One of the outriders catches a loose horse during the works Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs
Wednesday Kentucky Derby Photos
Wednesday morning before the Kentucky Derby saw many of the horses on the track to stretch their legs. Although I was not able to get a photo credential this year, I was able to join Jane Dempsey's Kentucky Derby Junket group to tour the backside and catch some of the morning works plus Amber Chalfin and Patty Yount were nice enough to give me a few additional photos to use.
Here are 13 of the Kentucky Derby horses plus 6 Oaks fillies with comments on what they did.
Dominican jogged a mile, and then quickened his pace to gallop a mile and a quarter over the fast main track.
Great Hunter went to the track after the renovation break with exercise rider Tony Romero aboard, he schooled in the paddock, jogged three-quarters of a mile and galloped 1 1/2 miles.
Hard Spun the son of Danzig schooled in the paddock for 10 minutes, and then went on the track to gallop a mile and three-eighths with trainer Larry Jones aboard.
Liquidity on Tuesday morning schooled in the paddock and jogged about a mile and galloping about 1½ miles.
Stormello was out for a mile-and-a-half gallop Wednesday morning under exercise rider Michelle Nevin. "He went just fine," said trainer Bill Currin. "He wasn't blowing at all after the gallop, and he was hardly wet."
Storm in May galloped a mile and a half at Churchill Downs on Wednesday morning.
Street Sense breezed five furlongs in 1:01 on Tuesday morning.
Teuflesberg had a one-mile gallop on Wednesday morning before the renovation break.
Tiago, a half-brother to 2005 Derby upsetter Giacomo, returned to the racetrack for a second morning at 7:45 after his flight from Los Angeles accompanied by trainer John Shirreffs.
Any Given Saturday had his final work on Sunday at Keeneland with Angel Cordero aboard going 5 furlongs in 1:01 1/5.
Circular Quay worked in company with Kentucky Oaks favorite Rags to Riches again with Cordero aboard on Sunday at Keeneland, going 1:00 1/5 for 5 furlongs.
Scat Daddy also went out Sunday at Keeneland with Cordero aboard and went a speedy 59 2/5 for 5 furlongs, the best of all the Pletcher horses.
-- Oaks Fillies --
Cash Included on Wednesday morning was out shortly after the rennovation break.
Cotton Blossom on Wednesday morning was out before the rennovation break.
Dawn After Dawn was out on Wednesday morning before the break.
Dreaming of Anna on the track Tuesday morning.
High Heels on the track Tuesday morning.
Sealy Hill galloped on Wednesday morning before the break.
Triple Crown quick links:
Top Kentucky Derby Contenders - my list of the top horses headed to the Derby with profiles for each with photos, stats, and link to more info like past performances and pedigree.
Analyzing the top 2013 Kentucky Derby contenders - My annual analysis of the top contenders to try and select a winner by matching each to the profile of a Kentucky Derby winner using many of the more popular angles and statistical trends. This year there were is a 3-way tie for the top spot: Goldencents, Normandy Invasion, and Overanalyze.
2013 Kentucky Derby And Oaks Security - New enhanced stricter rules will be enforced this year. Be sure to read the rules as many have changed and more things are banned. There will still be magnetic wand searches of all patrons and many things are no longer allowed. Check here to make sure you don't bring anything they will confiscate.
Review: Triple Crown Handicapper 2013 - by Jim Mazur. Includes lots of stats for all 3 races and explains how to use a system of statistically derived negative angles to eliminate the "bad" picks.
Review: Kentucky Derby Greatest Moments - Commemorative DVD from Churchill Downs with video from 27 different runnings along with interviews, photos, and historical info. Definitely recommended for any racing fan!
Review: Churchill Downs - America's Most Historic Racetrack by Kimberly Gatto. An entertaining and informative account of the history of the track and it's most famous race, the Kentucky Derby, with lots of photos. Definitely recommended.