Thursday, April 28, 2011
Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks 137 Barn Notes for Thursday, April 28
ANIMAL KINGDOM – Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs from Keeneland on Thursday afternoon.
Animal Kingdom will stabled in Barn 22 and is scheduled to work Saturday for trainer Graham Motion.
Motion also trains Wood Memorial (GI) winner Toby’s Corner, who is scheduled to work Sunday at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland and ship to Churchill Downs on Monday.
ARCHARCHARCH – Robert Yagos’ Archarcharch galloped in company on Thursday over a track labeled as “fast” after the renovation break, and is set to have a workmate for a scheduled five-furlong work after Friday’s renovation break.
“He will work in company with Supreme Ruler,” trainer Jinks Fires said of the Arkansas Derby (GI) winner.
Jockey Jon Court, who has been aboard Archarcharch in all six of his starts, will be aboard for the work as well as the ride in Kentucky Derby 137.
BRILLIANT SPEED – The Live Oak Plantation’s Brilliant Speed, winner of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GI) on April 16 at Keeneland, is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Friday.
Brilliant Speed, trained by Tom Albertrani, is scheduled train over the synthetic Polytrack surface at Keeneland on Friday morning and the son of Dynaformer will make the trip from the Lexington track to Churchill Downs during the afternoon.
DECISIVE MOMENT – Just for Fun Stable’s Decisive Moment galloped a mile and a quarter after the renovation break with trainer Juan Arias up.
Decisive Moment arrived at Churchill Downs on March 28, has been at the track longer than any Kentucky Derby candidate. He is scheduled to work Friday after the break with Jesus Castanon up. It will be Decisive Moment’s second local work following a “bullet” half-mile in the mud in :47.40 on April 17.
Kerwin Clark, has the Derby riding assignment.
MIDNIGHT INTERLUDE – Arnold Zetcher’s Midnight Interlude, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby (GI), jogged one mile under exercise rider Dana Barnes in his first trip to the track since a six-furlong work on Tuesday.
Trainer Bob Baffert said the son of War Chant continues to do well and would gallop on Friday.
Victor Espinoza, who rode War Emblem to victory in the 2002 Kentucky Derby for Baffert, will ride Midnight Interlude in the Kentucky Derby.
MUCHO MACHO MAN – Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team One Racing Stable’s Mucho Macho Man galloped two miles after the renovation break under exercise rider Mike Herra.
Trainer Kathy Ritvo said the winner of the Risen Star (GII) would work Saturday or Sunday depending on the weather. Rajiv Maragh is scheduled to ride Mucho Macho Man in the Derby.
NEHRO – Zayat Stables’ Nehro, the Steve Asmussen-trained runner-up in the Arkansas Derby (GI) and the Louisiana Derby (GII), stood in the Churchill Downs starting gate and then galloped a mile under regular exercise partner Carlos Rosas.
“He’s doing well,” said assistant Scott Blasi. “He’s enjoying eating this Churchill Downs grass out there by Longfield Avenue.”
Corey Nakatani is scheduled to ride Nehro in Kentucky Derby 137.
PANTS ON FIRE – George and Lori Hall’s Louisiana Derby (GII) winner Pants On Fire galloped a little more than a mile and a half under exercise rider Juan Pizarro after the renovation break.
Trainer Kelly Breen plans to work the Louisiana Derby (GII) winner either Saturday or Sunday. Rosie Napravnik has the Derby mount.
SANTIVA – Tom Walters’ Santiva, winner of the Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) here last fall in his only Churchill Downs start, galloped before the renovation break under Brendan Walsh, assistant to trainer Eddie Kenneally.
Shaun Bridgmohan has the mount on Santiva in the Derby.
SHACKLEFORD – Michael Lauffer and W.D. Cubbedge’s Shackleford galloped a mile and a half after the renovation break under Faustino Ramos.
Jesus Castanon is scheduled for his initial Kentucky Derby ride on Shackleford, who is scheduled to work Saturday for trainer Dale Romans.
STAY THIRSTY/UNCLE MO – Trainer Todd Pletcher’s two hopefuls for Kentucky Derby 137 galloped a mile and a half each after the renovation break.
