Derby 136 were better than his odds a week ago.
“I’d would say he’s 60-40 – last week I said he was 50-50,” McPeek said. “He just worked so dynamic. He looked so good, but we’ve still got some issues that we need to work through and need to make sure they’re behind us before we commit to going.”
McPeek said that Martinez would be in the saddle aboard Noble’s Promise if the colt makes the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May. 1.
"Willie is two-for-three on him and we’ve got good energy with Willie,” said McPeek. “I think Willie can get it done. He’s been, I think, a good journeyman rider for a long time. I could probably use a bigger name rider, but they won’t be nearly as passionate as Willie is about this house.”
PADDY O’PRADO – Donegal Racing’s Paddy O’Prado galloped over the “fast” Churchill Downs surface under exercise rider Faustino Aguilar as the Toyota Blue Grass (GI) runner-up continued to prepare for a run in the Kentucky Derby.
Louisville-born trainer Dale Romans said Paddy O’Prado is scheduled to work Saturday morning.
SUPER SAVER – WinStar Farm’s Super Saver, who will be ridden in Kentucky Derby 136 by Calvin Borel, galloped after the renovation break under Kevin Willey.
Borel, who won the Kentucky Derby last year on Mine That Bird, is seeking to become the fifth jockey to win back-to-back Derbies and first since Eddie Delahoussaye turned the trick in 1982 and ’83 on Gato Del Sol and Sunny’s Halo (CAN).
Borel, who also won the 2007 Kentucky Derby on Street Sense, would become the fifth jockey with three Kentucky Derby victories should Super Saver prevail next Saturday. Two jockeys (Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack) have won five and Bill Shoemaker won four.
Super Saver is one of five probable Kentucky Derby starters for trainer Todd Pletcher. The other four arrived early Tuesday afternoon on a flight from Florida’s Palm Meadows. That group included likely the likely Kentucky Derby favorite in Zayat Stables’ Eskendereya, E. Paul Robsham Stables’ Discreetly Mine, Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Mission Impazible and WinStar Farm’s Rule.