Kentucky Oaks contender Pure Clan worked 5f on Friday in 1:00.60 under jockey Edgar Prado who will ride her in the Oaks. Working after the renovation break and on her own, Pure Clan galloped out in 1:13.40.
Monday Kentucky Derby Photos
While some of the Kentucky Derby and Oaks horses are already at Churchill Downs, many won't arrive until this week. Here are a few photos from Friday, April 25, and Monday, April 28, courtesy of EquiSportPhotos.com. I will arrive in Louisville tomorrow evening, so look for more starting Wednesday.
Adriano visited the paddock and starting gate before galloping a mile and a half Friday under Xavier Aizpuru after the renovation break. "He never has had any problems at the gate and this is just a precaution," said Alice Clapham, assistant to trainer Graham Motion. "As long as the opportunity is there, we may as well take advantage of it."
Colonel John galloped a mile and a half Friday under Karine Lhuillier after the renovation break. Colonel John is one three Kentucky Derby hopefuls to be undefeated in 2009, winning the Santa Anita Derby and the Sham Stakes. He has made all six of his lifetime starts on synthetic tracks.
Denis of Cork worked a half-mile on Monday in :48 under jockey Calvin Borel over a "fast" track after the renovation break. Trainer David Carroll said, "He worked so good. Nothing this horse does surprises me." The work that was the fifth fastest of 44 at the distance Monday morning. Splits on the work were :12.80, :25, :36.80 and out five furlongs in 1:00.20.
Recapturetheglory galloped two miles on Monday morning. Trainer Louie Roussel III said, "Everybody says he's a longshot. As a trainer, you want to see them get better. There's an old saying, 'the women get better looking at closing time.' You kind of play mind games with yourself – is he good enough, isn't he good enough?" Rousell and co-owner Ronnie Lamarque also owned Risen Star who was third in the 1988 Derby and won the Preakness and Belmont.
Visionaire turned in his final Derby 134 workout Monday morning under jockey Jose Lezcano. The Gotham winner drilled a half-mile just after the renovation break in :48.40, ranking 11th fastest of 33 at the distance. Trainer Michael Matz said, "He just needed a little target to go at; he's not a very good work horse. They don't give away money for works before the race."
Z Fortune galloped a mile and a quarter on Friday under exercise rider Carmen Rosas. Z Fortune "shows his youth," trainer Steve Asmussen said, and his leggy nature makes him a "great, big Ichabod Crane character." The colt's hard effort when second in the Arkansas Derby was encouraging as to the horse's talents, but is "a huge concern for us, a lifetime best with a big, leggy horse (having to run) three weeks later," Asmussen said.
Kentucky Oaks contender Awesome Chic galloped 1/2 miles at Churchill Downs on Monday under exercise rider Ariel Carrasquillo. Trainer Rafael Ramos and owner Jose Acero were present. wesome Chic won the Grade III Florida Oaks at Tampa last out.
Triple Crown quick links:
Oxbow upsets in the Preakness - Oxbow led the entire way in the Preakness Stakes (G1) on Saturday at Pimlico with Itsmyluckyday second and Mylute third. Heavy favorite Orb made a mild move to finish fourth. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Preakness undercard stakes results - There were 7 other stakes on the card, highlighted by the Dixie Stakes (G2) won by Skyring and the Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes (G3) won by Summer Applause. Get the results, charts, and photos for 6 of the races here.
Fiftyshadesofhay wins the Black-Eyed Susan - Fiftyshadesofhay just got up to win the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) on Friday at Pimlico by a neck over Marathon Lady with favorite Emollient 6th. On the undercard, Last Gunfighter won the Pimlico Special (G3). Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Analyzing the Preakness Stakes Contenders for 2013 - My annual analysis using popular angles and statistical trends to see who best matches the profile of a Preakness winner. The big surprise is that Kentucky Derby winner Orb is not in the top group!
Orb wins the Kentucky Derby - Orb was far back early but took the lead in the stretch and drew off to win the Kentucky Derby (G1) by 2 1/2 lengths over longshot Golden Soul and Revolutionary. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
More Kentucky Derby Photos - More photos from the day including more of Orb, the trophy, the roses, Martina McBride, and lots of mud.
Kentucky Derby undercard stakes results - There were 5 other stakes on Derby day including the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) won by 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan and the Humana Distaff Stakes (G1) won by Aubby K. Get the results, charts, and photos for all 5 races here.
Princess of Sylmar upsets in the Kentucky Oaks - She rallied from far back to win the Kentucky Oaks by a half length over Beholder and Unlimited Budget, while favorite Dreaming of Julia was fourth. Get the results, chart, and photos here.
Kentucky Oaks undercard stakes results - There were 5 other stakes on Oaks day including the La Troienne Stakes (G2) won by Authenticity and the Alysheba Stakes (G3) won by Take Charge Indy. Get the results, charts, and photos for all 5 races here.
Kentucky Oaks Entries - A field of 11 fillies will go, with Gulfstream Oaks winner Dreaming of Julia favorite at 3-1 from post 8. Get the post positions, odds, and free past performances here.
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.