ANIMAL KINGDOM – Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs from Keeneland on Thursday afternoon.
Animal Kingdom will stabled in Barn 22 and is scheduled to work Saturday for trainer Graham Motion.
Motion also trains Wood Memorial (GI) winner Toby’s Corner, who is scheduled to work Sunday at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland and ship to Churchill Downs on Monday.
Robby Albarado has the Derby mount on Animal Kingdom and Eddie Castro on Toby’s Corner.
ARCHARCHARCH – Robert Yagos’ Archarcharch galloped in company on Thursday over a track labeled as “fast” after the renovation break, and is set to have a workmate for a scheduled five-furlong work after Friday’s renovation break.
“He will work in company with Supreme Ruler,” trainer Jinks Fires said of the Arkansas Derby (GI) winner.
Jockey Jon Court, who has been aboard Archarcharch in all six of his starts, will be aboard for the work as well as the ride in Kentucky Derby 137.
BRILLIANT SPEED – The Live Oak Plantation’s Brilliant Speed, winner of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GI) on April 16 at Keeneland, is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Friday.
Brilliant Speed, trained by Tom Albertrani, is scheduled train over the synthetic Polytrack surface at Keeneland on Friday morning and the son of Dynaformer will make the trip from the Lexington track to Churchill Downs during the afternoon.
DECISIVE MOMENT – Just for Fun Stable’s Decisive Moment galloped a mile and a quarter after the renovation break with trainer Juan Arias up.
Decisive Moment arrived at Churchill Downs on March 28, has been at the track longer than any Kentucky Derby candidate. He is scheduled to work Friday after the break with Jesus Castanon up. It will be Decisive Moment’s second local work following a “bullet” half-mile in the mud in :47.40 on April 17.
Kerwin Clark, has the Derby riding assignment.
MIDNIGHT INTERLUDE – Arnold Zetcher’s Midnight Interlude, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby (GI), jogged one mile under exercise rider Dana Barnes in his first trip to the track since a six-furlong work on Tuesday.
Trainer Bob Baffert said the son of War Chant continues to do well and would gallop on Friday.
Victor Espinoza, who rode War Emblem to victory in the 2002 Kentucky Derby for Baffert, will ride Midnight Interlude in the Kentucky Derby.
MUCHO MACHO MAN – Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team One Racing Stable’s Mucho Macho Man galloped two miles after the renovation break under exercise rider Mike Herra.
Trainer Kathy Ritvo said the winner of the Risen Star (GII) would work Saturday or Sunday depending on the weather. Rajiv Maragh is scheduled to ride Mucho Macho Man in the Derby.
NEHRO – Zayat Stables’ Nehro, the Steve Asmussen-trained runner-up in the Arkansas Derby (GI) and the Louisiana Derby (GII), stood in the Churchill Downs starting gate and then galloped a mile under regular exercise partner Carlos Rosas.
“He’s doing well,” said assistant Scott Blasi. “He’s enjoying eating this Churchill Downs grass out there by Longfield Avenue.”
Corey Nakatani is scheduled to ride Nehro in Kentucky Derby 137.
PANTS ON FIRE – George and Lori Hall’s Louisiana Derby (GII) winner Pants On Fire galloped a little more than a mile and a half under exercise rider Juan Pizarro after the renovation break.
Trainer Kelly Breen plans to work the Louisiana Derby (GII) winner either Saturday or Sunday. Rosie Napravnik has the Derby mount.
SANTIVA – Tom Walters’ Santiva, winner of the Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) here last fall in his only Churchill Downs start, galloped before the renovation break under Brendan Walsh, assistant to trainer Eddie Kenneally.
Shaun Bridgmohan has the mount on Santiva in the Derby.
SHACKLEFORD – Michael Lauffer and W.D. Cubbedge’s Shackleford galloped a mile and a half after the renovation break under Faustino Ramos.
Jesus Castanon is scheduled for his initial Kentucky Derby ride on Shackleford, who is scheduled to work Saturday for trainer Dale Romans.
STAY THIRSTY/UNCLE MO – Trainer Todd Pletcher’s two hopefuls for Kentucky Derby 137 galloped a mile and a half each after the renovation break.
Owned by Repole Stable, Uncle Mo returned to the track under Hector Ramos for the first time since working five furlongs in company in 1:01.80 early Tuesday morning. The 2010 Eclipse Award winner as champion 2-year-old and winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) here last fall is scheduled to work again Sunday or Monday.
Stay Thirsty, winner of the Gotham (GIII) in his 2011 debut, was partnered by Fernando Espinoza. Stay Thirsty is scheduled to work Sunday.
John Velazquez has the Derby assignment on Uncle Mo and Ramon Dominguez is slated to Stay Thirsty.
TWICE THE APPEAL/SWAY AWAY – Edward Brown Jr., Victor Flores and Henry Hernandez’s Sunland Derby (GIII) winner Twice the Appeal galloped a mile and a half before the renovation break under exercise rider Nate Quinonez.
Miguel Carranza, assistant to trainer Jeff Bonde, said Twice the Appeal would work Friday or Saturday with three-time Derby winning rider Calvin Borel scheduled to be aboard for the move. Borel will ride the Sunland Derby (GIII) winner in Derby 137.
Bonde’s other Kentucky Derby hopeful, Batman Stable, Philip Lebherz, Cindy Olsen, Janet Sharp and Glen Wallace et al’s Sway Away galloped the same distance after the break under Quinonez.
With $111,500 in graded stakes earnings, Sway Away would need several defections of horses with more graded earnings pointing to the Derby to make the field that is limited to 20 starters. Carranza had said earlier in the week that if Sway Away does not make the Derby field, the Preakness would be the next target.
TWINSPIRED – Alpha Stables, Skychai Racing and Sand Dollar Stable’s Twinspired, runner-up in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GI) in his most recent start, galloped a mile and a half at the Trackside Training Center under exercise rider Derrick Smith.
Trainer Mike Maker plans to work the Harlan’s Holiday colt on Saturday at Trackside and then bring Twinspired to Churchill Downs on Tuesday.
Mike Smith has the riding assignment in the Derby.
WATCH ME GO – Gilbert Campbell’s Watch Me Go made his first visit to the track at Churchill Downs on Thursday morning, galloping a mile and a half under exercise rider Louie Feliciano after the renovation break.
Watch Me Go arrived from Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday afternoon. Trainer Kathleen O’Connell is scheduled to arrive in Louisville Friday night with a work scheduled for Saturday or Sunday.
Luis Garcia, who has ridden Watch Me Go in his past five starts that include a victory in the Tampa Bay Derby (GII), has the call in Derby 137.