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Nyquist passes in front of the twin spires on Tuesday morning
Tuesday morning was overcast and a bit chilly at Churchill Downs but the track was fast after the renovation break. Many of the Kentucky Derby and Oaks horses came out for their special private workout session at 8:30 after the break, although a few had come out earlier in the day. Below are photos for 20 Derby horses and 5 Oaks fillies from this morning on the track with comments for each.
Brody's Cause followed up Monday's two-mile jog with a strong 1 1/2 mile gallop Tuesday at Churchill Downs. Dennis and Susan Albaugh announced that if their horse, Brody's Cause, wins the 142nd annual running of the Kentucky Derby, he will donate his share of the purse, $500,000 to the Des Moines Area Community College Foundation. "This pledge combines two of my passions, DMACC and horse racing," said Mr. Albaugh, a 1972 DMACC graduate. "It also offers another opportunity for me to share my successes with the College that started me on my career path many years ago. I wouldn't be where I am today without my DMACC education. I'm proud to say DMACC is my university."
Danzing Candy became acquainted with Churchill Downs Tuesday morning after arriving from Southern California on Monday afternoon. With exercise rider Rolando Quinones in the saddle, Danzing Candy, accompanied by a pony, jogged once around the track, before going solo in a light gallop around the oval.
Destin galloped 1 3/8 miles on Tuesday morning under exercise rider Ovel Merida.
Exaggerator was back on the track today after two days of barn walking following his Saturday workout. Exercise rider Peedy Landry galloped him one time around the big oval.
Lani worked five furlongs with exercise rider Eishu Maruuchi aboard in 1:01 over a fast track after the renovation break Tuesday morning. The move was the third fastest of 18 at the distance today. Trainer Mikio Matsunaga (via translator Keita Tanaka) said, "The rider did a very good job. It was a nice work. I think he is fast enough and happy enough to run in the Derby."
Majesto went out for an open gallop this morning. Trainer Gustavo Delgado said, "He looked very good open galloping. He was very relaxed. I think in the Kentucky Derby, the last five furlongs is important. I think the open galloping today will be very good for the last five furlongs. It will help him. For me it's very important for him to finish."
Mo Tom galloped two miles Tuesday morning with exercise rider Mario Garcia aboard.
Mohaymen galloped a spirited 1 1/2 miles at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said, "He was a little more relaxed yesterday. I hoped he'd be relaxed again today. But he's a good mover doing well. Going to the half he kind of hopped again. He's high energy and doing well."
My Man Sam galloped this morning with exercise rider Daniel Bernardini aboard.
Nyquist galloped 1 3/8 miles under regular rider Jonny Garcia this morning. Trainer Doug O'Neill's charge appears likely to be the betting favorite for Derby 142, earned by virtue of his perfect 7-for-7 record.
Outwork galloped 1 3/8 miles on Tuesday morning under exercise rider Hector Ramos.
Shagaf galloped this morning with exercise rider Gian Cueva aboard.
Suddenbreakingnws stood quietly for several minutes and then proceeded to gallop 1 1/2 miles under regular exercise rider Ramiro Gorostieta. Trainer Donnie Von Hemel said, "He's handled things really well. He schooled well yesterday (in the paddock). If you're been here for a while, you have the advantage of being able to get used to the craziness little by little."
Tom's Ready galloped a mile and a half Tuesday with exercise rider Emerson Chavez aboard for trainer Dallas Stewart.
Trojan Nation made his first trip to the track since arriving on Monday afternoon. Excercise rider Andy Durnin said, "We'll just let him jog a mile and then investigate the track a bit We did that in New York; let him look around some, get a feel for it. He likes to check it all out."
Whitmore went to the track during the special 8:30 a.m. training time and proceeded to have an easy 1 1/2-mile gallop under Laura Moquett, wife of trainer Ron Moquett.
Fellowship, No. 21 on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, had a routine gallop this morning under exercise rider Brian O'Leary. Trainer Mark Casse said, "If there are no defections from the anticipated Derby field before entries are taken Wednesday evening, or after the 9 a.m. scratch time Friday morning, Fellowship will run in the Preakness. It's funny, every time I get a call from the media I think that we're getting in. You have mixed emotions about it, because for your good luck someone has to have bad luck. "
Dazzling Gem's trainer Brad Cox still has not made a decision on whether to enter the Kentucky Derby as an also-eligible in hopes of making the actual field if there were some defections. "He looks unreal right now," Cox said. "He's not going to get in, but he looking really good right now. I'll talk it over with Mr. Landers and see what he wants to do as far as entering."
Cherry Wine gallopped 1 1/2 miles Tuesday. He is currently 25th in the points standing so will need lots of defections to make the field. Trainer Dale Romans said if he doesn't get in, he will go on to the Preakness Stakes.
Discreetness's trainer Jinks Fires said that he would be entered Wednesday in the $250,000 Pat Day Mile (G3) instead of the Kentucky Derby. "It looks like we have no chance to get in (the Derby)," Fires said of Discreetness, who is 26th on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.
|Kentucky Oaks Fillies|
Go Maggie Go galloped 1 1/2 miles at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning in preparation for Friday's Kentucky Oaks (G1) for trainer Dale Romans.
Mo d'Amour came out to exercise with Amy Mullen aboard during the 8:30-8:45 special Derby/Oaks training session.
Mokat stuck with her routine of jogging one mile and galloping 1 1/4 miles under Martin Ruiz during the 15-minute Oaks and Derby training session. Trainer Richard Baltas said, "My rider said today was the best she ever went."
Venus Valentine galloped a mile and a half mile Monday under exercise ricer Maurice Sanchez for trainer Tom Amoss. Amoss said he's not concerned about the filly's ability to handle the hoopla on Oaks Day. "My biggest is not the crowd or her attitude going into the race My concern is where can she put herself early in the race against what the pace is going to be. She has a way of coming from behind horses and sometimes taking herself out of the game by being too far back. That's why we have the change of equipment with blinkers on. Our goal is to keep her closer early on."
The painting for this year's Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby bottle was done by artist Tom Pauly and it was on display this morning on the backside along with the $1000 mint julep cup for this year.
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