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Take Charge Indy and Done Talking in front of the twin spires on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday Kentucky Derby Workouts

Date: 05/02/2012

Wednesday morning bright, sunny, and warm at Churchill Downs, with the heat expected to get much worse as the day goes on. Quite a few of the Derby and Oaks horses came out at their special private workout session at 8:30 after the break, including several who arrived at Churchill Downs yesterday. Below are photos for 16 Derby horses and 8 Oaks fillies from this morning on the track. Full barn notes for today are available here.

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Alpha was out for a gallop this morning and looked good. He drew post position 11 for the Derby. After the draw, his trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said, "We're first in the gate. But he's been great. It's just going to make me more nervous. He's fine. It's a good position in gate, No. 11. It's just that he has to load first. We didn't really want that. It's OK. We can't do anything about it. He's been great. I'll just be nervous until they spring the latch."
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Bodemeister was out for a gallop after just walking the track yesterday. He drew post position 6 for the Derby. After the draw, his trainer Bob Baffert said, "I was relieved that he didn't get the one hole. I just didn't want to be stuck on the rail, like I was with Lookin at Lucky and had that horrible feeling. I think all the good horses drew really well for this race. It's going to be very competitive."
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Creative Cause schooling in the paddock during the second race this afternoon. He was very excited and on his toes. He drew post position 8 for the Derby. After the draw, his trainer Mike Harrington said, "It's perfect. The post gives him a chance to get out and get a good stalking position. Depending on the speed, I expect him to three or four lengths off the leaders. That's the way he runs."
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Done Talking galloping during the morning works and schooling in the paddock during the second race this afternoon. He drew post position 17 for the Derby. After the draw, his trainer Hamilton Smith said, "I would have liked to be a little further down inside than 17, but we'll take it. I'm just glad to have a horse in the post parade. There's a lot of speed in the middle of the gate that might be out and gone, leaving us a chance to get over some. We'll let (jockey) Sheldon (Russell) do his best from there."
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Dullahan galloped again this morning. He drew post position 5 for the Derby. After the draw, his trainer Dale Romans said, "It's obviously a good spot when the five-hole is one of the winningest post positions in Derby history (eight wins, tied for second-most since 1930). I don't think the post draw was quite as important to our horse compared to some of the other speed horses, or when we had Shackleford last year. It's good to be there in post five."
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El Padrino arrived from Florida yesterday and was out on the track for a gallop today. He drew post position 16 for the Derby.
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Gemologist arrived from Florida yesterday and was out on the track for a gallop today. He drew post position 15 for the Derby. After the draw, his trainer Todd Pletcher said, "Perfect. It worked out perfect. I love the 15, the first one in the auxiliary gate. There's a little space there. He's outside all the speed. They're both together, so it makes it easier in the paddock."
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Hansen arrived this morning from Churchill's Trackside Training Center. He drew post position 14 for the Derby. During the draw, there were only 2 post positions left, 1 or 14, when Hansen was finally drawn. His trainer Mike Maker said, "There's nothing you can do about it, so I don't worry about it." On drawing the 14 he said, "Perfect. We've got the little space between the gates. It couldn't have gone any better."

I'll Have Another was out for a gallop again this morning. He drew post position 19 for the Derby. After the draw, his trainer Doug O'Neill said, "It's not ideal, but it's better than being inside. We will get to load late, so that is a plus. We'll be outside all the speed so we'll probably have a good chance to get good position. If they go 46 [seconds] or 47 and change for a half [mile], I'll feel good. That will put him in position to close strongly."

Liaison schooling in the paddock during the second race this afternoon. He drew post position 20 for the Derby. After the draw his trainer Bob Baffert said, "It's not upsetting. I was hoping for maybe the 16 or something like that. I wanted him on the outside because he doesn't like to take a lot of dirt. At least he's going to have a clear shot. He can just take his time with him from there and move down. It's not the end of the world."

Optimizer was taken out by his trainer D. Wayne Lukas and galloped around a couple laps. He drew post position 2 for the Derby. After the draw, Lukas said, "Not good. Well, it's not so bad. My horse isn't going to be that quick. You get down there and you are going to get a lot of dirt. We'll have to deal with it. I'm in the race, and that's the main thing."

Prospective galloped several laps and wasn't even breathing hard afterwards. He drew post position 12 for the Derby. After the draw, his trainer Mark Casse said, "Anywhere between 5 and 14 was what I said I wanted, and last I checked, 12 falls between them. It's kind of a good draw for our style. I see us being mid-pack. We have to have a perfect trip to be a competitor, but our horse is training extremely well."

Rousing Sermon schooling in the paddock during the fourth race this afternoon. He drew post position 7 for the Derby. After the draw, his trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said, "It's a good post for us. He should be able to get out of the gate good and get good position. There's speed inside and outside, so we're in good shape. I think Trinniberg will make the lead and drag Bodemeister along with him. I'm hoping we will be in mid-pack after a half-mile, but not on the rail." Co-owner and co-breeder Larry D. Williams said, "If Jerry's happy, I'm happy."

Take Charge Indy arrived from Florida yesterday and was out on the track for a gallop today with jockey Calvin Borel aboard. He drew post position 3 for the Derby. After the draw, his trainer Patrick Byrne said, "I love it. We're inside. We are going to have an inside trip. Now we're in the three hole; I'm glad we didn't get the one. I called (jockey Calvin Borel's) agent (Jerry Hissam) and to quote Calvin, he said' dangerous.' It's a great spot. Borel wanted three to eight and we got three. We were three in the Florida Derby and he was three the first time he ran."

Trinniberg schooling in the paddock during the second race this afternoon. He drew post position 9 for the Derby. After the draw, his owner Shivananda Parbhoo said, "I like it. We won't have to use too much. We can get position where he's supposed to be."

Union Rags was out for a gallop this morning. He drew post position 4 for the Derby. After the draw, his trainer Michael Matz said, "We're going to have him run out of there a little bit, but that's not the worst thing in the world. My original thought was that I wasn't crazy about it, but where everybody is, I don't think it's so bad."

Went the Day Well schooling in the paddock during the third race this afternoon. He drew post position 13 for the Derby. After the draw, his trainer Graham Motion said, "It's great. I said before that I'd like 10 through 16, so it's perfect. The speed seems to be all around us, which is fine. I'm very happy where we are."

Amie's Dini, the Fantasy Stakes (G2) runner-up, had an easy jog this morning after the renovation break and will school in the paddock during Thursday's program at Churchill Downs. The $3,000 sales purchase drew post 13 of 14 for the Oaks.

Believe You Can with trainer Larry Jones up, gallops on Tuesday morning. Today the duo walked around the paddock and stood in the same stall she'll be saddled in Friday before galloping five-eighths of a mile.

Broadway's Alibi galloped 1 1/4 miles under exercise rider Carlos Cano at Churchill Downs in preparation for a start in Friday's Kentucky Oaks (G1). The daughter of Vindication arrived Tuesday morning after a flight from South Florida.

Eden's Moon galloped 1 1/2 miles Wednesday morning.

Grace Hall, the morning like favorite for the Oaks on Friday, arrived at Churchill Downs yesterday and was out for gallop today. The Anthony Dutrow-trained 3-year-old filly galloped about a mile under exercise rider Carol Fisher.

Jemima's Pearl galloped 1 1/2 miles Wednesday morning. Bob Baffert, who trainer both her and Eden's Moon said, "They're different," Baffert said. "Eden's Moon is speed. The other one is still green and learning. I think the distance won't be a problem for either one of them."

Sacristy galloped a mile Wednesday morning and schooled in the paddock schooling during the seventh race this afternoon.
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