Commanding Curve, ranked number 23 on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, worked five furlongs work Friday at Churchill Downs.
He was timed in 1:00.40 (5/13) under Shaun Bridgmohan, who rode the colt to his maiden victory at Churchill Downs in November. Commanding Curve recorded splits of :12.60, :25.00 and :37.20 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.60.
“He looked very comfortable out there,” trainer Dallas Stewart said. “He’s got a great shot if he gets in.”
Commanding Curve will need defections to make the race. On Friday Dance With Fate, whose next start was in doubt, was committed. Vinceremos and Harry’s Holiday are ranked 21 and 22.
Friday’s breeze by Commanding Curve was his second at Churchill Downs since placing third in the Louisiana Derby. His 3-year-old campaign also included a sixth-place effort in the Risen Star Stakes,
“We’re just waiting,” Stewart said. “These other horses have to earn their merit to run on this track, and the trainers have to believe they have a chance to win.”
Commanding Curve’s work was on the outside of stablemate Golden Soul, who was in very a similar on-the-outside-looking-in position before finishing second in last year’s Kentucky Derby.
“We think he’s got a good shot,” Stewart said. “There’s a lot of speed in this race, which I think will benefit him, and he likes this distance.”
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