Goldencents, Itsmyluckyday now on the grounds
Horse racing insight that's loose on the lead
Itsmyluckyday was hungry when he disembarked from the van at Churchill Downs
Santa Anita Derby winner Goldencents was excited to arrive at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby
Calder Race Course shared this photo of Itsmyluckyday as he embarks on his journey from Florida to Kentucky.
Due to the expected inclement weather this weekend, trainer Todd Pletcher moved works of five Derby contenders to Saturday. They were originally scheduled for Sunday.
Pletcher said Oaks contenders Unlimited Budget, Dreaming of Julia, Princess of Sylmar and Silsita will likely work early, possibly at 6 a.m., while the colts will work during the special training session for Derby and Oaks contenders at 8:30 a.m.
“Right now, the plan is to work Palace Malice and Overanalyze together and Revolutionary and Charming Kitten will go together,” Pletcher said. “Verrazano will go with (La Troienne contender) Authenticity again. That’s all subject to change, but that’s the tentative plan.”
Jockey John Velazquez is awaiting clearance to ride and will not be aboard Verrazano for Sunday’s work.
Pletcher said Winning Cause, a possible sixth Derby starter, would not work until Sunday or Monday.
Golden Soul, who sits at No. 23 on the Derby points leaderboard, made a strong showing when he worked over the Churchill Downs track Friday.
The son of Perfect Soul, fourth in the Louisiana Derby, went five furlongs in 1:00.80. According to Churchill Downs, the splits were :12.20 for the first eighth of a mile, :24.40 for the quarter, :36 for three-eighths and :48.40 for the half. Golden Soul galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.40.
Trainer Rudy Rodriguez talks about Vyjack’s work of five furlongs in 1:00.40.
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Govenor Charlie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWCLKmfx6rc
Frac Daddy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCM4G5DbDvk
Flashy Gray http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAnpTc3Hlw0
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