Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®
Daily Derby Update for Friday, April 27
Bodemeister gallops at Churchill Downs Friday.
Reed Palmer Photography, Churchill Downs
ALPHA – Alpha galloped 1¼ miles at Belmont Park Friday morning.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said that the Wood Memorial runner-up is scheduled to work Saturday morning at Belmont. Rajiv Maragh will be aboard for the work, but McLaughlin said the Alpha team has not committed to a rider for the Kentucky Derby.
BODEMEISTER / LIAISON – Bodemeister schooled in the gate Friday morning before galloping 1 1/2 mile under exercise rider George Alvarez. The colt was out during the 8:30 training period reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks horses.
“He was a perfect gentleman,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “He’s been very calm and cool here. He galloped easy around there.”
Liaison jogged earlier in the morning in his return to the track following a work on Wednesday.
“He was happy,” Baffert said.
CREATIVE CAUSE – San Felipe winner Creative Cause galloped 1 1/2 mile at Hollywood Park Friday morning under the watchful eye of trainer Mike Harrington as the roan son of Giant’s Causeway finished preparation for a flight from Los Angeles to Louisville on Saturday. He be on board with I'll Have Another and Rousing Sermon.
Harrington said the colt would work Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs, weather permitting. If the weather doesn’t permit, Harrington has said it won’t make any difference in the way Creative Cause is moving toward his appointment on May 5. His graded earnings of $836,000 put him fifth on the list of the race’s top money winners.
Harrington, 70, is also scheduled to travel on Saturday and will be on the grounds late that day or Sunday morning.
DADDY NOSE BEST / SABERCAT – The Steve Asmussen-trained duo of Daddy Nose Best and Sabercat continued their preparations for Kentucky Derby 138 with early morning gallops Friday at Churchill Downs.
Daddy Nose Best is undefeated in two starts this year with victories in the El Camino Real Derby and the Sunland Derby.
Sabercat ended his 2-year-old campaign with a win in the Delta Jackpot. In his first start at 3, he finished eighth in the Rebel at Oaklawn Park. In the final Derby prep for the dark bay son of Bluegrass Cat, Sabercat finished third behind Bodemeister and Secret Circle in the Arkansas Derby.
Both colts are scheduled to work Monday.
DONE TALKING – Done Talking is scheduled to work five furlongs Saturday morning at Laurel with jockey Sheldon Russell aboard.
“He will go out about 7 o’clock,” trainer Hamilton Smith said of the Illinois Derby winner. “There may be a little weather coming in, but he’s not afraid of some mud.”
Smith plans to head west from Laurel to Louisville early Sunday morning with an expected departure between 3:30 and 4:00. That would put them at Churchill Downs that afternoon.
Done Talking will represent the first Kentucky Derby starter for Smith and Russell.
DULLAHAN – Dullahan galloped 1 1/2 mile after the renovation break under regular exercise rider Faustino Aguilar.
The chestnut son of Even the Score won the Toyota Blue Grass in his most recent start for trainer Dale Romans. He is scheduled to work at Churchill Downs on Saturday after the renovation break at approximately 8:30 a.m.
EL PADRINO/GEMOLOGIST – Trainer Todd Pletcher said Friday morning he had been watching the weather to determine when these two will put in their final workouts at Palm Meadows before heading to Louisville on Tuesday -- and he changed his original plan. Pletcher has opted for Saturday instead of Sunday.
HANSEN – Hansen galloped early Friday morning at Trackside Training Center under Joel Barrientos.
Trainer Mike Maker said the colt would work Saturday or Sunday depending on weather and noted that if it was “heavy rain” the work would be the following day.
I’LL HAVE ANOTHER – Never at a loss for adjectives when it comes to his horses, trainer Doug O’Neill called the final Kentucky Derby prep workout for I’ll Have Another “fantastic.”
“He worked great, I couldn’t be happier,” the trainer said from his Hollywood Park base Friday morning. The colt breezed six furlongs over Hollywood’s Cushion Track synthetic surface in 1:13.40, and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:27.00. The colt, with $601,000 in graded stakes earnings, will ship to Louisville on a flight with Creative Cause and Rousing Sermon from Los Angeles on Saturday.
