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Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®

Daily Derby Update for Sunday, April 22

4/22/2012

Dullahan gallops at Churchill Downs Sunday morning.
Reed Palmer Photography, Churchill Downs

Notes about Kentucky Derby contenders from Louisville.

BODEMEISTER – Bodemeister galloped 1 3/8 mile after the morning renovation break with exercise rider George Alvarez up.

Trainer Bob Baffert, seeking his fourth Kentucky Derby victory, is scheduled to arrive in Louisville on Monday night on the heels of the arrival of another possible Derby 138 starter, Liaison, owned by Arnold Zetcher.

Bodemeister is scheduled to have his initial Churchill Downs workout Tuesday morning.

Mike Smith, winner of the 2005 Derby on Giacomo, has the Derby Day assignment on Bodemeister.
 
DADDY NOSE BEST / SABERCAT – Daddy Nose Best, winner of this year’s Grade III El Camino Real Derby and Grade III Sunland Derby, galloped for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Daddy Nose Best is scheduled to work at Churchill Downs on Monday morning for trainer Steve Asmussen. The son of Scat Daddy will be on the track at approximately 6:00 a.m.

It will be the third work at Churchill Downs for Daddy Nose Best since he arrived via van from New Mexico on March 28. He breezed five furlongs in 1:02.40 on April 9 and recorded a bullet five-furlong work in 1:00.20 on April 16.

Daddy Nose Best has a career record of 4-2-1 from 10 lifetime starts and earnings of $633,623. In eight of his 10 starts he was ridden by Julien Leparoux, but Garrett Gomez will have the mount on the first Saturday in May. Gomez is seeking his first Derby victory in his ninth mount in the historic race. Leparoux stays with Union Rags.

Sabercat, third behind Bodemeister and Secret Circle in the Grade I Arkansas Derby, also galloped at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning prior to the renovation break for Asmussen.

Sabercat is scheduled to record his first work since the Arkansas Derby on Monday in the next set after Daddy Nose Best.

The Arkansas Derby was the second start of the year for Sabercat, who also ran in the Grade II Rebel and finished eighth. He ended his 2-year-old campaign with a four-length victory in the $1 million Grade III Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs.
 
DULLAHAN – Dullahan, the first horse since Round Table (1956-57) to complete a sweep of Keeneland’s Grade I Breeders’ Futurity-Grade I Toyota Blue Grass double, galloped 1 1/2 mile under Faustino Aguilar after the renovation break during the training period reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders.

A half-brother to Mine That Bird, Dullahan is scheduled to breeze at Churchill Downs on April 28.
 
HANSEN – Hansen galloped 1 1/4 mile at Trackside Training Center under exercise rider Joel Barrientos. Runner-up in the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass in his most recent start, Hansen is scheduled to have his final work for Derby 138 on Saturday or Sunday, according to trainer Mike Maker.
 
MARK VALESKI – Mark Valeski galloped 1 1/2 mile under trainer Larry Jones after the morning renovation break Sunday.

Runner-up in the Grade II Louisiana Derby and Grade II Risen Star in his past two starts, Mark Valeski is scheduled to work Monday morning at 8:30 -- after the renovation break during the time for only Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders. Rosie Napravnik, who has been aboard the colt in his past two starts, is scheduled to handle the work.
 
OPTIMIZER – Optimizer, trained by four-time Derby winner D. Wayne Lukas, galloped after the renovation break under Joel Cano. Optimizer finished a late-closing second in the Grade II Rebel on Match 17, but he disappointed when finishing ninth of 11 in the Arkansas Derby.
 
PROSPECTIVE – Prospective, winner of the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby on March 10 and most recently sixth in the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass at Keeneland, had a scheduled day away from the track and walked the shedrow of trainer Mark Casse’s barn. The 3-year-old son of Malibu Moon is scheduled to return to the Churchill Downs track on Monday to gallop during the special Derby-Oaks training period.

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