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Current Kentucky Oaks lineup: April 24

April 24th, 2014

Here is the current Kentucky Oaks lineup as of April 24 with known jockeys listed. The fillies are listed in order of points, with number of points in parenthesis. The field is limited to 14.

1. Untapable (160) (Jockey: Rosie Napravnik)

Worked 5f in 1:00 flat on Sunday

2. Sugar Shock (120) (Jockey: Calvin Borel)

Slated to work at Churchill Downs Friday

3. Fashion Plate (110) (Jockey: Gary Stevens)

Slated to work Saturday at Santa Anita; ships to Churchill Downs Monday

4. In Tune (100) oaks logo 2014

Arrived Tuesday; took first trip over Churchill track Wednesday

5. My Miss Sophia (100)

Worked with stablemate Got Lucky April 19 at Churchill Downs; 4f in :48

6. Rosalind (78) (Jockey: Joel Rosario)

Will work at Churchill Downs this weekend

7. Room Service (70)

Decision on Oaks status is pending

8. Got Lucky (64)

Worked at Churchill Downs last Saturday with My Miss Sophia; 4f in :48.00

9. Aurelia’s Belle (64) (Jockey: Channing Hill)

10. Ria Antonia (55) (Jockey: Mike Smith)

Worked 5f in 1:00.60 in blinkers at Churchill Downs on Wednesday

11. Kiss Moon (50)

Worked 5f in 1:00.60 at Churchill Downs Monday

12. Fiftyshadesofgold (40)

Will work Friday at Churchill Downs; possible for Oaks or Eight Belles Stakes

13. Unbridled Forever (30) (Jockey: Robby Albarado)

Worked last Friday at Churchill Downs; 5f  in 1:01.20

14. Thank You Marylou (20)

Worked last Saturday at Churchill Downs; 4f in :49.80

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15. Empress of Midway (15)

Currently at Churchill Downs; needs defection to make field

 

 

 

 

 

Current Kentucky Derby lineup: April 24

April 24th, 2014

Here’s the current Kentucky Derby lineup as of April 24. The Derby field is limited to the top 20 in points (points in parentheses) and four also-eligibles.

Those with a * remain on the undecided list as far as Derby status.

1. California Chrome (150) (Jockey: Victor Espinoza)

Slated for final pre-Derby work Saturday at Los Alamitos; will arrive at Churchill Downs Monday

2. Vicar’s in Trouble (120) (Jockey: Rosie Napravnik)

Moved from Churchill Trackside to Churchill Downs Tuesday; set to work this weekend

3. Dance With Fate (108) (Jockey: Corey Nakatani)

Set to have final pre-Derby work, possibly on turf, at Santa Anita Saturday; ships to Louisville on Monday

4. Wicked Strong (102) (Jockey: Rajiv Maragh)

Set to work at Belmont on Friday; will van to Louisville on Saturday

5. Samraat (100) (Jockey: Jose Ortiz)

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Set to arrive in Louisville on Monday

6. Danza (100) (Jockey: Joe Bravo)

Has been galloping at Churchill Downs

7. Hoppertunity (95) (Jockey: Mike Smith)

Worked in tandem with stable mate Drill on Wednesday at Churchill Downs; went 5f in 1:00.20

8. Intense Holiday (93) (Jockey: John Velazquez)

Arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday and went to the track on Wednesday

9. Wildcat Red (90) (Jockey: Luis Saez)

Arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday; will work this weekend

10. We Miss Artie (60) (Jockey: Javier Castellano)

Arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday and went to the track Wednesday

11. Ride on Curlin (55) (Jockey: Calvin Borel)

Has been steadily training at Churchill Downs

12. Chitu* (54) (Jockey: Martin Garcia)

Possible scratch from Derby Trial; could enter Derby depending on his work at Churchill Downs Sunday

13. Tapiture (52) (Jockey: Ricardo Santana, Jr.)

Worked solo on Monday at Churchill Downs in 1:02.80.

14. Ring Weekend* (50) (Jockey: Alan Garcia)

Derby status pending; decision after Friday work at Fair Hill

15. General a Rod (40) (Jockey: Joel Rosario)

Worked solo at Churchill Downs on Wednesday; went 5f in 1:03.40; could work again on Tuesday

16. Medal Count (40) (Jockey: Robby Albarado)

Steadily training at Churchill Downs; slated to work Saturday

17. Candy Boy (30) (Jockey: Gary Stevens)

Arrived at Churchill Downs Tuesday and went to the track Wednesday

18. Uncle Sigh (24) (Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.)

Slated to work at Belmont Friday and ship to Louisville Saturday

19. Vinceremos (20)

Arrived at Churchill Downs on Wednesday

20. Harry’s Holiday (20)

Arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday, went to the track Wednesday

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21. Commanding Curve (20) (Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan)

Needs a defection to make the field

22. Pablo del Monte (20)

Training at Keeneland

23. Bayern (20)

Entered in Derby Trial Saturday

24. Social Inclusion (20)

Works at Gulfstream Thursday

 

Current Kentucky Derby lineup: April 21

April 21st, 2014

Here’s the current Kentucky Derby lineup as of April 21. The Derby field is limited to the top 20 in points (points in parentheses) and four also-eligibles.

