Top Contenders Work on West Coast; Hendricks Changes Shipping Plans

Edited press release
Stan Fulton's A.P. Warrior worked seven furlongs in 1:27.40 in company over a track labeled "fast" Monday morning at Hollywood Park as he continued his preparations for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) presented by Yum! Brands.

Jockey Corey Nakatani, who will ride the son of A.P. Indy in the Derby, was aboard for the move.

Trainer John Shirreffs, who trained 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, expressed satisfaction with the move and said A.P. Warrior likely would work again on Sunday. The colt is schedule to ship to Louisville on Tuesday, May 2.

Meanwhile, Cecil Peacock's Brother Derek turned in his final California work for Derby 132 by working seven furlongs in 1:28.40 Monday morning over a "fast" track at Santa Anita under Derby rider Alex Solis.

Working in company with stablemate Littlebitofzip, Brother Derek was clocked in fractions of :28.40, :52.20, 1:03.80 and 1:16.40.

"The work was fine. He broke off nice and easy and then picked it up and cruised on home," trainer Dan Hendricks said. "Alex was happy with the work. He never looks like he is doing anything because he does it so easy."

Hendricks called an audible on his travel plans for Brother Derek and will now ship to Louisville on Thursday, April 27 rather than Tuesday.

"This is a new option that was presented to me and it gives him two more days here at home," Hendricks said.

Also on the West Coast, two of trainer Bob Baffert's Kentucky Derby hopefuls - Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Bob and John and Santa Anita Derby (GI) runner-up Point Determined - put in seven-furlong works Monday morning at Santa Anita.

Point Determined, owned by the Robert and Beverly Lewis Trust, was clocked in 1:24.80 and Stonerside Stable's Bob and John covered the distance in 1:25.

"They both went fine," Baffert said. "Victor Espinoza was on Point Determined and he worked in company. Garrett Gomez was on Bob and John and he worked by himself."

Baffert did not disclose when he was shipping the duo to Churchill Downs. Baffert's third prospect, Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) winner Sinister Minister, arrived at Churchill Downs from Keeneland Monday afternoon.