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Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®

Daily Derby Update: Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020



Attachment Rate worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 over a fast main track Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.

Authentic worked six furlongs in 1:12.40 at Del Mar and will ship in tomorrow.

Rushie will bypass the Derby and run in the Pat Day Mile, leaving the Derby field at 17.

Sole Volante arrived at Churchill today via van from Palm Meadows.


ART COLLECTOR – Bruce Lunsford’s Art Collector jogged two miles at 7:30 a.m. Sunday with jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. in the saddle.

“If he’s happy, we’re happy,” said trainer Tommy Drury as he stood alongside his prized colt while he grazed near Barn 3. “He came out of his work in great shape and we’re just keeping him as happy as possible.”

ATTACHMENT RATE – Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister’s $200,000 Ellis Park Derby runner-up Attachment Rate worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 Sunday morning with exercise rider Faustino Herrarte in the irons.

“I thought his race at Ellis made him worthy of trying the Derby,” trainer Dale Romans said. “This was his second work back from the race, and we wanted to put a nice five-eighths move in him. He ran well over the winter in both the Gotham and the Unbridled. He hung in there pretty well to finish second behind Art Collector at Ellis.”

Attachment Rate is scheduled to walk the shedrow Monday.

In one way, Romans said he would feel just as good about a Derby win without spectators “Give me that little gold trophy, put an asterisk by my name, and I’ll be happy,” he said.

But without fans, the thrill of the event is lacking a bit. "It feels like it's more about winning the money now than it is the pageantry of the Derby," he said. "I never thought about winning purse money in the Derby before. It feels more like a big race, not The Big Race."

As for the competitors in the race, Romans said having the Derby in September means "different horses are ready now, that's just nature. We may not have been in here without the extension, so I'm not going to complain about it."


AUTHENTIC – Spendthrift Farm, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stables and Starlight Racing’s Grade 1 winner Authentic completed his last bit of fine tuning in advance of his expected run in the 146th Kentucky Derby, covering six furlongs in 1:12.40 at Del Mar on Sunday morning.

With Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert keeping watch, Authentic worked solo with exercise rider Juan Ochoa in the irons en route to posting his fourth consecutive bullet move. The son of Into Mischief has had Baffert singing his praises with the way he has progressed since capturing the Haskell Stakes (GI) at Monmouth Park on July 18.

“Authentic is really doing well. I see him turning the corner,” Baffert said. “Both of my horses (Authentic and Thousand Words), I think they’re live. We just need some luck, you never know what is going to happen with that many horses in there.”

Authentic is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Monday on a flight from Southern California.


ENFORCEABLE – John Oxley’s Enforceable returned to the track a day after working a half-mile in :49.60 for a leisurely jog once around the track and a visit to the new Kentucky Derby starting gate under assistant trainer David Carroll.

Enforceable jogged in the mile chute before standing in the gate and then jogging around the track.

Adam Beschizza, who worked Enforceable Saturday morning, has the Derby mount.


FINNICK THE FIERCE – Arnaldo Monge and trainer Rey Hernandez’s Finnick the Fierce continued his Kentucky Derby training at The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington.

Seventh in the Blue Grass in his most recent start, Finnick the Fierce galloped a mile and a quarter this morning and will train there again Monday morning before vanning to Churchill Downs Monday afternoon.

Martin Garcia has the Derby mount.


HONOR A. P. – C R K Stable LLC’s Honor A. P. completed his final major workout by breezing seven furlongs Saturday afternoon in 1:27.20 over a fast Del Mar track about an hour before the first race. Regular rider Mike Smith was aboard.

Clockers caught the Honor Code ridgling in splits of :25.80, :37.80, :50.20, 1:02.80 and 1:14.80 before he completed the work and galloped out a mile in 1:40.80.

“I just wanted an easy seven-eighths,” trainer John Shirreffs said. “He got it; we’re good to go now.”

Honor A. P. is scheduled to ship to Churchill Downs on Monday.


KING GUILLERMO – Victoria’s Ranch’s King Guillermo walked the shedrow early Sunday morning following his :52.20 half-mile move Saturday.


MAJOR FED – Lloyd Madison Farm’s $300,000 Indiana Derby runner-up Major Fed returned to the track Sunday following his sharp five-furlong move in :59 Friday at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Greg Foley, Major Fed schooled in the paddock before jogging about a mile with exercise rider Margarito Fierro aboard.


