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Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®

Daily Derby Update: Tuesday, April 22


BAYERN, CHITU, HOPPERTUNITY - Hoppertunity (pictured -- Reed Palmer photography, Churchill Downs) got his first exercise over the track at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning, galloping 1 ½ miles under Dana Barnes after the renovation break.

The winner of the Rebel and runner-up in the Santa Anita Derby in his most recent start, the Bob Baffert trainee arrived at Churchill Downs Monday afternoon from his home base in Southern California.

Chitu and Bayern walked the shedrow a day after turning in half-mile works.


BIG BAZINGA - Big Bazinga galloped 1 ½ miles under Loren Diego after the morning renovation break.

Big Bazinga arrived at Churchill Downs Monday afternoon from Keeneland where he had remained since a fourth-place finish in the Blue Grass Stakes.

Big Bazinga is trained by Katerina Vassilieva. According to Frank Bernis, agent for jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., the colt is scheduled to work Saturday with Hernandez up. Hernandez rode the colt in the Blue Grass.


CANDY BOY - Robert B. Lewis winner Candy Boy walked the shedrow at Barn 43 on his first full day at Churchill Downs for trainer John Sadler.

Candy Boy arrived at Churchill Downs at 3:30 Monday afternoon from his base in Southern California.

Cesar Aguilar, assistant to Sadler, said Candy Boy would go to the track Wednesday.


COMMANDING CURVE - Commanding Curve, third in the Louisiana Derby (GII) in his most recent start, galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Emerson Chavez for trainer Dallas Stewart.

Commanding Curve stands 21st on the "Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard Presented by TwinSpires.com."

"We're still just waiting," Stewart said, "that's all you can do. I think he's right on par with Golden Soul last year. I think he's every bit as good and he's been handling this track really well."


DANZA, INTENSE HOLIDAY, VINCEREMOS, WE MISS ARTIE - Danza galloped 1 ½ miles under exercise rider Nick Bush after the Tuesday morning renovation break at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Danza was joined Tuesday afternoon by Intense Holiday and Ken and We Miss Artie. The two colts were booked on a flight out of South Florida with a 1 p.m. arrival at Louisville International Airport.

Pletcher's fourth Derby hopeful, Vinceremos is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Wednesday from WinStar, where he has been since running in the April 12 Blue Grass Stakes.


GENERAL A ROD, HARRY’S HOLIDAY, VICAR'S IN TROUBLE - Trainer Mike Maker vanned his trio of Kentucky Derby possibilities to the Churchill Downs backside late Tuesday morning.

Maker confirmed Harry’s Holiday for the Kentucky Derby during a Tuesday conference call.

Vicar's in Trouble galloped at the Trackside Training Center Tuesday morning and is scheduled to breeze at Churchill Downs on Saturday along with Harry's Holiday. Harry's Holiday galloped Tuesday at Trackside. Joel Barrientos was aboard both colts.

General a Rod  also galloped at  Trackside Tuesday  and  is scheduled  to work at Churchill  Downs on Wednesday with Barrientos up.


RIDE ON CURLIN - Ride On Curlin, runner-up in the Arkansas Derby in his most recent start, galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Bryan Beccia.

Trained by Bill Gowan, Ride On Curlin is scheduled to breeze Saturday or Sunday, depending on weather, with jockey Calvin Borel up.


MEDAL COUNT - Medal Count, runner-up in the Blue Grass last out,  galloped  after  the  renovation  break  under  exercise  rider  Faustino Aguilar for  trainer  Dale Romans.


PABLO DEL MONTE - Pablo Del Monte, third in the Blue Grass Stakes last out, is scheduled to work Saturday or Sunday at Keeneland, according to Ward, who is also the colt's trainer.


RING WEEKEND - West Point Thoroughbreds confirmed that Ring Weekend will be in Kentucky Derby 140 and that Alan Garcia will ride him.

Currently stabled at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland, Ring Weekend finished second in the Calder Derby on April 5 with Garcia aboard. Trained by Graham Motion, Ring Weekend is scheduled to work Friday at Fair Hill.


TAPITURE - Trainer Steve Asmussen said Southwest winner Tapiture walked in the shedrow and was doing well on the morning after his first work since his return to Churchill Downs last week.

The 3-year-old son of Tapit breezed five furlongs over a fast track in 1:02.80 on Monday. Ricardo Santana Jr. has the Kentucky Derby mount on Tapiture.


WILDCAT RED - Wildcat Red was scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs early Tuesday afternoon after a flight from Florida.

The two-time graded stakes winner and runner-up in the Florida Derby in his most recent start is trained by Jose Garoffalo. Wildcat Red will be housed in Barn 21.


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