Daily Derby Update: Thursday, April 26, 2018

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2:23 pm EDT


AUDIBLE, MAGNUM MOON, NOBLE INDY, VINO ROSSO -- For the first time in three days after arriving at Churchill Downs on Monday, a fast track awaited trainer Todd Pletcher’s four Kentucky Derby hopefuls Thursday morning, a day before their final works for the Run for the Roses.  

All four galloped 1 3/8 mile during the 7:30-7:45 training window for Derby and Kentucky Oaks horses. As usual, Amelia Green was on Audible, Nick Bush on Magnum Moon, Carlos Cano on Noble Indy and Adele Bellinger on Vino Rosso.

“They all galloped well and it was nice to see a fast track,” said Pletcher. “They all have different personalities. We are not looking to set any track records, just good maintenance works. Three of them will work at 7:30: Javier Castellano will be on Audible, John Velazquez on Vino Rosso and Nick on Magnum Moon. Noble Indy will work at 9 o’clock with Florent Geroux up.”

Luis Saez is the Derby rider for Magnum Moon, and Pletcher said there was a “good chance” Geroux would wind up on Noble Indy.

A little more than an hour after this year’s Derby contingent galloped, Always Dreaming, the 2017 Derby winner, tuned up for next Friday’s 15th running of the Alysheba Stakes by working a half-mile in :49.20 (18/50) under Bush. Churchill Downs clockers caught Always Dreaming in fractions of 12.80 andn 25.00 and then galloping out five furlongs in 1:02.00, six furlongs in 1:14.80 and seven-eighths in 1:28.40. The half-mile work was the 18th fastest of 50 at the distance.

“I was very happy with him. He was very enthusiastic and galloped out strong,” Pletcher said. “Nick had to reach up and get him to slow down at the half-mile pole by the kitchen.”

With the Breeders’ Cup World Championships here this year, Always Dreaming could return here in the fall for a run in the Classic. “That would be ideal, but let’s see him get through the Alysheba first,” Pletcher said.

BRAVAZO – Bravazo galloped 1 ½ mile Thursday morning at 7:30 with exercise rider Danielle Rosier aboard for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Lukas has not confirmed a jockey for Bravazo and expects the colt to breeze this weekend.

COMBATANT, DREAM BABY DREAM – Combatant, currently number 19 on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, schooled in the gate Thursday morning at 7:30 along with number 22 Dream Baby Dream and galloped 1 ½ mile for trainer Steve Asmussen.

ENTICED – Enticed worked five furlongs in company in 1:00.20 at Palm Meadows in Florida this morning under exercise rider Jason Eracia. He worked last Thursday at Palm Meadows in 1:01.20

“He worked great,” trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said of the Wood Memorial runner-up. “I am very happy with him, and he has done well (since the April 7 Wood Memorial).”

Enticed is scheduled to leave Florida on Sunday and arrive at Churchill Downs on Monday. McLaughlin will be arriving in Louisville Monday night.

Junior Alvarado, who has ridden Enticed in five of his six starts, has the Derby mount.

FLAMEAWAY – Flameaway galloped 1 ½ mile under Chris Garraway during the 7:30-7:45 training window for Derby and Oaks horses. Trainer Mark Casse is scheduled to be at the barn Saturday morning when Flameaway is scheduled to breeze.

FREE DROP BILLY, PROMISES FULFILLED – Free Drop Billy and Promises Fulfilled galloped 1 ½ mile for trainer Dale Romans. Both horses are expected to breeze Saturday morning at 7:30, according to Romans.

GOOD MAGIC – Good Magic galloped 1 ½ mile under Walter Malasquez at 7:30 for trainer Chad Brown. It was Good Magic’s first day galloping over a track rated since arriving at Churchill on Sunday from Keeneland.

“I liked what I saw,” Brown said.

Good Magic is scheduled to work Saturday with Malasquez aboard. Jose Ortiz has the Derby mount.

HOFBURG – Hofburg visited the paddock and then galloped about a mile and a half under Penny Gardiner at 7:30. Trainer Bill Mott plans to work Hofburg on Sunday with Gardiner up. Irad Ortiz Jr. has the Derby mount.

LONE SAILOR – Lone Sailor galloped 1 ½ mile at 7:30 a.m. under exercise rider Maurice Sanchez for trainer Tom Amoss. The colt is scheduled to breeze early Friday morning, according to Amoss.

MY BOY JACK – My Boy Jack had a regular walk day for trainer Keith Desormeaux. He is scheduled to go to the track Friday morning with Desormeaux on hand and is scheduled to work Saturday.

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 order of preference -- 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 (Luis 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 order of preference -- Red Ruby (TBA), Exuberance (TBA), Heavenhasmynikki (TBA), Kelly’s Humor (TBA).


$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

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