One Work Sunday at Churchill
After the Arkansas Derby produced three horses that jumped over Fellowship on the Kentucky Derby points leaderboard, he ranks 22d with 32 points. Things happen, though, and Mark Casse sent him out to breeze a half-mile today at Churchill Downs.
Track clockers caught Fellowship in 48.80 in his first workout since finishing third in the Florida Derby and switching barns from former conditioner Stanley Gold to Casse.
Fellowship's splits were 12.40 and 25.00 before galloping out five furlongs in 1:01.40 and six in 1:14.60.
“I didn’t really know what to expect, I just kind of went in with no real expectations,” assistant trainer Norman Casse said. “He was real full of energy. I was real excited about the way he worked. He moved well, so I was really happy with him.
“Obviously there will have to be some defections for us to run,” Casse said. “But it’s still too early to tell for sure, next week will be his big work and we’ll have a better indicator on where he is and what type of horse we think he is. If he gets in, he deserves a shot, but he’ll have to work his way in.”
The Arkansas Derby result moved several horses down in rank on the points board. Mo Tom is number 21, Fellowship 22, Adventist 23 and Laoban 24. Dazzling Gem, who was fourth yesterday at Oaklawn, jumped to number 25.
Eric Guillot, trainer of Laoban, said today at Keeneland, "Preakness here we come." Guillot said Laoban, who is still a maiden, will remain at Keeneland to train for the Preakness.
In other Kentucky Derby news, Mohaymen arrived at Churchill Downs Barn 42 at 10:50 a.m. following a van ride from Florida.
Gun Runner galloped two miles on the main track Sunday and will breeze Monday, according to assistant trainer Scott Blasi. Mo Tom, Tom’s Ready, Lani, Brody’s Cause and Cherry Wine all galloped on the main track.
Edited Churchill Downs and Keeneland releases with additional content by Dick Downey
Updated 2:14 p.m. ET