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Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes leads Gamine on the track before her workout on Saturday
Training hours at Del Mar on Saturday and Sunday featured a number of Kentucky Derby and Oaks starters, given the late date for the Run for the Roses. The California-based horses will ship to Louisville on Monday. Conditions were excellent all weekend, with sunny skies, minimal wind, and temperatures in the mid 60's during the workout sessions.
The Kentucky Oaks post position draw will be on Monday and the Kentucky Derby post postion draw will be on Tuesday.
Authentic worked 6f in 1:12.40 on Sunday morning under exercise rider Juan Ochoa for trainer Bob Baffert, fastest of 9 works at the distance, and just 5 days after his last work, 1 mile in 1:38.60. John Velazquez is expected to get the call for the Kentucky Derby. Baffert said, "Now that's a Derby work right there. All these horses, they're more mature. They're not the same horses they were in May."
Gamine worked 6f in 1:11.60 on Saturday morning under exercise rider Juan Ochoa for trainer Bob Baffert, fastest of 5 works at the distance. John Velazquez gets the call in the Oaks on Friday. Baffert said, "She worked beautifully. She's coming into the race very well and I'm very happy with her right now. It's going to be a tough race, very competitive, but we're excited and she looks ready for it."
Honor A. P. worked 7f in 1:27.20 on Saturday afternoon under jockey Mike Smith for trainer John Shirreffs. Shirreffs said, "Really good. I'm really happy. The only thing that could have gone wrong was to go too fast. He went nice and even all the way around." Smith added, "This was just a maintenance work. He's fresh and happy. He did this all on his own. I adjusted a little on him and he took off, all on his own. I'm really happy. He did that all within himself. A happy seven-eighths. He gave me goosebumps all over my body. He's going in a happy and fit horse. That was above and beyond what I was hoping for."
Maximum Security came out for some light work just a week after winning the Pacific Classic (G1) for trainer Bob Baffert. The Gary and Mary West homebred was transferred to Baffert from original trainer Jason Servis after Servis was charged in March for his involvement in a doping scandal with 26 others. Baffert said he may ship to Belmont for the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) as his final prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1).
McKinzie worked half a mile in 48.00 seconds on Sunday for trainer Bob Baffert, a week after he worked a bullet 6f in 1:12.60. He ships out to Churchill on Monday looking to repeat in the Alysheba Stakes (G2) on the Oaks undercard.
Storm the Court worked 6f in 1:12.80 on Saturday, 2nd fastest of 5 at the distance for trainer Peter Eurton, a week after he worked a bullet 5f in 59.00 seconds. Eurton said, "It was a bit fast. The rider didn't realize they were going as fast as they were, but that's better than the alternative." Julien Leparoux is expected to ride in the Derby.
Thousand Words worked 5f in 59.80 on Saturday, 2nd fastest of 53 at the distance for trainer Bob Baffert. Florent Geroux is expected to ride in the Derby. Baffert said, "I think (Thousand Words) can get the mile and a quarter. I've learned so much about him. With no fans, I think that will help him because he's a little bit of a head case."
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