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Heading out to the track on Sunday morning with Concert Tour (left) and Pauline's Pearl.

April 24 Kentucky Derby 2021

Date: 04/25/2021

Sunday morning, 6 days before the Derby and 5 before the Oaks again saw multiple horses gallop over the main track, downgraded to "good" after rains on Saturday afternoon. The fog and clouds persisted during training with temperatures in he mid 50's.

Below are photos for 9 Derby horses, 9 Oaks fillies, and 4 other horses from this morning on the track with comments for each. You can watch video of today's training session here.

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Kentucky Derby

horse racing Dynamic One jogged 1 mile under exercise rider Carlos Perez Quevedo.

horse racing Helium jogged 2 miles in company with stablemate Soup and Sandwich and then schooled in the paddock. David Carroll, assistant to trainer Mark Casse said, "They'll school in the paddock in the morning every day and on Tuesday in the afternoon. Obviously Derby Day horses can get a bit more pumped up with the big crowd, and in this year, a lot of these horses haven't seen that many people. It's practice to get them used to their surroundings and you don't want to go into this race not checking off all the boxes."

horse racinghorse racing Hot Rod Charlie arrived at the barns at noon after flying in from California. Trainer Doug O'Neill was on another plane and also arrived Sunday afternoon.

horse racing Keepmeinmind jogged 2 miles after 6am under exercise rider Walter Davila. He worked a bullet 4f on Friday in 46.20.

horse racing Known Agenda galloped 1 1/4 miles under exercise rider Hector Ramos.

horse racinghorse racing Medina Spirit galloped 1 3/8 miles under exercise rider Humberto Gomez. Gomez was also the exercise rider for Authentic last year and Justify in 2018. Trainer Bob Baffert arrived in Louisville Sunday evening.

horse racing Midnight Bourbon galloped 1 3/4 miles and is scheduled to have a timed work on Monday. Trainer Steve Asmussen said, "I'm going to look at the racetrack this afternoon. I thought it was a little heavy (this morning) after the first drag, so if it's still that moist I'll probably go first thing."

horse racinghorse racing O Besos galloped 1 mile under exercise rider Margarito Fierro. Trainer Greg Foley said, "Less than one week out we're doing pretty well. He's a horse that will be ready to make his most serious run at the top of the lane."

horse racing Rock Your World arrived at the barns at noon after flying in from California.

Kentucky Oaks

horse racing Adventuring is no longer listed as a probable for the Oaks for trainer Brad Cox. She comes here off a win in the Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park.

horse racing Ava's Grace jogged 2 miles under exercise rider Walter Davila. It was her first gallop on the track since her 4f work in 49.20 on Friday under jockey David Cohen. Trainer Robertino Diodoro will be at the barn on Monday.

horse racing Beautiful Gift is no longer listed as a probable for the Oaks but was shipped to Churchill from trainer Bob Baffert's Santa Anita base. She comes here off her 2nd place finish in the Santa Anita Oaks (G2).

horse racing Clairiere worked 4f in 49.60 under exercise rider Angel Garcia, out 5f in 1:03.40. She worked immediately after stablemate Pauline's Pearl.

horse racing Competitive Speed had a leisurely 1 1/2 mile galop under exercise rider Anthony Gallo. It was her first gallop since working 5f in 1:02.40 on Friday.

horse racing Pauline's Pearl worked 4f in 50.60 under exercise rider Wilson Fabian. Trainer Steve Asmussen said, "We're ecstatic. Pauline's Pearl went first and my first words to Wilson were 'How did she go?' and he said 'Beautiful.' Both are regular riders of the horses so they are good measures and extremely familiar with them."

horse racing Search Results jogged 1 mile after walking the shedrow Saturday.

horse racing Travel Column jogged once around at 7:30am in company with stablemate Coach. Trainer Brad Cox said, "Both fillies bounced out of their work in good shape and we're ready for Friday," Cox said. "Hopefully we get a favorable draw and we'll take our tactics from there."

horse racinghorse racing Will's Secret jogged at 7:30am for trainer Dallas Stewart.

Other Horses

horse racing Arklow worked 4f on the "good" turf in 49.60 for trainer Brad Cox this morning. He might go next in the Old Forester Turf Classic (G1) on the Derby undercard.

horse racing Gamine arrives at Churchill Downs. She is expected to go in the Derby City Distaff (G1) on the Derby undercard for trainer Bob Baffert.

horse racing "Coach" Lava Man arrives at Churchill Downs for his duties as stable pony for the Doug O'Neill barn.

horse racing Roadster arrives at Churchill Downs. He is expected to go in the Alysheba (G2) on the Oaks undercard for trainer Bob Baffert.

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