Optimizer Tunes Up For Arkansas Derby
Updated: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 12:38 PM
Posted: Monday, April 9, 2012 4:11 PM
Photo: Mathea Kelley
Rebel Stakes (gr. II) runner-up Optimizer put in his final workout for Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park for trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
Under jockey Jon Court, the 3-year-old son of English Channel owned by Bluegrass Hall went five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 at Oaklawn and now heads into the track’s marquee race.
“It was very well done,” said Lukas. “It was right on the money for us this close to the race. The idea was to keep his interest up. Now we have to keep him happy. He’s had a good three weeks (since his last race).”
Optimizer, who is out of the A.P. Indy mare Indy Pick, has won or placed in four of eight starts and earned $212,261.
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