Dortmund worked a bullet six furlongs in company Saturday at Santa Anita in 1:12 (1/16) with regular rider Martin Garcia aboard.
After the move, Bob Baffert was succinct. “He went nice,” the trainer commented. Stablemate Miss Midnight Brew was given a five furlong time of 1:02.60.
Meanwhile, at San Luis Rey, San Felipe Stakes runner-up Prospect Park worked six furlongs in 1:11.00 (1/8) under Joe Steiner.
Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. called the drill “unbelievable,” adding that the son of Tapit would ship to Santa Anita “Monday or Tuesday” and have a five furlong breeze before the race.
Jerry Hollendorfer said El Camino Real Derby runner-up Cross the Line is possible for the Santa Anita Derby, and Baffert didn’t rule out One Lucky Dane after his win by nearly 10 lengths in a one-mile overnight just two days ago.
Baffert was asked to compare Dortmund and American Pharoah.
“Dortmund is tall,” Baffert said. “He’s got a good mind on him; he’s a smart horse. He gets a little rambunctious in the paddock, but other than that, he’s pretty good.
“They’re really two different types of horses, although they’re both quick, they’re light on their feet. I’ve seen Dortmund stumble and break a little awkward but he can get up in the next jump and be right there. He’s really quick and very athletic, for a big horse. Big horses aren’t that way, usually. I’ve worked him in the mornings; you can stop and go with him.
“Pharoah has a very efficient, kind of effortless stride. He does things really, really easy. I think he can handle any surface, whether it’s deep, fast, whatever. He’s fast, but he’s not a speed-crazy type.
“The reason they find themselves on the lead is because they do it effortlessly. You’d have to really slow them down, get them down to a gallop, to have them stalking a horse. I don’t know what would happen if there was some ridiculous speed out there. It’s something I don’t really worry about until the gates open, as long as their riders put them where they’re comfortable. I’ve never seen them rank or run off. I’ve never seen that.”
Edited Santa Anita release with additional content by Dick Downey