AMERICAN PHAROAH – American Pharoah stood in the starting gate and galloped 1 1/2 mile under exercise rider Jorge Alvarez during the 8:30-8:45 window reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders. Trained by Bob Baffert, American Pharoah is scheduled to work Sunday. Two-time Kentucky Derby winner Victor Espinoza, who was aboard California Chrome in his Derby victory last year, will have the mount in Derby 141 on American Pharoah.
BOLD CONQUEST – Bold Conquest visited the starting gate then galloped after the morning renovation break with exercise rider Abel Flores up for trainer Steve Asmussen.
CARPE DIEM -- After going about his business with horses stabled at Churchill Downs, Todd Pletcher was off to Keeneland where he arrived shortly before 10:00 to watch Carpe Diem gallop 1 1/2 mile clockwise around the main track under Patti Krotenko. Looking on with Pletcher were Kenny Troutt, owner of WinStar Farm and Elliott Walden, WinStar’s President/CEO and Racing Manager. “He seemed to be moving really well; he was happy,” Pletcher said. “All signs were very good.” Carpe Diem remains set work at Keeneland on Sunday at 6:30, and Team Pletcher is watching the weather.
ITSAKNOCKOUT / MADEFROMLUCKY /MATERIALITY / STANFORD – Trainer Todd Pletcher had his Kentucky Derby hopefuls based at Churchill Downs going through their morning paces. First up for Pletcher was Madefromlucky, who galloped a little more than a mile and quarter shortly after 6:00 with Ezequiel Perez up. At 8:30, Materiality (Carlos Cano aboard), Itsaknockout (Perez) and Stanford (Isabelle Bourez) all went through a similar exercise.
DANZIG MOON – Danzig Moon galloped 1 1/2 mile after the morning break with exercise rider William Cano up. Norman Casse, assistant to his father trainer Mark Casse, said Saturday’s planned work could be pushed back to Sunday depending on the weather. Julien Leparoux, who has ridden Danzig Moon in his past three starts, has the Derby mount.
FAR RIGHT – Trainer Ron Moquett was happy with the 1 3/4-mile gallop put in by Far Right shortly after 6:00 with Laura Moquett aboard. “Moving like a tremendous machine …” the good-natured Moquett said with a broad grin. Far Right is scheduled to work about the same time Saturday, but Moquett could wait a day if weather proves problematic.
FRAMMENTO -- Trainer Nick Zito is watching the weather because Frammento is set to work Saturday morning at Keeneland. Zito said he might move the move to Friday.
INTERNATIONAL STAR – International Star galloped 1 ¼ mile at the Trackside training center under exercise Joel Barrientos. Trainer Mike Maker plans to work International Star at Churchill Downs Saturday but “probably would push it back to Sunday” if conditions warrant.
KEEN ICE – With Jerry Crawford of Donegal Racing looking on, Keen Ice galloped 1 1/2 mile after the morning renovation break with Faustino Aguilar aboard. Trained by Dale Romans, Keen Ice is scheduled to work Saturday.
MR. Z – Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said that Mr. Z came out of his five-furlong work of 1:01 on Wednesday in good order. Mr. Z walked the shedrow Thursday and will return to the track in the morning according to Lukas. Ramon Vazquez has the Derby mount.
MUBTAAHIJ – Mubtaahij (IRE) cantered one lap then jogged a second lap of Arlington’s Polytrack surface. The son of Dubawi likely will do the same Friday before an anticipated breeze Saturday, similar to the three-eighths he did Tuesday. “All good, he’s going great,’ said Trevor Brown, assistant to trainer Michael de Kock. Christophe Soumillon has the Derby mount. Mubtaahij is scheduled to ship on Monday, leaving after morning work is finished at Arlington. De Kock arrives in Louisville on Sunday.
TENCENDUR -- “We would most likely stay on for Saturday,” said George Weaver, trainer of Tencendur, who's set to work that day. “I am bringing Manny Franco in for the work and it would be kind of a pain to have to change. I like to stay on seven days. He worked last Saturday and the Derby is next Saturday. The thing is, if you plan to work at 8:30 and there is lightning, it could get dangerous. If it is not dangerous out there, we will go. I am not uncomfortable with this track when it is wet.” Tencendur galloped 1 3/8 mile after the renovation break with exercise rider Blair Golen aboard on a clear and cool Thursday morning. “He galloped well this morning and everything looks good,” said Weaver, who arrived in Louisville Wednesday after training hours.
WAR STORY – War Story walked the shedrow a day after working five furlongs in 1:02. “He came out of the work fine and will go back to the track tomorrow to jog,” trainer Tom Amoss said.