Daily Derby Update
Monday, April 25, 2016
BRODY’S CAUSE/CHERRY WINE – The Albaugh Family Stable’s Brody’s Cause, winner of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GI) in his most recent start, jogged two miles after the morning renovation break under exercise rider Miguel Garcia for trainer Dale Romans.
Fifth on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, Brody’s Cause returned to the track for the first time since working five furlongs in 1:01.80 on Saturday.
Also jogging the same distance for Romans was William Pacella, Frank Jones Jr. and Frank Shoop’s Cherry Wine. Faustino Aguilar was aboard Cherry Wine, 25th on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.
DAZZLING GEM – Steve Landers Racing’s Dazzling Gem, 24th on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Fernando Espinoza for trainer Brad Cox.
DESTIN/OUTWORK – Twin Creeks Racing Stable’s Destin, winner of the Tampa Bay Derby (GII) in his most recent start, was expected to arrive at Churchill Downs Monday afternoon from Palm Beach Downs, according to Jack Heissenbuttel, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher.
Destin is eighth on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.
Another Pletcher Derby hopeful, Repole Stable’s Outwork, arrived at Churchill Downs early Monday morning from Belmont Park. Outwork is fourth on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.
DISCREETNESS – Xpress Thoroughbreds’ Discreetness, 26th on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, galloped after the break with jockey Jon Court aboard.
“He will work this weekend, but he will probably wind up in the ($250,000) Pat Day Mile (GIII, on May 7),” trainer Jinks Fires said. “We are going to need a lot of defections (to get in the Derby).”
FELLOWSHIP – Jacks or Better Farm’s Fellowship, 21st on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, jogged in trainer Mark Casse’s first set Monday morning under exercise rider Brian O’Leary.
“He’ll gallop tomorrow and work Friday or Saturday, depending on the weather,” said Norman Casse, assistant to his father.
Fellowship had worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 on Saturday.
LANI – Koji Maeda’s UAE Derby (GII) winner Lani jogged a half-mile and then galloped two miles under exercise rider Eishu Maruuchi after the renovation break.
Keita Tanaka, agent for the owner, said that Lani would work Wednesday morning and that jockey Yutaka Take would be in for the work.
Take rode in the 1995 Derby, finishing 14th on Ski Captain.
MAJESTO – Grupo 7C Racing Stable’s Majesto galloped after the renovation break with exercise rider J.J. Delgado aboard.
Trained by Gustavo Delgado (no relation), Majesto arrived at Churchill Downs on Friday after working a mile in 1:44.40 at Gulfstream Park West on Thursday.
Gustavo Delgado said Majesto would work Friday. No rider has been confirmed for the Derby on Majesto, who is 18th on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.
MOHAYMEN – Shadwell Stable’s Mohaymen galloped after the renovation break with exercise rider Miguel Jaime aboard.
Ninth on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, Mohaymen worked a half-mile in :46.80 last Wednesday with his next work slated for Friday, weather permitting, according to Neal McLaughlin, assistant to his brother, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
MOR SPIRIT – Michael Petersen’s Mor Spirit, never worse than second in seven career starts, galloped after the renovation break with exercise rider George Alvarez aboard.
Trained by Bob Baffert, Mor Spirit arrived at Churchill Downs last Friday, a day after working five furlongs in 1:01.60 at Santa Anita. Mor Spirit, eighth on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, jogged here Saturday and galloped Sunday.
Assistant Jimmy Barnes is overseeing the Baffert string that numbers 10 and will grow by five in the days ahead.
Jockey Gary Stevens stopped by the barn to look in on his Derby mount. Stevens has won the Derby three times, first with Winning Colors in 1988, then Thunder Gulch in 1995 and Silver Charm in 1997.
Silver Charm represented the first of Baffert’s four Derby victories with others coming in 1998 with Real Quiet, 2002 with War Emblem and last year with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Baffert is the most recent trainer to win back-to-back Derbys with the 1997-98 sweep.
MO TOM – G M B Racing’s Mo Tom galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Mario Garcia for trainer Tom Amoss.
Mo Tom, 20th on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, is scheduled to work Wednesday or Thursday, depending on weather, according to Amoss. Amoss said the Uncle Mo colt would work at 7 o’clock on the chosen day.
Corey Lanerie has the Derby mount.
MY MAN SAM/SHAGAF – Trainer Chad Brown’s two Kentucky Derby hopefuls, My Man Sam and Shagaf, walked the shedrow Monday morning, a day after posting half-mile works.
Shadwell Stable’s Shagaf, 14th on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, covered his half-mile in :48.40 and will be ridden in the Derby by Joel Rosario.
Sheep Pond Partners, Newport Stables and Jay Bligh’s My Man Sam, 17th on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, worked his half-mile in :50.60 and will be ridden in the Derby by Irad Ortiz Jr.
Brown plans to remain in Louisville through the Derby.
“I will probably stay,” said Brown, whose main string has shipped north to Belmont Park. “I have 10 horses here now and more coming in.”
OSCAR NOMINATED – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Oscar Nominated, 13th on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, jogged 1 ½ miles at the nearby Trackside Training Center under exercise rider Joel Cano.
Trainer Mike Maker plans to bring the son of Kitten’s Joy to Churchill Downs Friday and work Saturday. Oscar Nominated worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 at Trackside this past Saturday.
SUDDENBREAKINGNEWS – Samuel Henderson’s Arkansas Derby (GI) runner-up Suddenbreakingnews galloped after the renovation break with exercise rider Ramiro Gorostieta aboard.
Trainer Donnie Von Hemel said Suddenbreakingnews, 12th on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, would work this coming weekend with weather holding the key to the day.
Luis Quinonez, who has been aboard Suddenbreakingnews in all eight of his starts, has the Derby mount.
TOM’S READY – G M B Racing’s Tom’s Ready jogged shortly after the track opened under exercise rider Emerson Chavez.
Trained by Dallas Stewart, Tom’s Ready had worked five furlongs in 1:01 on Saturday and Monday’s exercise was his first on the track since the breeze.
WHITMORE – Robert LaPenta, Harry Rosenblum and Southern Springs Stable’s Whitmore had a regularly scheduled walk day at trainer Ron Moquett’s barn.
Whitmore will be ridden in Derby 142 by Victor Espinoza. Espinoza will be attempting to become the first jockey to win three consecutive runnings of the race. Espinoza won in 2014 on California Chrome and last year with American Pharoah.
Unedited notes from Churchill Downs