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Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®

Daily Derby Update: Wednesday, April 22


AMERICAN PHAROAH – American Pharoah galloped 1 1/2 mile after the renovation break with exercise rider Jorge Alvarez aboard for trainer. American Pharoah is scheduled to work Sunday.

BOLD CONQUEST – Bold Conquest galloped after the renovation break with exercise rider Abel Flores up for trainer Steve Asmussen.

CARPE DIEM / ITSAKNOCKOUT / MADEFROMLUCKY / MATERIALITY / STANFORD –  Carpe Diem continues to do his training at Keeneland, where he galloped 1 1/2 mile early this morning under exercise rider Patti Krotenko. He's scheduled to work at Keeneland on Sunday at 6:30. Todd Pletcher’s quartet of Tuesday Churchill Downs arrivals are set to work on Saturday. Those four all galloped 1 1/4 mile Wednesday morning. Itsaknockout went out in Pletcher’s first set of the day shortly after the track opened with exercise rider Carlos Cano aboard. Going out after the break at 8:30 in the time reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders were Materiality, with Cano aboard; Stanford, with Isabelle Bourez aboard; and Madefromlucky, with Ezequiel Perez aboard.

DANZIG MOON – Danzig Moon stood in the starting gate and then galloped 1 1/2 mile after the break under exercise rider William Cano for trainer Mark Casse. Danzig Moon is scheduled to work Saturday.

FAR RIGHT – Far Right jogged two miles shortly after 6:00 under exercise rider Laura Moquett for trainer Ron Moquett. It was the first day back on the track for Far Right, who had walked the previous two days. “He is definitely fit and we don’t need to do much with him,” Ron Moquett said. “He will work Saturday or Sunday depending on the weather.”

INTERNATIONAL STAR –  International Star galloped 1 1/4 mile at Trackside training center under Joel Barrientos for trainer Mike Maker. International Star is scheduled to work at Churchill Downs, date not yet disclosed. Trainer Maker hasn't said when he will transfer International Star to a barn at Churchill.

KEEN ICE – Keen Ice galloped a mile after the morning renovation break with exercise rider Faustino Aguilar aboard for trainer Dale Romans.

MR. Z -- Ramon Vazquez, who rode Mr. Z to a third-place finish in the Arkansas Derby, will have the Kentucky Derby mount. After the morning renovation break, Mr. Z worked five furlongs in 1:01 (4/20) in company with Majestico. Starting a length in back of his workmate and finishing on even terms, Mr. Z produced fractions of :12.80, :25, :37, :48.60 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:15.60. Exercise rider Edvin Vargas was aboard Mr. Z for the work. “I thought it was fine,” trainer D. Wayne Lukas said. “You don’t get paid at 8:30 in the morning. He is probably the most seasoned horse in the race and didn’t need to do too much,” Lukas said.

MUBTAAHIJ – Mubtaahij cantered a lap Wednesday morning at Arlington. Assistant trainer Trevor Brown said the horse emerged from Tuesday's three-eighths work in good order.

TENCENDUR – Tencendur galloped 1 1/4 mile after the break with exercise rider Blair Golen aboard for trainer George Weaver. Weaver is scheduled to arrive in Louisville this afternoon and be at the barn in the morning. Tencendur is scheduled to work Saturday, weather permitting.

WAR STORY -- Working first on his own as the track opened at 5:45 was War Story, who breezed five furlongs on 1:02 (7/20). With Dylan Davis aboard for trainer Tom Amoss, War Story produced fractions of :12.80, :24.60, :36.40 and :49 and out six furlongs in 1:15.60. It was the third local work for War Story since finishing third in the Louisiana Derby. He was ridden that day by Joe Talamo, who has the Derby call. A winner of his first two starts and graded stakes-placed in his next three, War Story won his only start at Churchill Downs with that coming last fall.  

“That was a typical work for him,” Amoss said. “He definitely knows the difference between practice and a race. To say that he is a lazy work horse is accurate. This work was similar to his others except that his extension of stride was nicer this morning. This will probably be his last work. This is the plan we used before the Risen Star (working 10 days before the race) and that worked well. He has improved daily and I see an enthusiastic horse. War Story deserves to be in the Derby. Off his past performances, it would be accurate to say that he is a contender would be a reach. He has got to improve dramatically to win this race.”



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