The ins and outs of the Kentucky Derby trail are best typified by just following the goings on at the Todd Pletcher barn, which has been a whirlwind of activity – in both the physical and cerebral sense – during the past couple of days.
It looked at one point as if Pletcher could have from five to seven
When Pletcher’s old boss, Wayne Lukas, was being constantly reminded in print that he was 0-for-12 in the
Also, with Eskendereya out, Mission Impazible is starting to get some buzz, and the vibes are beginning to intensify for Super Saver after an excellent work Saturday with Calvin Borel up that went virtually unnoticed. But the son of Maria's Mon did everything the right way and has maintained a high energy level since. So, you certainly can’t forget about him, especially the way he won the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) over this track last fall. Pletcher also feels he has a better grip on Discreetly Mine going into the Derby than he had for the Louisiana Derby (gr. II), in which he came up a bit short in the final furlong.
Over at Bob Baffert’s barn, Lookin at Lucky , the new Derby favorite, was getting his bath, as a large group of photographers gathered around while a crowd of reporters surrounded Baffert to get his take on the colt’s five-furlong breeze in 1:00 4/5.
Baffert couldn’t have asked for a better work, as Lucky, working in company with Broken Tango, did everything with the utmost ease, cruising past his workmate and crossing the wire in hand. Exercise rider Dana Barnes was high up in the saddle and sitting virtually motionless. Last year’s juvenile male champion obviously loves this track the way he moves over it, and it doesn’t matter whether the track is dry or wet; he has excellent extension over it. With three solid works over the track, Lookin at Lucky should be ready for a maximum effort and looks to be a worthy favorite, despite his troubled six-length defeat at the hands of
All the other
We liked the way Noble's Promise handled the track, as he moved over it with authority and finished up well, drawing away from his workmate Fist of Rage. Now, it’s just a question of how he scopes, having been battling a lung infection for a while.
Although Interactif looked sharp in his half-mile drill, running down his workmate and striding out beautifully in the final furlong, Pletcher said he and owners, the Wertheimer brothers, are leaning more toward not running and pointing him for grass stakes.
Another WinStar Farm colt, Endorsement, had been scheduled to work, but instead galloped an easy mile and a quarter at around 6 a.m.
We went over to the Trackside training center Sunday afternoon, and looking at Stately Victor up close in his stall, if there is a better-looking horse in this year’s