Palace Malice and Charming Kitten, two-three in the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, returned to Todd Pletcher's barn at Churchill Downs on Saturday night, and plans are moving forward on Sunday.
Java's War outstrided both horses late to narrowly win the Blue Grass. Palace Malice earned enough points to make the Kentucky Derby. Charming Kitten is on the bubble.
"We were happy, but it's frustrating at the same time," Pletcher said. "We would have loved to win, but we were very pleased with their efforts. Both came out of the race well. We'll prepare as though (Charming Kitten) is going to get in."
Mylute, runner-up to Revolutionary in the Grade II Louisiana Derby, continued his preparations for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands with a serious six-furlong breeze in 1:12.20 on Sunday at Churchill Downs. (Photo by Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer)
Working under Shaun Bridgmohan in company with two other Tom Amoss trainees, Mylute recorded fractions of :12.60, :24.80, :36.60, :48.40 and 1:00.20, and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:25 and a mile in 1:39. He started about eight lengths behind the duo of workmates and finished eight lengths in front at the wire.
"I wanted him to pass those horses down the lane and then finish once he got by them," Amoss said. "He did those things, so the work went well."
Amoss said Mylute would have two more works prior to the Kentucky Derby on May 4, but they would be much easier than Sunday's move.
"If anybody was interested in Mylute as a Derby prospect, today's work was the one they needed to see," Amoss said. "It was a serious work, and he looked very good. Mylute is going to do nothing to impress anyone in his next two works. He's going to work by himself, and they are going to be slow and easy half-mile works. Today's work was an indication of where we are with him, and we were pleased."
Overanalyze Arrives; More Coming
In other Kentucky Derby news, Arkansas Derby winner Overanalyze arrived in good order at Churchill Downs on Sunday at 12:15 p.m. after flying to Lexington and then vanning to Louisville. He is stabled in Barn 34 for trainer Todd Pletcher.
"We were hoping for an improved performance in his second start off the layoff," Pletcher said. "We were hoping for a big effort, but he actually exceeded our expectations."
Later on Sunday, Overanalyze will be joined in the Pletcher barn by Wood Memorial winner Verrazano, who is on a Tex Sutton flight from New York that is scheduled to land in Louisville at 3:50 p.m.
Joining Verrazano on the flight from New York are Normandy Invasion. He'll be in Barn 42 for trainer Chad Brown.
Also expected to arrive at Churchill Downs from Oaklawn Park on Sunday evening are Kentucky Derby probables Will Take Charge, Oxbow and Falling Sky. Will Take Charge won the Grade II Rebel over stable mate Oxbow, who finished fifth in the Arkansas Derby. Both will be stabled in Barn 44 for D. Wayne Lukas.
Falling Sky, who finished fourth in the Arkansas Derby, will be stabled in Barn 36 for trainer John Terranova.
Meanwhile, Orb will be in Florida at least another week. “He’s done so well at Payson all winter that right now I’m planning to leave him down there, work him again next Sunday, and then bring him to Kentucky," trainer Shug McGaughey told DRF.com Sunday following a four-furlong breeze in :48.20. "That will still give him close to two weeks to settle in at Churchill Downs, where he’ll have his final work prior to the Derby.”
Edited Churchill Downs release