American Pharoah, One Lucky Dane Work
American Pharoah and One Lucky Dane worked for their next starts Sunday, the former blitzing five furlongs in 58.60
One Lucky Dane, who romped by nearly 10 lengths 10 days earlier in his first start of the year, went six furlongs in 1:13.40 under Rafael Bejarano, who has the mount in the Santa Anita Derby. One Lucky Dane worked in company with Whiskey Ticket, who was clocked in 1:13.40.
Santa Anita clockers caught American Pharoah in fractions of :23.40 and :47.20 with a gallop out time of 1:10.80 for his next start in the Arkansas Derby.
“Pharoah went really nice,” Baffert said. “He just cruised around there. One Lucky Dane went really nice, he looked really good. He was finishing up nice, so it looks like the race didn’t take anything out of him.”
Bad Read Sanchez also worked Sunday, going five furlongs from the gate in :59.20 in company with One More for Doug O’Neill. Mario Gutierrez was aboard Bad Read Sanchez.
“We got him in 59 and three,” O’Neill said. “He looked great, good energy, so we’re excited. It’s exactly what we were looking for.”
Probable for the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby are Bad Read Sanchez, Mario Gutierrez; Bolo, Mike Smith; Cross the Line, Juan Hernandez; Dortmund, Martin Garcia; One Lucky Dane, Rafael Bejarano; and Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux.
In other Santa Anita Derby news, Jerry Hollendorfer said California Derby winner and El Camino Real Derby runner-up Cross the Line will work soon at Santa Anita. He was shipped down recently from Golden Gate.
“We’re planning on running,” Hollendorfer said. “We’re going to blow him out Tuesday.”
Juan Hernandez, the third-leading rider at Golden Gate with 53 wins through Saturday, has ridden Cross the Line in his last three races, two of them victories, and retains the mount in the Santa Anita Derby.
Edited Santa Anita release with additional content by Dick Downey