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Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®

Daily Derby Update for Tuesday, April 24


BODEMEISTER / LIAISON – Bodemeister, working in company with stablemate and Kentucky Oaks candidate Jemima’s Pearl, worked five furlongs in 1:00.80, the third fastest of 23 at the distance on a clear, brisk Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs.
Working after the morning renovation break in the time reserved for Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders, Jemima’s Pearl started about four lengths in front under Shaun Bridgmohan for the drill that began at the 4 ½-furlong pole. Bodemeister, with Martin Garcia up, halved the margin by the quarter pole and the two finished on even terms at the 7 1/2-furlong pole.

Fractions for Bodemeister were :12.80, :25, :36.80, :48.80 with a six-furlong gallop-out time of 1:13.

“I liked the way he went this morning,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “He likes this track. He just skipped over it. He is very fluid when he picks it up and just floats over the ground.”

Mike Smith, who was aboard Bodemeister for his 9 1/2-length romp in the Arkansas Derby, has the Kentucky Derby riding assignment.

As Bodemeister finished his work, Liaison made his first appearance on the track and galloped 1 1/2 mile under George Alvarez. Liaison arrived at Churchill Downs on Monday afternoon from his Southern California base.

“I’m gonna run him,” Baffert said. “He was a different horse out there today. He was never comfortable at Santa Anita and just didn’t like the track.”

Baffert said that Garcia, who was aboard Liaison for his fourth-place finish in the San Felipe (GII), would have the mount in the Derby.       

DADDY NOSE BEST / ISN’T HE CLEVER / SABERCAT – The Steve Asmussen-trained trio of Daddy Nose Best, Isn’t He Clever and Sabercat walked the shedrow Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs and all came out of their Monday workouts in good order, according to assistant trainer Scott Blasi.

DULLAHAN – Dullahan, galloped 1 1/2 mile around the Churchill Downs oval Tuesday morning after the renovation break under regular exercise rider Faustino Aguilar. The chestnut son of Even the Score, a half- brother to 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, captured the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass in his most recent start.

HANSEN – Kendall Hansen and Skychai Racing’s Hansen, the 2-year-old champion of 2011, galloped 1 ½ miles under Joel Barrientos at the Trackside Training Center early Tuesday morning. The Mike Maker-trained colt is scheduled to work Saturday.

MARK VALESKI – Mark Valeski walked the shedrow at Barn 35, a day after working five furlongs in :59.60 under jockey Rosie Napravnik.

“He came out of the work fine,” trainer Larry Jones said. Mark Valeski is scheduled for his final Derby work next Monday.

Believe You Can, a leading candidate for the Kentucky Oaks, and Mark Valeski are both owned by Brereton Jones. No owner has completed an Oaks-Derby double since Calumet Farm in 1952 with Real Delight and Hill Gail. and the feat has been accomplished only two other times.    

OPTIMIZER – Optimizer walked the shedrow at trainer D. Wayne Lukas’ barn a day after working a half-mile in :48.60 under Jon Court.

PROSPECTIVE – Prospective, winner of the Tampa Bay Derby prior to finishing sixth in the Toyota Blue Grass over Keeneland’s Polytrack, galloped 1 1/2 mile at Churchill Downs after the renovation break under regular exercise rider Juan Bernardini. The Mark Casse-trained son of Malibu Moon is scheduled to work Saturday during the special Kentucky Derby-Kentucky Oaks training period immediately following the renovation break.

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