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Swift Warrior Move Delayed; Other Blue Grass News


Heavy rain this morning led to a decision not to work Swift Warrior. Brilliant Speed arrived in Lexington, and it looks like Wilkinson is ready to go in the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass.

“I’m not working,” Terranova said as rain cascaded off the roof of Barn 38. “He will be lucky to leave the barn. This stuff is supposed to blow out of here this afternoon and be beautiful tomorrow. He’ll work a half-mile.”

Brilliant Speed arrived at Keeneland and settled into Barn 19 at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday. Trained by Tom Albertrani, Brilliant Speed worked a half-mile in :51.00 at Palm Meadows yesterday. Albertrani’s other Toyota Blue Grass hopeful, King Congie, came out of his 1:00.60 work on Monday morning in good order, according to Dan Blacker, assistant to Albertrani.

Crimson China galloped a mile and a half under exercise rider Leo Molina.

Willcox Inn walked the shedrow at Barn 2 under tack.

Trainer Mike Maker said that Orlando Bocachica would have the mount on Joes Blazing Aaron in the Blue Grass. Bocachica, a 29-year-old native of Puerto Rico, never has ridden at Keeneland. He has ridden Joes Blazing Aaron twice, both resulting in victories in the gelding’s previous two starts.

Wilkinson came out of yesterday's five-furlong breeze in 1:01.20 at Churchill Downs fine.

“I was more than satisfied with his work,” trainer Neil Howard said. “He is likely to run Saturday. He has run on Polytrack before (second in his first start last fall at Keeneland), and I am not that concerned about not working him on it because he handled it well.”

--Edited from track notes

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