Notes for Wednesday, April 26, on candidates for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).From Churchill Downs
A.P. WARRIOR - Stan Fulton's A.P. Warrior returned to the track at Hollywood Park Wednesday morning, jogging a mile under exercise rider Steve Willard. The John Shirreffs trainee had walked Tuesday following a seven-eighths work of 1:27.40 on Monday. Corey Nakatani is scheduled to have the mount.BARBARO - Lael Stable's Barbaro, the unbeaten winner of the Florida Derby (gr. I), galloped on Wednesday at Keeneland. Trainer Micheal Matz said the son of Dynaformer would make van ride from the Lexington track to Churchill Downs either Thursday or Friday.BLUEGRASS CAT/KEYED ENTRY/SUNRIVER - Only one of trainer Todd Pletcher's three contenders for Kentucky Derby 132 was on the track at Churchill Downs for training activity on Wednesday.WinStar Farm's Bluegrass Cat, winner of the Remsen (gr. II) and runner-up in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III), galloped 1 ¼ miles under Luis Castillo. The son of Storm Cat is scheduled to work on Sunday.Starlight Stables, Saylor and Lucarelli's Keyed Entry, winner of the Hutcheson (gr. II) and third in the Wood Memorial (gr. I), walked under the shedrow.Aaron and Marie Jones' Sunriver, third in the Florida Derby, also walked. BOB AND JOHN/POINT DETERMINED/SINISTER MINISTER - The Lanni Family Trust's Sinister Minister, winner of the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), galloped after the renovation break under Mick Jenner at Churchill Downs.In California, Stonerside Stable's Bob and John, winner of the Wood Memorial, and the Robert and Beverly Lewis Trust's Point Determined, runner-up in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. II), jogged on their first day back to the track after seven-furlong works on Monday.Riding assignments for the Bob Baffert-trained trio are Victor Espinoza on Sinister Minister, Garrett Gomez on Bob and John and Rafael Bejarano on Point Determined.BROTHER DEREK - Cecil Peacock's Brother Derek completed the California portion of his training for the Kentucky Derby by galloping 1 ½-miles under exercise rider Francisco Alvarado Wednesday morning at Santa Anita."He looked real good going by me," trainer Dan Hendricks said. "He will leave the barn about 2 (PDT) in the morning and should be there before noon tomorrow (Thursday) and I will be coming in tomorrow night."Brother Derek, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby, will be stabled in Barn 42. "He will gallop Friday morning and when he works on Monday, Alex Solis will be there for the work," said Hendricks, who will use two exercise riders prior to the Derby. "Luis Ortega is coming for the first part and will stay through the work and then Francisco Alvarado will be here for the rest of the week."CAUSE TO BELIEVE - Peter Redekop and Peter Abruzzo's Cause to Believe did not waste any time hitting the main track at Churchill Downs early Wednesday morning.With exercise rider DaRon Long up, Cause to Believe jogged once around and was back in his new quarters at Barn 43 by 7 a.m.The Jerry Hollendorfer trainee arrived along with stablemates Tricky Trevor and Lion and the Lamb at 4:30 (EDT) Tuesday afternoon. Tricky Trevor is scheduled to run on the Derby Day card with Lion and the Lamb carded for a race on Kentucky Oaks Day.Hall of Famer Russell Baze has the mount on the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) winner Cause to Believe. DEPUTY GLITTERS - Joseph Lacombe Stable Inc.'s Deputy Glitters concluded the New York portion of his Kentucky Derby training by working five furlongs in 1:01.46 over a track labeled "fast" Wednesday morning at Belmont Park. Exercise rider Simon Harris was up."He worked very well," trainer Tom Albertrani said of the move that was the 11th fastest of 18 at the distance on a cool morning."He went out about 9 o'clock. The track was pretty good this morning. We had had a light rain last night, but we were prepared to go after the break anyway." The Deputy Commander colt is scheduled to leave New York around noon Thursday for the trip to Churchill Downs. Deputy Glitters will be housed in Barn 17 and ridden in the Derby by jockey Jose Lezcano.FLASHY BULL/JAZIL - Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin continued to train his Derby hopefuls on two fronts Wednesday morning.
