Adele Dilschneider’s Terrain (VIDEO, courtesy of Keeneland) put in his final major move for the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) by working five furlongs in 1:01 at Keeneland on April 4 with exercise rider Keith Harris up.
Working in company with grade II winner Sky Mom, who had jockey Jamie Theriot up, Terrain broke off about two lengths behind his workmate. Terrain drew even at the head of the stretch and finished on even terms with Sky Mom.
“I got him in 1:00.87,” trainer Al Stall Jr. said. “I thought it was visually impressive. It looked like he hit all of his marks.”
The Blue Grass will mark just the second start of 2009 for Terrain, who ran second in last fall’s Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I) in his lone Keeneland racing appearance. Terrain followed that with a fourth-place finish in the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) before closing 2008 with a fifth-place finish in the Delta Jackpot (gr. III).
“I have no regrets about running in the Delta Jackpot after the Breeders’ Cup,” Stall said. “My only regret is we didn’t win the thing. Shoot, we were 5-2 in a $750,000 race.”
Terrain ran third in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) in his 2009 debut on March 14.
“He got a little sick on me before the Risen Star and we had to miss that race,” Stall said in explaining Terrain’s late start as a 3-year-old. “It might turn out to be a blessing in disguise.”
Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.’s Charitable Man is scheduled to work a half-mile or five furlongs on April 5, according to Neal McLaughlin, brother of and assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Undefeated in two starts, Charitable Man visited the starting gate on April 4 and galloped a mile and a quarter with exercise rider Pat Correa up.
Silverton Hill LLC’s Cliffy's Future galloped a mile and a half April 4 under trainer Darrin Miller. Miller is looking to work Cliffy’s Future on April 6 or 7 “but it depends on the weather. If it is poor, I can do something (April 8).”
IEAH Stables’ Patena galloped a mile and a half early April 4. Trainer Rick Dutrow had indicated the colt would work April 5 or 6, but said, “I am leaning toward (April 7). The weather is not a factor at all. With this track, it doesn’t matter. If this was regular dirt, I’d be glued to the tube.”
Trainer Bill Mott said WinStar Farm’s Hold Me Back, winner of the Lane’s End (gr. II) at Turfway on March 21, would make his next start in the Blue Grass and would work at Keeneland on April 5 or 6. Kent Desormeaux, who rode Hold Me Back in the Lane’s End, will be back aboard in the Blue Grass. On April 4, the Giant's Causeway colt walked through the paddock before galloping on the track.
Robin Smullen, assistant to trainer Barclay Tagg, said Hello Broadway would work on April 6 in preparation for his next start, either an allowance race on April 10 or the Blue Grass the following day. A homebred racing for Elizabeth J. Valando, Hello Broadway is coming off a seventh-place finish in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) on March 14.
Two Blue Grass possibles worked April 4 at Churchill Downs.Thomas McCarthy’s General Quarters, winner of the Sam F. Davis (gr. III) this winter at Tampa Bay Downs, breezed five furlongs over a fast track in :58.20, the fastest of 17 moves at the distance. General Quarters galloped out six furlongs in 1:13 with exercise rider Julie Sheets up.
Dogwood Stable’s Ziegfeld, under consideration for the Grass or Arkansas Derby (gr. II), worked the same distance in 1:01.40, seventh fastest of the morning. Ziegfeld ran second to Cliffy’s Future in the Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park on March 21 in his most recent start.
Also, Hamdan al Maktoum’s Mafaaz, winner of the Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes on March 18 at Kempton Park in England, was scheduled to arrive at Keeneland’s quarantine barn on April 4.