Owned by Repole Stable, Uncle Mo returned to the track under Hector Ramos for the first time since working five furlongs in company in 1:01.80 early Tuesday morning. The 2010 Eclipse Award winner as champion 2-year-old and winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) here last fall is scheduled to work again Sunday or Monday.
Stay Thirsty, winner of the Gotham (GIII) in his 2011 debut, was partnered by Fernando Espinoza. Stay Thirsty is scheduled to work Sunday.
John Velazquez has the Derby assignment on Uncle Mo and Ramon Dominguez is slated to Stay Thirsty.
TWICE THE APPEAL/SWAY AWAY – Edward Brown Jr., Victor Flores and Henry Hernandez’s Sunland Derby (GIII) winner Twice the Appeal galloped a mile and a half before the renovation break under exercise rider Nate Quinonez.
Miguel Carranza, assistant to trainer Jeff Bonde, said Twice the Appeal would work Friday or Saturday with three-time Derby winning rider Calvin Borel scheduled to be aboard for the move. Borel will ride the Sunland Derby (GIII) winner in Derby 137.
Bonde’s other Kentucky Derby hopeful, Batman Stable, Philip Lebherz, Cindy Olsen, Janet Sharp and Glen Wallace et al’s Sway Away galloped the same distance after the break under Quinonez.
With $111,500 in graded stakes earnings, Sway Away would need several defections of horses with more graded earnings pointing to the Derby to make the field that is limited to 20 starters. Carranza had said earlier in the week that if Sway Away does not make the Derby field, the Preakness would be the next target.
TWINSPIRED – Alpha Stables, Skychai Racing and Sand Dollar Stable’s Twinspired, runner-up in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GI) in his most recent start, galloped a mile and a half at the Trackside Training Center under exercise rider Derrick Smith.
Trainer Mike Maker plans to work the Harlan’s Holiday colt on Saturday at Trackside and then bring Twinspired to Churchill Downs on Tuesday.
Mike Smith has the riding assignment in the Derby.
WATCH ME GO – Gilbert Campbell’s Watch Me Go made his first visit to the track at Churchill Downs on Thursday morning, galloping a mile and a half under exercise rider Louie Feliciano after the renovation break.
Watch Me Go arrived from Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday afternoon. Trainer Kathleen O’Connell is scheduled to arrive in Louisville Friday night with a work scheduled for Saturday or Sunday.
Luis Garcia, who has ridden Watch Me Go in his past five starts that include a victory in the Tampa Bay Derby (GII), has the call in Derby 137.
KENTUCKY OAKS 137 BARN NOTES
Thursday, April 28, 2011
* ST. JOHN’S RIVER EARNS LEGGIO’S APPROVAL IN THURSDAY BREEZE
* STREET STORM WORKS FIVE FURLONGS FOR MARGOLIS IN 1:03
* ARIENZA, BOUQUET BOOTH, DELIGHTFUL MARY, SUAVE VOIR FAIRE ALL SET TO WORK FRIDAY
ARIENZA – Robert and Lawana Low’s Fantasy (GII) runner-up Arienza galloped a mile and a half under exercise rider Eva Jansson before the morning renovation break when the track was labeled as “good.”
Trainer Dan Peitz plans to work Arienza five furlongs after the break Friday morning.
BOUQUET BOOTH/STREET STORM – Right Time Racing’s Street Storm worked five furlongs in 1:03 under jockey Robby Albarado after the renovation break over a track labeled as “fast.”
Fractions for the move, which was the 20th fastest of 23 at the distance, were :13.40, :26, :38.20, :50.80 and out six furlongs in 1:17.
“It was just a maintenance work for her,” trainer Steve Margolis said. “She is not a good work horse when she is by herself. She prefers turf and will probably go in the (May 6) Edgewood (Presented by Kentucky National Insurance).”
Bouquet Booth, also owned by Right Time Racing, galloped a mile and a half under Jose Castanon after the renovation break and is scheduled to work five furlongs Friday morning with Albarado up.
DAISY DEVINE – James Miller’s Daisy Devine galloped a mile and a quarter
under Larry Melancon after the renovation break in her first trip back to the track since working five furlongs in :59.60 on Tuesday.
Trained by Andrew McKeever, Daisy Devine will be ridden in the Oaks by James Graham.
