Stately Victor , shocking 40-1 winner of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) earlier this month, fired a bullet 1:00 3/5 work for five furlongs April 23 at the Churchill Downs Training Center.
Trainer Mike Maker and co-owner Tom Conway were on hand to watch exercise rider Marvin Jiminez put Stately Victory through his paces around 8:25 a.m.. It was the colt’s final drill prior to the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
“I was pleased with the work; it looks like he took the track fine,” Maker said.
Working with Kera’s Kitten, Stately Victor was timed in splits of :11, :22 2/5, :34 3/5, :47 1/5, and galloped out in 1:16 3/5.
Stately Victor, a son of Ghostzapper out of the Dynaformer mare Collect the Cash, won the April 10 Blue Grass by 41/4 lengths over Paddy O’Prado. Prior to that, his only other win came against maiden company at Saratoga last September.
“The track was slow—it wasn’t sloppy or muddy, but slow; kind of sticky,” Conway said of the Training Center surface. “He galloped out real strong. He looked super.”
Conway said Maker plans on shipping Stately Victor, along with his other Derby entrant, Dean's Kitten, to Churchill Downs April 29. Stately Victor will likely school in the paddock that afternoon and stretch his legs April 30, the day before the Derby.
Conway owns the colt with his son, Jack, who is Kentucky’s Attorney General and a candidate for the U.S. Senate. Tom Conway is thrilled about running Stately Victor in the Derby.
“I’m 72 and it’s quite exciting to have my first Derby runner…I’m just trying to hang on,” he said with a laugh.
Stately Victor was bred in Kentucky by Adena Springs.