Three likely candidates for the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) put in five-furlong works over the Keeneland main track April 7.
MarchFore Thoroughbreds’ Adirondack King covered the distance in :59 4/5; Team Valor International’s Howe Great was clocked in 1:01 3/5, and Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Politicallycorrect worked in :59 (one of three bullet works at the distance).
Adirondack King, seventh in the Rebel (gr. II) in his most recent start, worked on even terms with Ill Conceived through an initial three furlongs in :36 with gallop out times of 1:12 2/5 for six furlongs and 1:27 1/5 for seven-eighths.
Julien Leparoux was aboard Adirondack King.
“The cooler weather really quickened the track up,” trainer John Servis said. “This was a little better than his last work (a 1:02 3/5 move April 1 that was Adirondack King’s first work on Polytrack). The last work was pretty unproductive.”
Stewart Elliott has ridden Adirondack King in six of his eight starts and “probably” would have the mount in the April 14 Blue Grass, according to Servis.
Howe Great, working in company with 4-year-old allowance winner Under Control, was credited with fractions of :25 2/5, :37.20, :48 4/5, and out six furlongs in 1:14 4/5. Heather Craig was aboard Howe Great.
“It was a good work and went as well as it could have,” said trainer Graham Motion.
Motion also has Vinery Racing Spiral winner Went the Day Well stabled at Keeneland and plans to take the same route to the Kentucky Derby with him as he did with Animal Kingdom last year.
“He will work next Saturday,” Motion said. “He will have two works here and his final work at Churchill Downs. It is basically the same as what Animal Kingdom did.”
Trainer Wesley Ward was pleased with the work by Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Politicallycorrect, who was ridden by Marcelino Pedroza. The gelding by Kitten's Joy worked in company with New Believer.
“It was fantastic,” Ward said of the move. “I’ve always liked him best of all the horses that Mr. Ramsey gave me last year. Of all the Kitten’s Joys, he’s been my favorite from day one. He was a little disappointing the first part of the year just because I thought so much of him. He’s sort of come into what I thought he was. I gave him a lot of time to develop.”
Politicallycorrect made the third start of his career last October at Keeneland, running second in a seven-furlong maiden race. At Gulfstream Park, he broke his maiden at 1 1/16 miles and won a seven-furlong allowance race in his most recent start on Feb. 26.