Daily Derby Update: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
AUDIBLE, MAGNUM MOON, NOBLE INDY, VINO ROSSO – All four of trainer Todd Pletcher’s Derby hopefuls galloped 1 3/8 mile during the 7:30-7:45 a.m. training period reserved for Derby and Oaks horses.
Amelia Green was on Audible, Nick Bush was on Magnum Moon, Carlos Cano was on Noble Indy, and Adele Bellinger was on Vino Rosso.
The Pletcher contingent is scheduled to work Friday. No rider has been confirmed for Noble Indy. Pletcher’s other riders are John Velazquez on Vino Rosso, Luis Saez on Magnum Moon and Javier Castellano on Audible.
BRAVAZO – Bravazo galloped 1 ½ mile Wednesday morning at 7:30 with exercise rider Danielle Rosier aboard for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Lukas has not confirmed a jockey for Bravazo.
COMBATANT, DREAM BABY DREAM, RERIDE, SNAPPER SINCLAIR – Trainer Steve Asmussen said today that Snapper Sinclair will be given some time off. He also said that Reride could be pointed to the Preakness and not the Derby. Both horses are outside the Top 20 on the Derby points leaderboard.
Combatant, who has enough points to make the Derby starting gate, galloped 1 ½ mile Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. Dream Baby Dream (22 on the leaderboard) trained prior to the exclusive Derby/Oaks training session.
FLAMEAWAY – Flameaway galloped 1 ½ mile at 7:30 with exercise rider Chris Garraway aboard for trainer Mark Casse. Casse is scheduled to be at the track Saturday when Flameaway is scheduled to have his final pre-Derby work. Jose Lezcano has the Derby mount.
FREE DROP BILLY, PROMISES FULFILLED – Free Drop Billy galloped 1 ½ mile under Juan Segundo, and Promises Fulfilled, with Faustino Herrarte aboard, followed with his 1 ½-mile gallop.
“I think it’s been pretty clear how special it would be for me to win the Derby one day,” trainer Dale Romans said. “I feel like that would be my last tip of the cap and could ride away in the sunset if everyone wants me to. We’re excited with both of these horses, especially with how well they breezed last week. We’ll definitely be in front with Promises Fulfilled. We saw what happened in the Florida Derby when someone tried to go with him. So, if they want to try again, be my guest.”
Both horses are expected to breeze Saturday, according to Romans.
GOOD MAGIC – Good Magic galloped 1 1/2 mile under Walter Malasquez at 7:30. He is scheduled to work Saturday, according to trainer Chad Brown. Jose Ortiz has the mount on Good Magic.
HOFBURG -- Hofburg made his first visit to the track at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning as he began his preparations for the 144th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve.
Hofburg arrived at the track Tuesday following a van ride from Payson Park in South Florida. He galloped 1 ¼ mile over a “good’ track under exercise rider Penny Gardiner during the 7:30-7:45 training window for Kentucky Derby and Oaks horses.
“I got on him when he came to Gulfstream when he broke his maiden and for the Florida Derby, so I had some familiarity with him,” Gardiner said.
Trainer Bill Mott has planned Sunday as the day for Hofburg’s final pre-Derby work. Irad Ortiz Jr. has the mount on Hofburg.
LONE SAILOR – Lone Sailor galloped 1 ¾ mile at 7:30 a.m. under exercise rider Maurice Sanchez for trainer Tom Amoss. The colt is scheduled to breeze this week, according to Amoss.
MY BOY JACK – My Boy Jack jogged two miles under exercise rider Peedy Landry at 7:30. Trainer Keith Desormeaux is expected to arrive in Louisville from Ocala, Florida, sometime Thursday with a work scheduled for My Boy Jack on Saturday. Kent Desormeaux has the Derby mount on My Boy Jack.
KENTUCKY DERBY PROBABLES – Audible (jockey Javier Castellano), Bolt d’Oro (Victor Espinoza), Bravazo (TBA), Enticed (Junior Alvarado), Firenze Fire (Paco Lopez), Flameaway (Jose Lezcano), Free Drop Billy (Robby Albarado), Good Magic (Jose Ortiz), Hofburg (Irad Ortiz Jr.), Instilled Regard (TBA), Justify (Mike Smith), Lone Sailor (James Graham), Magnum Moon (Luis Saez), Mendelssohn (Ryan Moore), My Boy Jack (Kent Desormeaux), Noble Indy (TBA), Promises Fulfilled (Corey Lanerie), Solomini (Flavien Prat), Vino Rosso (John Velazquez).
POSSIBLE STARTERS within the Top 20 on the preference list: Combatant (TBA).
