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Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®

Daily Derby Update

Monday, April 20, 2015


AMERICAN PHAROAH – The Arkansas Derby winner jogged back to the starting gate at the head of the stretch and then galloped a mile and a half under exercise rider Jorge Alvarez after the renovation break.


BOLD CONQUEST -- Bold Conquest stands 23d on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard. He worked five furlongs over a track labeled as good in 1:02.80 (6/9), breezing, on an overcast Monday morning at Churchill Downs.  Working during the time reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks candidates, Bold Conquest produced fractions of :12.60, :24.80, :37.40 and :50.20 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:16.80. Exercise rider Abel Flores was aboard for the work.

Trainer Steve Asmussen, who is attending the spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Ocala, Fla., texted after the work: “He just ran eight days ago, so he didn’t need much."


DANZIG MOON – He  galloped a mile and a half after the morning renovation break under exercise rider William Cano after working on Saturday. Trained by Mark Casse, Danzig Moon is scheduled to work this Saturday with Julien Leparoux up.


FAR RIGHT – Far Right had a scheduled walk day Monday and will return to the track to jog Tuesday, trainer Ron Moquett said. The Arkansas Derby runner-up is scheduled to work Saturday or Sunday.


INTERNATIONAL STAR – International Star galloped 1 1/4 mile at the nearby Trackside training center for trainer Mike Maker. Regular exercise rider Joel Barrientos was aboard the Louisiana Derby winner who is scheduled to work at Churchill Downs on Saturday.


KEEN ICE – Keen Ice, who needs one defection to make the Kentucky Derby field, walked the shedrow for a second day following a Saturday work. Trainer Dale Romans said the Curlin colt would return to the track Tuesday to jog.


MR. Z – Mr. Z galloped a little more than a mile shortly after the track opened for training at 5:45 Monday morning. Exercise rider Edvin Vargas was aboard the colt trained by D. Wayne Lukas.


MUBTAAHIJ – He had a two-lap spin over Arlington International’s Polytrack surface Monday morning under regular work rider Lisa Moncrieff. The first was just a jog the wrong way after which he turned and did one lap in an easy canter. He went in company with anticipated Woodford Reserve Turf Classic starter Umgiyo, who was also shipped in from overseas.

“We were very happy with both our horses today. They were perky and bright eyed and appear to have suffered no ill effects from the long travel,” assistant trainer Trevor Brown said. “They have settled well and are eating up.”

Brown advised that, after consultation with trainer Mike de Kock, still in South Africa and due to arrive stateside this weekend, Mubtaahij likely will work a half mile on Tuesday. “He will likely go very easy in the first furlong and pick it up from there,” Brown said.


TENCENDUR -- He arrived at Churchill Downs at 5:00 Monday morning after vanning from Belmont Park. Trainer George Weaver said Tencendur, stabled in Barn 42, would gallop Tuesday and probably work Saturday. Weaver is scheduled to arrive in Louisville on Wednesday and be at the track Thursday. Manny Franco was named today to ride Tencendur in the Derby.

WAR STORY – War Story galloped 1 1/2 mile under exercise rider Marvin Orantes before the morning renovation break when the track was labeled muddy. Third in the Louisiana Derby in his most recent start, War Story will have his third local work since that race “Wednesday or Thursday, depending on the weather” trainer Tom Amoss said.


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