Those with a * remain on the undecided list as far as Derby status.

1. California Chrome (150) (Jockey: Victor Espinoza)

2. Vicar’s in Trouble (120)

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3. Dance With Fate (108) (Jockey: Corey Nakatani)

4. Wicked Strong (102)

5. Samraat (100) (Jockey: Jose Ortiz)

6. Danza (100)

7. Hoppertunity (95) (Jockey: Mike Smith)

8. Intense Holiday (93) (Jockey: John Velazquez)

9. Wildcat Red (90) (Jockey: Luis Saez)

10. We Miss Artie (60) (Jockey: Javier Castellano)

11. Ride on Curlin (55) (Jockey: Calvin Borel)

12. Chitu* (54) (listed as likely for Derby Trial)

13. Tapiture* (52) (Jockey: Ricardo Santana, Jr.)

14. Ring Weekend* (50) (decision after Friday work)

15. General a Rod (40) (Jockey: Joel Rosario)

16. Medal Count (40)

17. Candy Boy (30) (Jockey: Gary Stevens)

18. Uncle Sigh (24) (Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.)

19. Vinceremos (20)

20. Harry’s Holiday (20)

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22. Commanding Curve (20) (Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan)

23. Pablo del Monte (20)

 

Tapiture glides over Churchill surface; Bayern, Chitu work

April 21st, 2014

By J.J. Hysell

Working solo over the Churchill Downs track that he favors, Tapiture looked smooth and comfortable going five furlongs in 1:02.80 on Monday.

Tapiture during his five furlong work Monday (Photo credit: Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer)

Tapiture during his five furlong work Monday (Photo credit: Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer)

Tapiture regressed off his Southwest (winner) and Rebel (second) performances when he finished fourth in the Arkansas Derby, but the colt has shown an affinity for Churchill Downs. As a 2-year-old he was third in the Iroquois Stakes and won the Kentucky Jockey Club.

Tapiture will reunite with jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr., for the Derby. He was ridden by Joel Rosario in the Arkansas Derby.

From Churchill Downs press notes:

Tapiture was recorded by Churchill Downs’ clockers in fractional splits of  :13.40, :25.80 and :38.  He galloped out six furlongs in 1:16.40.

“I loved how relaxed he was, pre-breeze and stuff,” Asmussen said.  “He went around there nice and smooth.  I think that it’s a very big deal for both him and (Kentucky Oaks contender) Untapable to have all the time that they’ve spent here at Churchill previously – just to settle back in and get into a routine.”

“It’s not the trip that he needs,” Asmussen said.  “I think we identify that and hopefully he’ll bounce back and run a huge race here. I think it (the Kentucky Derby) is a tremendously competitive race, with California Chrome possibly standing out from a ‘numbers’ standpoint.  But he’s got to do that here.  We’ve got nothing but respect for him, but I think everybody else is kind of in the same boat.”

Bob Baffert called an audible and worked Bayern and Chitu together Monday. The tandem worked four furlongs in :47.60 with Bayern going the best of the two. It was a strong gallop out for Bayern. It is unlikely either of these colts will enter the Derby.

From Churchill press notes:

Chitu, with Joel Rosario up, started about three-quarters of a length in front of Bayern, who was ridden by Rosie Napravnik. Fractions for the work were :12, :23.80 and :35.60 with a five-furlong gallop out time of 1:01 for Chitu while Bayern went out in 1:00.20 and six furlongs in 1:13.40.

 

 

Wildcat Red works under Luis Saez; ships to Churchill Tuesday

April 20th, 2014

Edited from Gulfstream Park release

With Luis Saez aboard, Wildcat Red breezed four furlongs in 48.69 seconds Sunday over the fast Gulfstream surface before galloping out five furlongs in 1:02.30 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3.

“He was flying. The good thing was he got his last eighth in 11-flat,” said trainer Jose Garoffalo. “That’s all we needed. We don’t need anything more than that.”

Saez became available to ride Wildcat Red Saturday, when Cairo Prince was withdrawn with an ankle injury. The 21-year-old, who expressed his sadness for Cairo Prince’s owners and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, was pleased with Wildcat Red’s workout Sunday.

“He’s a nice horse. He worked really good,” said Saez. “He seems better now than when I rode him.”

Saez, who had ridden Cairo Prince in the Holy Bull before his disappointing fifth in the Florida Derby, was always Garoffalo’s first choice to ride Wildcat Red. When Cairo Prince qualified on points for the Derby field last week, Garoffalo and the Honors Stable Corp. had turned to Rafael Bejarano earlier in the week, only to make a switch and give the mount to Saez Saturday.

“He’s a great rider. He’s a smart guy. Remember, he’s still such a young guy. He’s so mature for his age. All the time, he was my first choice since the Fountain of Youth. But we couldn’t get together because he had a commitment to the other horse, Cairo Prince, in the Florida Derby,” Garoffalo said. “Now, he’s open, so why not put him on the horse?”

