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Sunday Derby Notes from Churchill Downs


Miscellaneous notes from a relatively quiet morning at Churchill Downs. There were no Kentucky Derby workouts on Sunday morning.

American Pharoah galloped in the rain under Jorge Alvarez over sloppy footing during the training window for Kentucky Oaks and Derby horses between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m.

Assistant trainer Norman Casse said Danzig Moon came out of Saturday’s swift five-furlong work in :58 in good shape. “Everthing’s perfect,” said Casse, who added that his father Mark Casse would be at Churchill Downs on Saturday for a four-furlong work by the son of Malibu Moon.

Arkansas Derby runner-up Far Right galloped 1 7/8 mile over sloppy footing during Sunday’s training session for Derby and Oaks horses. Trainer Ron Moquett said the winner of the Southwest and Smarty Jones Stakes would work on Saturday or Sunday.

International Star, winner of the Louisiana Derby and the points leader on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” Leaderboard, came out of his Saturday work at Churchill Downs well, according to trainer Mike Maker. He breezed five furlongs in 1:01.80 under jockey Miguel Mena. International Star returned to Maker’s base at Trackside training center after the work, but will return to Churchill Downs this week and will remain at the track through his Kentucky Derby run. Maker said Saturday that the colt would return to Churchill Downs on Monday or Tuesday, but said Sunday that the plan had changed and the four-mile journey from Trackside had been pushed back to later in the week.

D. Wayne Lukas said Mr. Z, third in the Arkansas Derby, will work on Wednesday or Thursday. The Malibu Moon colt galloped over a sloppy track during the training window.

Stall manager Steve Hargrave said Wood Memorial runner-up Tencendur, trained by George Weaver, is expected to arrive Monday after a van ride from New York.

War Story galloped early Sunday over a fast track at Churchill Downs before the Derby/Oaks training window. Trainer Tom Amoss said the Risen Star runner-up is scheduled to work on Wednesday.



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