MAX PLAYER – George Hall and SportBLX Thoroughbred’s Max Player was one of the first Kentucky Derby probable entrants to train at Churchill Sunday, galloping 1 1/2 miles under Juan Vargas at 5:50 am. On Monday, he's scheduled to put in the final Derby workout of the prospective field for trainer Steve Asmussen.


MONEY MOVES – Robert LaPenta and Bortolazzo Stable’s Money Moves, who worked five furlongs in 1:00.14 at Saratoga on Friday for trainer Todd Pletcher, is scheduled to ship to Churchill Downs on Monday.

Money Moves returned to the track Sunday morning and galloped 1 3/8 miles and is scheduled to do the same Monday before shipping.

“The horse ran well last time out and has been training sharply,” said Pletcher, who is not coming to Louisville. “I felt like it’s an opportunity you don’t get very often. He’s doing well so we figured we would take a shot.

“We were really pleased with his breeze. I thought it went extremely well, and he came out of it in good shape the next morning. I spoke to Jerry Bortolazzo, and everyone is excited about the opportunity. We figure it's a once in a lifetime opportunity for these guys to take a shot with a horse that is training well.”

Money Moves will be stabled in four-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas’ barn. Pletcher is a former Lukas assistant trainer.

Javier Castellano has the Derby mount.


NECKER ISLAND – Raymond Daniels, Wayne Scherr and Will Harbut Racing’s Necker Island walked the shedrow at trainer Chris Hartman’s barn.

Third in the Ellis Park Derby and Indiana Derby in his past two starts, Necker Island is scheduled to return to the track Monday morning. Miguel Mena has the Derby mount.


NY TRAFFIC – John Fanelli, Cash is King and Paul Beaverman’s Ny Traffic returned to the track for the first time since his Friday work (:59.45 for five furlongs) and jogged a mile at Saratoga. He is scheduled to join likely Kentucky Derby favorite Tiz the Law on a flight from upstate New York Monday.

Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. said the colt was “doing well” via text.


RUSHIE – Jim and Donna Daniell’s Rushie will target Saturday’s $500,000 Pat Day Mile presented by LG&E and KU rather than the Kentucky Derby, according to vice president of racing Ben Huffman.


SOLE VOLANTE – Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Andie Biancone’s Sole Volante arrived at Churchill Downs shortly after 10 a.m. after vanning from his South Florida base.

Trained by Patrick Biancone, Sole Volante will be ridden by Luca Panici.


STORM THE COURT – David Bernsen, Exline-Border Racing, Dan Hudock and Susanna Wilson’s Storm the Court, who worked six furlongs in 1:12.80 at Del Mar on Saturday, walked the shedrow Sunday morning at trainer Peter Eurton’s barn.

The 2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner is scheduled to fly to Louisville Monday and Eurton will be here Tuesday morning.

Julien Leparoux has the Derby mount.


THOUSAND WORDS – Albaugh Family Stables and Spendthrift Farm’s Thousand Words walked the shedrow at Del Mar Sunday morning, a day after working five furlongs in :59.80 for trainer Bob Baffert.

Florent Geroux is named to ride Thousand Words who is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Monday 


TIZ THE LAW – Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law walked the shedrow at trainer Barclay Tagg’s barn at Saratoga a day after working five furlongs in :59.21.

The presumptive favorite for Derby 146 is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs Monday.

Manny Franco has the Derby mount.


WINNING IMPRESSION – West Point Thoroughbreds’ and Pearl Racing’s graded stakes placed Winning Impression returned to the track to jog Sunday morning for trainer Dallas Stewart.

He was the first to school in the new 20-stall starting gate.

“It’s cliché but he seems to really be training well,” Stewart joked. “We’re in the big dance and we’ll be ready to roll.”


PROSPECTIVE KENTUCKY DERBY FIELD WITH JOCKEYS -- Likely starters in the 146th running of the $3 million, Grade I Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve to be run for 3-year-olds at 1 1/4 miles on Saturday, Sept. 5 (in order of preference): Tiz the Law (jockey Manny Franco); Authentic (John Velazquez); Art Collector (Brian Hernandez Jr.); Honor A. P. (Mike Smith); Ny Traffic (Paco Lopez); King Guillermo (Samy Camacho); Thousand Words (Florent Geroux); Max Player (Ricardo Santana Jr.); Enforceable (Adam Beschizza); Major Fed (James Graham); Storm the Court (Julien Leparoux); Attachment Rate (Joe Talamo); Sole Volante (Luca Panici); Finnick the Fierce (Martin Garcia); Winning Impression (Joe Rocco Jr.); Necker Island (Miguel Mena); Money Moves (Javier Castellano).

Edited by Dick Downey


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