Dortmund, Firing Line Work at Santa Anita
Saturday at Santa Anita, Dortmund and Firing Line put in their penultimate Kentucky Derby workouts, and connections said they were pleased.
Dortmund was credited with a five-furlong bullet move in 58:80 (1/59) under Martin Garcia after working in company with Game On At Midnite, who was clocked in 1:00.80.
“It was a nice move,” Bob Baffert said of Dortmund. “He was really happy out there. The track was in great shape today. He’s happy. There’s no regression.”
Baffert said he plans to leave Tuesday for Kentucky to see Arkansas Derby winner American Pharoah, the Kentucky Derby favorite. Dortmund is set to be shipped the same day.
“He’ll breeze once there,” Baffert said of American Pharoah, “but it won’t be on Tuesday. He looks good so far. He hasn’t regressed, either.”
It was a bittersweet morning for Baffert.
One Lucky Dane lost his left front shoe soon after the work, whereupon Bejarano pulled him up. The horse ambulance brought One Lucky Dane back to Baffert’s barn.
Baffert later advised the media that X-rays had revealed the beginning of a condylar fracture in his left front foot, and that two screws would be inserted during subsequent surgery. One Lucky Dane is expected to be out four months.
Sunland Derby winner Firing Line worked five furlongs in company for Simon Callaghan in 1:00.40 under Gary Stevens. Stable mate Footstepsinbronze was timed in 1:01.
“I got him in a tick faster than that,” Callaghan said of Firing Line, “but it’s just what we were looking for. He sat off the lead horse, joined it, and galloped out really strong. Gary was really, really happy. He’ll probably have one more breeze here next Saturday, and leave for Kentucky April 26.”
Ocho Ocho Ocho
Ocho Ocho Ocho, third in the Blue Grass Stakes on April 4, will run in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Jim Cassidy said by phone from Illinois, where he runs Verraco today in the Illinois Derby. He said the mount on Ocho Ocho Ocho was still open. Expected ship date is April 26.
Edited Santa Anita release with additional content by Dick Downey