By Dick Downey
Keen Ice got warmed up for his flight to New York today with a four-furlong breeze at Churchill Downs.
It was a maintenance move timed in 50.20. Churchill Downs clockers got splits of 12.40, 25.00 and 37.60. Keen Ice galloped out five furlongs in 1:04.40. As usual, Tammy Fox was up for the move.
"I thought he looked great, and he worked great; it looked perfect," Romans said. "He's doing so good that it's scary. It's all a matter of whether or not he's good enough. There's not another fear to have.
"With a lack of pace he will be laying closer. This is a race that even though people think it's for a deep closer, it's not; you need to be in the race. Woody Stephens said years ago that it's a speed horse race going a mile-and-a-half, and so lack of pace will keep us in contact, and I know that we have the endurance to keep going."
Keen Ice is set to board a charter this morning along wtih American Pharoah and other horses bound for stakes races in New York on Friday and Saturday. They're expected to arrive at Belmont Park no later than 3:00 ET.
This morning, Ahmed Zayat, owner of American Pharoah, tweeted, "Big horse came out of work super, is a happy horse today, leaves Churchill 10.30."
"He looked very good this morning; we're loaded, packed and ready to go," said trainer Bob Baffert's assistant Jimmy Barnes. "My mind right now is focusing on getting a safe trip to New York and what kind of post position we'll draw and all that. But other than that it's just anxiousness. You just want to run the race. We've done everything we can do on our part, except for getting a safe trip to New York and getting through the paddock and then it will be all up to Victor."