After the renovation break at Keeneland pon Friday, Frammento and Joe Bravo worked a half-mile, and now all Nick Zito can do is wait and hope they make it into the Kentucky Derby.
The time for the Toyota Blue Grass fourth-place finisher was recorded in :48.00. Clockers caught the Midshipman colt in fractions of :12.20 and :24.00 with a gallopout in 1:02.40.
Frammento is 21st among point earners vying for a spot in the starting gate for the May 2 Kentucky Derby. Trainer Nick Zito said he was pleased with the move in company with and outside of stable mate Heliodoro until the horses reached the top of the stretch, which Zito said “was just to make him pay attention.”
“It was very professional, very even. That’s what you want,” Zito said. “He’s a true mile and a quarter horse. If he gets in there, he’ll do some damage going a mile and a quarter.”
Zito said Frammento would ship to Churchill Tuesday. If the colt does not run in the Derby, Zito said his next targets would be the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
Carpe Diem Gallops
Carpe Diem's final Derby workout is set Saturday at 5:30 a.m., when Todd Pletcher plans to be in attendance.
The early Saturday work is designed to avoid the possibility of heavy rains in the forecast. On Friday, exercise rider Patti Krotenko and Carpe Diem arrived at Keeneland’s main track at about 10:00, accompanied by assistant trainer Tristan Barry on a lead pony. He galloped about 1 1/2 times around the main track.
“We’re real excited about next weekend,” said WinStar Racing Manager Elliott Walden, who watched Carpe Diem today from the Keeneland boxes. "I don’t have any real concern about this race track. If it holds like it’s held all meet, it’s going to be a great race track in the morning whether it rains or not.”
Bolo Finishes Major Work
Bolo, trained by Carla Gaines, recorded his final workout for the Derby Friday at Santa Anita Park, going five furlongs in company in :59.60, breezing. Rafael Bejarano was up on Bolo. Trainer Carla Gaines said he galloped out six furlong gallop in 1:12 and seven in 1:26.20.
According to a report at Bloodhorse.com, Gaines said she was initially displeased with the beginning of the work. Bejarano had to get a tight hold of the colt when breaking off for the move, but she said she was happy with the result.
"A minute, that's what I wanted," Gaines said. "The other horse started kinda slowly and I didn't want him to grab him, but he settled down."
Edited releases with additional content by Dick Downey