Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. sent Big Brown for an easy work over the Churchill Downs surface May 1, and the imposing colt looked every bit the favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) as he took to the track under regular exercise rider Michelle Nevin. Big Brown, installed as the 3-1 morning line choice following the April 30 post position draw, went three-eighths in :35 2/5.
"It looked good to me," Dutrow said. "I watched from the frontside and I'm as happy as I could be. I could see when he turned around with the pony right away he was a little too agressive, which you could expect, I think. It just went as good as it could have possibly went; it didn't look like he did too much and he was well within himself."
The unbeaten son of Boundary walked from Barn 22 accompanied by a pony, accompanied by a swarm of media, cameramen, and fans with mild curiousity. His ears were up and his stride was relaxed, but once he broke off from the pony he was clearly ready to go, tossing his head against Nevin's hold. The pair warmed up with a brief gallop and moved over to the rail to work the distance, with Nevin merely dropping down in the saddle to move her mount into a breeze.