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Went the Day Well, Done Talking Breeze


By Dick Downey
Updated 12:13, 12:26 p.m. ET

Today at Keenelad, Went the Day Well breezed six furlongs in 1:14.45 in company with Crimson China. John Velazquez was aboard for the move.

Last week, Crimson China went five furlongs in 1:02.00, prompting Barry Irwin to say on Tuesday that he's "a lousy work horse" but a completely different type in the afternoons.

A video of the workout can be seen here. It was a gray, wet morning at Keeneland.

Fractions for the work were :13.07, :25.36, :37.39, :49.10 and 1:01.39. Went the Day Well galloped out seven furlongs in 1:28.04.

“It was a very good work, he went really well,” said Velazquez. “Graham wanted something between 1:14 and 1:15; he didn’t want to overdo it this morning. I asked him to do a little more at the wire because he was content to stay with the other horse. He worked well and very easy, and I know the mile and a quarter won’t hurt him at all.”

“He is not a flashy work horse; Animal Kingdom is,” trainer Graham Motion said. “This horse has a great attitude and he is still a little green, as he was looking around some today.”

Motion said he plans to ship Went the Day Well to Churchill Downs on Wednesday, train on Thursday and Friday and give the colt his final work on Saturday, weather permitting, with Velazquez up.

“I don’t know if he is not better on dirt. He’s a nice horse, an improving horse,” Motion said of Went the Day Well. “He has won on dirt, which Animal Kingdom didn’t. To be able to step up in three weeks and win the Spiral is a big step. I know he will be a longshot, but I feel good about running him in the Derby.”

At Laurel, Grade III Illinois Derby winner Done Talking worked four furlongs in :49.60 (24/68), breezing. He galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.60.

The move prompted his jockey, Sheldon Russell, to tweet, "Done Talking worked like a horse on a mission this morning!"

“I wanted him to go in 49 so it worked out almost perfectly,” trainer Hamilton Smith said. “He did it easy and came back to the barn bouncing. It was exactly what I was looking for. I am not worried too much about the time. We are going to more with him next week.”

“I was very happy with the breeze,” added Russell. “He is very smart. He doesn’t do too much in the morning, saving it all for the afternoon. It looks like he came back out of that race feeling good. Hammy has him peaking at the right time.”

Reveron, whose defection from the Derby due to a hairline fracture was reported earlier today, breezed a mile in 1:46.00 (1/1) at Calder. He came out of the workout with the injury.


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