Wildcat Red, who has been no worse than second in seven starts since breaking his maiden at Gulfstream on Sept. 14, has been ridden by five different riders in his last five races.

“This is what I’ve been trying to do all along – get a steady rider,” Garoffalo said. “I’ve been trying to get a rider who’d stay on the horse, but we never did … until now. Now, we have Luis and hopefully everything will work out all right.”

Garoffalo said Wildcat Red will walk Monday and ship to Kentucky after walking Tuesday morning. Saez is scheduled to be aboard Wildcat Red for his final workout before the Derby next Saturday or Sunday at Churchill.

 

Trainer Larry Jones showing significant improvement

April 20th, 2014

By J.J. Hysell

Trainer Larry Jones, who was injured Saturday in a fall at Delaware Park, is showing significant improvement according to an update from Fox Hill Farm.

A post from Fox Hill Farm’s Rick Porter on Sunday evening stated the following:

“I spoke with Cindy Jones, Larry’s wife, today and Larry is doing much better. He is expected to leave ICU tomorrow for a regular room. The doctors have been very encouraged with Larry’s tests today. Things are looking up!”

Jones suffered multiple injuries after being unseated from a 2-year-old on the track, according to the Daily Racing Form. http://www.drf.com/news/larry-jones-severely-injured-fall-delaware-park

 

 

 

Untapable cruises, makes favorable impression in Sunday work

April 20th, 2014

Top Kentucky Oaks contender Untapable cruised in a work Sunday morning at Churchill Downs, going five furlongs in 1:00 with Rosie Napravnik aboard.

Untapable made a favorable impression in her work Sunday. Photo credit: Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer

Untapable made a favorable impression in her work Sunday. Photo credit: Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer

The Steve Asmussen trainee, undefeated over the Churchill Downs surface, is likely to be the Oaks favorite.

From Churchill Downs notes:

Untapable covered the distance in fractional times of :12.40, :24.40 and :36.40 and hit the finish line approximately nine lengths in front of her workmate. She galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.60.

“It is a remedy that we’ve been using all winter is to let Rosie work her a couple of weeks out (from a race),” Asmussen said.  “With how it’s been working, we wanted her to stay on the same path and it’s because of how talented she (Untapable) is. You’ve got to let her do something sometime.

“She’s a tremendously talented filly that’s traveling extremely well. There’s no denying her ability and this is more of the same. This is what we’ve seen all winter. She’s just exceptional.”

Untapable is likely to have her final pre-Oaks work on April 27.

 

Current Kentucky Derby lineup: April 20

April 20th, 2014

Here’s the current Kentucky Derby lineup as of April 20. The Derby field is limited to the top 20 in points (points in parentheses) and four also-eligibles.

Those with a * remain on the undecided list as far as Derby status.

1. California Chrome (150) (Jockey: Victor Espinoza)

2. Vicar’s in Trouble (120)

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3. Dance With Fate (108) (Jockey: Corey Nakatani)

4. Wicked Strong (102)

5. Samraat (100) (Jockey: Jose Ortiz)

6. Danza (100)

7. Hoppertunity (95) (Jockey: Mike Smith)

8. Intense Holiday (93) (Jockey: John Velazquez)

9. Wildcat Red (90) (Jockey: Luis Saez)

10. We Miss Artie (60) (Jockey: Javier Castellano)

11. Ride on Curlin (55) (Jockey: Calvin Borel)

12. Chitu* (54)

13. Tapiture* (52) (Jockey: Ricardo Santana, Jr.)

14. Midnight Hawk* (52) (listed as “unlikely”)

15. Ring Weekend* (50)

16. General a Rod (40) (Jockey: Joel Rosario)

17. Medal Count (40)

18. Candy Boy (30) (Jockey: Gary Stevens)

19. Uncle Sigh (24) (Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.)

20. Vinceremos (20)

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21. Harry’s Holiday (20)

22. Commanding Curve (20) (Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan)

 

Pletcher on Danza: “I loved the way he trained this morning.”

April 19th, 2014

Trainer Todd Pletcher expressed his contentment with Arkansas Derby winner Danza’s favorable impression over the Churchill Downs track Saturday morning.

Danza, a son of Street Boss who shocked bettors by winning the Arkansas Derby at 41-1, galloped along with other Derby contenders Chitu, Ride on Curlin and Medal Count.

From Churchill Downs notes:

“I loved the way he trained this morning,”  Pletcher said. “He looked dynamite out there today. So hopefully the next couple of weeks go as well as the last one did.

“I think he got lost in the shuffle a little bit, and most people that went back and looked at his PPs (past performances) after he won the Arkansas Derby were like, ‘This horse really hadn’t done  anything wrong.’ Trying to get to that two-turn race (into him), we felt the  best way was to start back in a seven-furlong allowance.

“I think it set him up well for (the Arkansas Derby), but I was still pleasantly surprised at how well  he handled the mile-and-an-eighth. He finished up really strongly and had his legs up underneath him at the end and galloped out strongly. That’s encouraging stuff for here.”