Mark Valeski working at Churchill Downs 4/30/2012.

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Mark Valeski working at Churchill Downs 4/30/2012.
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Mathea Kelley

Five Derby Horses Breeze at Churchill Downs

Derby week kicked off under warm, sunny skies at Churchill Downs.

It was a warm, humid day at Churchill Downs on Monday, April 30, and the track was fast as a handful of contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands went through their final workouts in preparation for the May 5 race.

At a glance, the workers were:
--Creative Cause , 4 furlongs in :47 4/5, with splits of :12 3/5, :24 3/5, :36. Galloped out 5 furlongs in 1:01 1/5.
--Daddy Nose Best , 4 furlongs in  :49 2/5, with splits of :13 1/5, :25 3/5, :37 2/5. Galloped out 5 furlongs in 1:02 2/5 and six furlongs in 1:16 3/5.
--Liaison , 5 furlongs, 1:00 4/5, splits of :24 4/5, :37 1/5, :48 4/5. Galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:13 1/5 and 7 furlongs in 1:26 3/5.
--Mark Valeski , 5 furlongs in 1:00 1/5, with fractional splits of :11 3/5, :23 2/5, :35 1/5, :47 3/5. Galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:14 3/5.
--Sabercat, 4 furlongs in :48 2/5, splits of :12 3/5, :24 2/5, and :36. Galloped out 5 furlongs in 1:01 1/5 and 6 furlongs in 1:15 3/5.

Details of the workouts will be published in additional stories at bloodhorse.com.