West Point Thoroughbreds LLC's Flashy Bull, runner-up in the Fountain of Youth (gr. II), galloped 1 ½ miles at Keeneland under exercise rider Desmond Farrell.At Belmont Park, Shadwell Stable's Jazil, runner-up in the Wood Memorial, galloped 1 ½-miles under exercise rider Simon Harris."Jazil will train in the morning and then ship to Keeneland around noon," McLaughlin said. "He will gallop here at Keeneland Friday and then leave around noon with Flashy Bull to go to Churchill. They should get there around 2 (p.m.), which will give them plenty of time to get settled in and then they will gallop Saturday morning and work Sunday."LAWYER RON - The Estate of James Hines Jr.'s Lawyer Ron, winner of the Arkansas Derby (gr. II), put in another two-mile gallop before the renovation break under exercise rider Betsy Couch."He had a good, strong gallop this morning and he really picked it up the last quarter," Couch said as she and Lawyer Ron completed a circuitous route back to Barn 32.Trainer Robert Holthus is scheduled to be back at the barn Thursday morning after attending sales in Ocala, Fla. He has scheduled a five-furlong work for Lawyer Ron on Saturday morning.John McKee has the Derby mount. PRIVATE VOW/STORM TREASURE - Mike McCarty's Kentucky Derby contenders Private Vow and Storm Treasure returned to the Churchill Downs' track on Wednesday for the first time since the duo turned in a strong work in company on Monday.Both horses galloped one mile under exercise rider Carmen Rosas.
Private Vow was third in the Arkansas Derby in his most recent outing after winning the Belmont Futurity (gr. I) and Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) at Churchill Downs as a 2-year-old. Storm Treasure, a son of Storm Boot, was the runner-up in the Toyota Blue Grass at Keeneland in his most recent start.SACRED LIGHT - Amerman Racing Stables LLC's Sacred Light, runner-up in the Santa Catalina (gr. II), worked seven furlongs in 1:28 over the "fast" main track at Hollywood Park on Wednesday morning with jockey Aaron Gryder up."He went really, really well and I was hoping he would go a little bit slower, but he was pulling him right along and doing it easily," trainer David Hofmans said of the work, which came after the renovation break.Sacred Light is scheduled to ship to Churchill Downs on Saturday along with stablemate Balance, the likely favorite for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).SEASIDE RETREAT - William S. Farish Jr.'s Seaside Retreat, runner-up in the Lane's End (gr. II), galloped 1 ½ miles before the renovation break under exercise rider Jose Castanon.Trainer Mark Casse is due in Louisville Wednesday night from the sales in Ocala, Fla. Seaside Retreat is scheduled to work after the break on Thursday morning with Derby rider Patrick Husbands scheduled to be up.SHARP HUMOR - Exercise rider Faustino Orantes had a broad grin on his face as he brought Purdedel Stable's Sharp Humor, winner of the Swale (gr. II) and runner-up in the Florida Derby, off the track following a 1 ½-mile gallop after the renovation break.Trainer Dale Romans was smiling, too. "He couldn't be doing any better," said Romans, who has scheduled a Saturday work for Sharp Humor with Derby rider Mark Guidry scheduled to be aboard. Romans said he plans to send Sharp Humor to the paddock maybe once or twice next week for schooling sessions and would go to the gate "at least once" next week.SHOWING UP - Lael Stable's Showing Up, winner of the Coolmore Lexington (gr. II), jogged on Wednesday at Belmont Park. Assistant trainer Robin Smullen was in the saddle.STEPPENWOLFER - Robert and Lawana Low's Steppenwolfer, runner-up in the Arkansas Derby, galloped 1 5/8 miles under exercise rider Jody Pieper before the renovation break.Steppenwolfer is scheduled to work Saturday morning with Derby rider Robby Albarado up for trainer Dan Peitz. SWEETNORTHERNSAINT - Joseph Balsamo and Ted Theos' Sweetnorthernsaint arrived at Churchill Downs at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday and walked the shedrow at Barn 42 on Wednesday morning after trainer Michael Trombetta arrived from Maryland.Trombetta outlined the rest of the week's schedule for the winner of the Illinois Derby (gr. II). "He will gallop Thursday and Friday and he'll work Saturday with (Derby rider) Kent Desormeaux coming in to work him," said Trombetta, who never has saddled a Kentucky Derby starter.Trombetta has not decided when he will take Sweetnorthernsaint out in the mornings. "At home, he is usually the first one out after the break," he said. "I want to see what the activity is here."