NEXT UP IN POINTS ORDER -- Blended Citizen (Kyle Frey), Dream Baby Dream (TBA), Restoring Hope (TBA), Sporting Chance (TBA), Givemeaminit (TBA) and Pony Up (TBA).
KENTUCKY OAKS PROBABLES – Blamed (jockey Ken Tohill), Chocolate Martini (TBA), Classy Act (TBA), Coach Rocks (Saez), Eskimo Kisses (TBA), Midnight Bisou (TBA), Monomoy Girl (Florent Geroux), My Miss Lilly (Joe Bravo), Patrona Margarita (TBA), Rayya (Drayden Van Dyke), Sassy Sienna (Gary Stevens), Take Charge Paula (TBA), Wonder Gadot (John Velazquez).
POSSIBLE STARTERS within the Top 14 on the preference list: Amy’s Challenge (TBA).
NEXT UP IN POINTS ORDER: Red Ruby (TBA), Exuberance (TBA), Heavenhasmynikki (TBA), Kelly’s Humor (TBA).
PROSPECTIVE FIELDS FOR UPCOMING STAKES
$100,000 KENTUCKY JUVENILE (Entries taken Saturday, race Thursday, May 3) – Probable: Baytown Macca, Blazin Liason, Boucan, Inda Zone, Myhotrodlincoln, Shanghaied Roo
$70,000 OPENING VERSE OVERNIGHT STAKES (Entries taken Saturday, race Thursday May 3) – Probable: Dimension (GB), First Premio, Mr Cub, Royal Son, Royal Squeeze, Serjeant at Arms (IND), Shakhimat, Swagger Jagger, Trust Factor
$400,000 ALYSHEBA (GII) (Entries taken Monday, April 30, race Friday, May 4) – Probable: Always Dreaming, Backyard Heaven, Goats Town, Hence
$350,000 LA TROIENNE (GI) (Entries taken Monday, April 30, race Friday, May 4) – Probable: Abel Tasman, Martini Glass, Streamline. Possible: Ivy Bell, Salty
$200,000 EDGEWOOD (GIII) (Entries taken Monday, April 30, race Friday, May 4) – Probable: Altea (FR), Beyond Blame, Bo Peep, Daddy Is a Legend, Heavenly Love, Kabella, Toinette
$200,000 EIGHT BELLES (GII) (Entries taken Monday, April 30, race Friday, May 4) – Probable: Gas Station Sushi, Hold Her Tight, Kram, Mia Mischief, Salt Bae, Shamrock Rose, Talk Veuve to Me
$200,000 TWIN SPIRES TURF SPRINT (GIII) (Entries taken Monday, April 30, race Friday, May 4) – Probable: Bucchero, Chief Cicatriz, Flashaway, Frisky Magician, Imprimis, Kid Perfect, Latent Revenge, Restless Rambler, Riser, Vision Perfect
$500,000 OLD FORESTER TURF CLASSIC (GI) (Entries taken Tuesday, May 1, race Saturday, May 5) – Probable: Arklow, Beach Patrol, Channel Maker, Deauville (IRE), Kurilov (CHI), Shining Copper, Sir Dudley Digges, Synchrony, War Decree
$500,000 CHURCHILL DOWNS (GII) (Entries taken Tuesday, May 1, race Saturday, May 5) – Probable: Imperial Hint, Limousine Liberal, McCraken, Outplay, Petrov, Unbridled Outlaw, Warrior’s Club
$300,000 AMERICAN TURF (GII) (Entries taken Tuesday, May 1, race Saturday, May 5) – Probable: Admiralty Pier, Arawak, Channel Cat, Dragon Drew, Maraud, Ride a Comet, River Boyne (IRE), Threeandfourpence, Tigers Rule, Tiz Mischief, Untamed Domain
$300,000 HUMANA DISTAFF (GI) (Entries taken Tuesday, May 1, race Saturday, May 5) – Probable: American Gal, Finley’sluckycharm, Jordan’s Henny, Lewis Bay, Miner’s Cat, Skye Diamonds. Possible: Ivy Bell
$300,000 LONGINES DISTAFF TURF MILE (GII) (Entries taken Tuesday, May 1, race Saturday, May 5) – Probable: Juno (BRZ), La Coronel, Madam Dancealot (IRE), Madame Stripes (ARG), On Leave, Psycho Sister, Res Ipsa, Union Strike
$300,000 PAT DAY MILE (GIII) (Entries taken Tuesday, May 1, race Saturday, May 5) – Probable: Believe in Royalty, Givemeaminit, Greyvitos, Lombo, Madison’s Luna, Mask, Mississippi, National Flag, New York Central, Seahenge, Shane Zain, Smart Remark, Title Ready
Churchill Downs release edited by Dick Downey