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Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®

Gunnevera Puts in Final Major Work for Kentucky Derby


May Not Work at Churchill Downs

On Friday at Gulfstream Park West, Gunnevera breezed five furlongs in 1:01.00 and galloped out six in 1:14.20.

Video of Workout

“The horse did it very easy. I’m very happy,” trainer Antonio Sano said. “He galloped out good.”

Fifteen minutes later, Gunnevera walked the shedrow without taking a deep breath and ignored a full bucket of water.

“Never in my life have I had a horse that is like this after a race,” Sano said. “He never breathes hard; no water.”

Edgard Zayas, as usual, was aboard the 3-year-old son of Dialed In for the breeze, which produced the third fastest workout of 14 recorded at the five-furlong distance.

“Last week he was a little bit lazy. Today, he was a little bit better, but he’s kind of a lazy horse. He finished strong today. He went really good in the stretch,” Zayas said. “I think he’ll be good for the Derby now.”

Javier Castellano has the Kentucky Derby mount.

Gunnevera is scheduled to van to Churchill Downs tomorrow, leaving Gulfstream Park West at 8:00 a.m. and stopping in Georgia for six hours before continuing on to Kentucky.

Sano is scheduled to fly to Louisville on Monday, and Gunnevera is slated to get enter the Churchill Downs surface Tuesday morning.

Sano said Gunnevera has had his last major workout for the Kentucky Derby and is unsure if he will schedule an official workout in Louisville. Although Gunnevera impressed him today, Sano admitted to being a little keyed up.

“I’m nervous every day. I need to relax,” Sano said. “I know the race won’t be easy with 20 horses, but my horse is very good.”

Sano, however, said he's confident the horse can get the distance.

“I think the mile and a quarter will be better,” he said. “I think there will be a lot of speed in the race. The stretch is very long. I think it’s better for me.”

Edited Gulfstream Park release

Photo by Lauren King


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