All Major Work Complete
By Dick Downey
The final four workouts for the Kentucky Derby were completed Monday at Churchill Downs, and from now on the horses will walk, jog and gallop up to the race.
After overnight rain, the track was sloppy before the renovation break. Trainer Steve Asmussen chose that time to send out Untrapped and Lookin at Lee, and both breezed solo and in moderate times typical for the stable.
Untrapped was timed by Churchill Downs clockers going four furlongs in 50.40, with splits of 12.60, 25.20 and 37.60. He galloped out five furlongs in 1:03.80.
Lookin At Lee also went four furlongs and was timed in 50.20 with fractions of 12.80, 25.40 and 37.80, out five furlongs in 1:03.60
After the renovation break, the sun came out at Churchill Downs, a rarity during the mornings the past several days. The renovated track was rated good.
Asmussen soon sent out his third Kentucky Derby horse, Hence, who picked up the pace at bit, timed at the same distance in 48.80. His splits were 24.40 and 36.60, and he was out five furlongs in 1:01.80.
Capping off the day of Kentucky Derby workouts was Sonneteer, trained by Keith Desormeaux. The plan was for Kent Desormeaux to handle the move, but the jockey didn't make it to Louisville. Corey Lanerie, who will ride Lookin at Lee in the Derby, filled in, and Sonneteer went four furlongs in 47.00, breezing, with fractions of 11.80, 23.20 and 35.20. He galloped out five furlongs in 59.60 and six in 1:13.60.