MARK VALESKI – Mark Valeski galloped 1 1/2 mile during the period reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks hopefuls under trainer Larry Jones.
“We are at the point now where we are checking the weather,” Larry Jones said. “Right now he is scheduled to work Monday, but I wouldn’t have a problem waiting until Tuesday with him.”
Rosie Napravnik has the Derby riding assignment on Mark Valeski.
OPTIMIZER – Optimizer galloped after the morning renovation break under exercise rider Joel Cano.
Sitting 21st on the list of horses under consideration for Derby 138, Optimizer would need one defection from the horses with more graded stakes earnings to make the starting gate.
Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Optimizer is scheduled to work Sunday or Monday depending on weather. Jon Court would have the Derby mount.
PROSPECTIVE – Tampa Bay Derby winner Prospective galloped 1 1/2 mile at Churchill Downs on Friday under regular exercise rider Juan Bernardini.
According to assistant trainer Norman Casse, Prospective will breeze five furlongs with a workmate Saturday after the renovation break.
ROUSING SERMON – “He’s just doing great,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Friday morning after the son of Lucky Pulpit finished a 1 1/2-mile gallop at Hollywood Park. Owned and bred by Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams, Rousing Sermon is scheduled on a flight from Los Angeles Saturday morning en route to Louisville.
Hollendorfer, who will arrive on Monday, said his Derby prospect will work five furlongs over the Churchill oval on Tuesday.
TAKE CHARGE INDY – Take Charge Indy had a typically easy morning Friday, the day after he worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 at the Palm Meadows Training Center.
Trainer Pat Byrne said the A.P. Indy colt came out of the work very well. The Florida Derby winner worked in company with Zimmer, a 6-year-old allowance winner.
“The horse looks good. He ate up everything,” Byrne said. “It was a really, really super work. He was hollering for his feed tub at 10:30. Everything is positive. It all looks good right now.”
Byrne will fly with the colt from Florida to Louisville on Tuesday morning on a plane with Gemologist and El Padrino.
TRINNIBERG – Shivananda Parbhoo’s Trinniberg arrived at Churchill Downs at 9:00 p.m. Thursday and settled into his surroundings at Barn 41.
Winner of the Bay Shore and Swale in his lone starts of 2012, Trinniberg walked the shedrow this morning and is expected to go to the track in the morning according to exercise rider Sabastian Garcia.
Willie Martinez has the mount on Trinniberg, who is trained by Bisnath Parboo.
UNION RAGS – Union Rags galloped 11/2 mile Friday morning on his first tour of the track at Churchill Downs this year. He is scheduled to breeze Saturday, weather permitting.
The colt, who was shipped to Louisville from Keeneland on Thursday afternoon, finished second in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile over the track in November.
Exercise rider Peter Brette was aboard for the gallop during the 8:30 training period reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks candidates. Union Rags showed a lot of energy during his time on the track.
“He’s been amazing,” trainer Michael Matz said. “The further he goes, the stronger he gets. He’s amazing that way.”
Rather than go directly to the gap closest to Barn 42, Matz had Brette walk the colt through the barn area and enter the course at a gap near the half-mile pole on the backstretch. They jogged around the clubhouse turn in the wrong direction then turned and did the morning exercise.
“I thought it went fine,” Matz said. “He galloped nice today. He enjoyed it and it looked like he was having fun out there.”
Rain is forecast for Saturday morning, and Matz said that he might push back the colt’s final work for the Derby to Sunday or Monday.
“We’ve got to play it by ear,” he said. “I want to make sure we get on a good track.”
WENT THE DAY WELL – Went the Day Well (Reed Palmer Photography, Churchill Downs) galloped 1 1/2 miles under Zeke Castro after the morning renovation break during the training period reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks hopefuls.
Dave Rock, assistant to trainer Graham Motion, said Went the Day Well is scheduled to work in company with Crimson China at 8:30 tomorrow morning with John Velazquez scheduled to be aboard as he was for the colt’s previous work last Saturday at Keeneland.