Came Home Shows Affinity for Churchill in Fast Workout

Came Home Shows Affinity for Churchill in Fast Workout
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Chris McCarron guides Came Home through fast workout Tuesday.
In what trainer Paco Gonzalez said was a faster work than he preferred, Santa Anita Derby winner Came Home zipped six furlongs in 1:12 3/5 at Churchill Downs on Tuesday in preparation for the May 4 Kentucky Derby. Also working Tuesday were Derby contenders Medaglia d'Oro and Ocean Sound.

"He went a little faster than I wanted, but he handled the track very well," said Gonzalez, who noted that Came Home will work five-eighths of a mile before the Derby.

Said jockey Chris McCarron: "Came Home is extremely businesslike and is not distracted by anything."

McCarron was also aboard Ocean Sound, who worked seven furlongs in 1:28 1/5. The fractions were :50 3/5, 1:03, and 1:15 2/5, with a gallop out time of 1:43 1/5.

"He was very relaxed, more relaxed than I anticipated," McCarron said.

Trainer Jim Cassidy said his goal with the workout was to get Ocean Sound to relax. "He will work fast if I want him to. I was trying to get a stamina work in him. He will blow out three-eighths of a mile in six or seven days." Cassidy said Alex Solis has been enlisted to ride Ocean Sound in the Derby.

In the only other work Tuesday for a Derby horse, Medaglia d'Oro went five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 for trainer Bobby Frankel. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:16 3/5 after fractional splits of :12 1/5, :24, and :49.

"I didn't want him to do too much," Frankel said. "I just want to keep him happy."

In another development, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer told Churchill officials that USS Tinosa would ship to Louisville Wednesday or Thursday. With $83,750 in graded stakes earnings, he would not draw into the 20-horse field unless others above him on the list dropped out.

Also, the Nick Zito-trained Straight Gin and Crimson Hero are still under consideration for the Derby, but both rank outside the top 20 on the graded stakes earnings list.

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