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On the Derby Trail: Morning Works (4/22)

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 28: A horse walks off of the track on a morning of rain during the training for the 135th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 28, 2009 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 28: A horse walks off of the track on a morning of rain during the training for the 135th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 28, 2009 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

 

Date

Horse

Track

Surf.

Dist.

Time

Type

Rank

22-Apr

Jackson Bend

Churchill Downs

Dirt

5f

1:00.0

Breezing

1/19

21-Apr

Lookin At Lucky

Churchill Downs

Dirt

6f

1:12.0

Breezing

1/2

21-Apr

Homeboykris

Churchill Downs

Dirt

6f

1:14.8

Breezing

2/2

21-Apr

Conveyance

Churchill Downs

Dirt

5f

:58.6

Breezing

1/22

20-Apr

Awesome Act

Churchill Downs

Dirt

6f

1:12.6

Breezing

1/3

20-Apr

Noble's Promise

Churchill Downs

Dirt

5f

:59.8

Breezing

1/30

20-Apr

Line of David

Churchill Downs

Dirt

5f

1:02.0

Breezing

14/30

20-Apr

American Lion

Keeneland

Poly

5f

1:01.8

Breezing

3/18

19-Apr

Dublin

Churchill Downs

Dirt

5f

:59.2

Breezing

1/40

19-Apr

Backtalk

Churchill Downs

Dirt

5f

1:04.0

Breezing

26/31

19-Apr

Make Music for Me

Keeneland

Poly

4f

:46.2

Breezing

1/18

 

  • Super Saver hasn’t had a work since April 4th at Palm Meadows (4f, :59.90)
  • If you’re looking for a "Work of the Week" it might be the bullet fired by Dublin on Monday morning of :59.20 over five furlongs on the Churchill Downs main track.  The only downside of the work was the clocker note that Dublin "pulled up abruptly" after passing the wire.  Later, trainer D. Wayne Lukas stated that it was the plan to not to do too much with the horse during the work.  Take from that what you will.
  • If Dublin's work doesn't suit you then perhaps the 6f effort of Lookin At Lucky will.  According to DRF clocker Mike Welsh, Lookin At Lucky galloped out seven furlongs in 1:25.08 and the mile in 1:39.70 following his bullet work yesterday morning.  If you liked this colt before, you gotta love this move.
  • Probable Derby favorite, Eskendereya, galloped around Churchill Downs yesterday but has yet to put in a published work over the Derby surface.
  • Jackson Bend isn't a guarantee to make the Derby given his current graded earnings standing but he seems to be working just fine.   Considering how far back he's been from Eskendereya in that last two races he'll need to be on his game in the Derby.
  • At first glance the work of Homeboykris looks extremely slow (especially when compared to the work of Lookin At Lucky over the same distance that morning).  However, this colt tends to work slow in the morning, particularly when working six furlongs.  His last four six furlong works have seen clockings of 1:14.80, 1:14.15, 1:12.00, and 1:17.00.      
  • I was looking for a sign that Noble's Promise was past his lung infection and assorted bruised sustained during the Arkansas Derby, and I think I got my answer in the form of a :59.8 five furlong breeze yesterday morning.  This effort solidifies this colt on my odds line and might even earn him a slight bump up.  
  • Most of these horses will have one more work prior to the Derby and I assume we'll see Line of David put in something a little more urgent in his next try over the surface.