DELIGHTFUL MARY – John Oxley’s Delightful Mary galloped a mile and a half before the renovation break under exercise rider Melanie Giddings.
The Mark Casse-trained filly is scheduled to work Friday morning after the renovation break with jockey Shaun Bridgmohan up.
HER SMILE/R HEAT LIGHTNING – The E. Paul Robsham Stables’ R Heat Lightning, probable favorite for Kentucky Oaks 137, galloped a mile and a half after the renovation break under exercise rider Hector Ramos.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, R Heat Lightning will be ridden in the Oaks by John Velazquez.
Pletcher’s second Oaks probable is Her Smile, recently acquired by Bobby Flay and scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Thursday afternoon. No rider has been confirmed on Her Smile, who is scheduled to go to the track Friday morning.
HOLY HEAVENS – K.K. and Vilasini Jayaraman’s Holy Heavens returned to the track for the first time since working five furlongs on Tuesday in 1:03.60 to gallop a mile and three-quarters under exercise rider Manuel Huerta Castro.
Trained by Benard Chatters, Holy Heavens will be ridden in the Oaks by Kent Desormeaux.
JOYFUL VICTORY – Fox Hill Farms’ Joyful Victory galloped a mile and a half under trainer Larry Jones after the renovation break.
Runaway winner of the Honeybee (GIII) and Fantasy (GII) in her past two starts, Joyful Victory is scheduled to work Sunday.
Mike Smith has the Oaks riding assignment.
KATHMANBLU – Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stables’ Kathmanblu
galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Will Aldana.
The Ken McPeek trainee is scheduled to work Saturday. Julien Leparoux has the Oaks mount.
LILACS AND LACE – James Covello, Judy Hicks and Kathryn Nikkel’s Lilacs and Lace galloped a mile and a quarter under exercise rider Eliel DeJesus after the renovation break.
Reynaldo Abreu, assistant to trainer John Terranova, said Lilacs and Lace work would on Saturday. Javier Castellano has the Oaks mount.
PLUM PRETTY – Peachtree Stable’s Plum Pretty jogged a mile under exercise rider Dana Barnes as the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro visited the track for the first time since a seven-furlong work at Churchill Downs on Tuesday.
Trainer Bob Baffert’s filly is coming off a 25-length victory in the $200,000 Sunland Oaks.
Martin Garcia has the riding assignment on Plum Pretty in the Kentucky Oaks.
ST. JOHN’S RIVER – Dede McGehee’s St. John’s River was the first horse on the track after the renovation break from the “Lukas Gap” and wasted little time going about the business of the morning of working five furlongs in 1:00.80 under jockey Rosie Napravnik.
Working over a track labeled as “fast,” St. John’s River clicked off fractions of :12.40, :24.60, :36.40, :48.40 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:15.40. The move was the second fastest of 23 at the distance.
“I thought it went OK,” trainer Andy Leggio said. “She was in hand and it was a nice work. She will get two days off and go back to the track Sunday and gallop up to the Oaks and put the finishing touches on.”
Runner-up in the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) in her most recent start, St. John’s River has worked three times in Kentucky since the March 26 race in New Orleans. Two of the works came at Keeneland on Polytrack: 1:00.80 on April 13 and 1:00.40 on April 20.
“Time-wise, it was about the same, but she seemed to handle this track better,” Leggio said. “I think she is about at her peak and she just needs more distance. I hope this (the 1 1/8-mile Oaks) is it.”
SUAVE VOIR FAIRE – Fleur De Lis Racing’s Suave Voir Faire jogged a mile and then galloped a mile and an eighth under exercise rider Frederick Carmouche at the Highpointe Training Center.
“She will work in the morning on the main track at Highpointe and it should be a good track,” trainer Speedy Smithwick said. “She is going to go five-eighths and I will have her hook up with a companion the last three-eighths.”
Miguel Mena has the riding assignment on Suave Voir Faire, who will come to Churchill Downs on Tuesday.
SUMMER SOIREE – Team Valor International’s Summer Soiree is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs from Keeneland on Thursday afternoon.
Summer Soiree will stabled in Barn 22 and is scheduled to work Saturday or Sunday for trainer Graham Motion.
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