Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's Bandini, preparing for his engagement in Saturday's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), worked five furlongs at Keeneland Monday morning, in the company of stablemate Confederate.Breaking off two lengths behind his workmate, the son of Fusaichi Pegasus stayed behind his rival, catching a lot of dirt in the process. Both horses were in full stride entering the lane with Bandini sneaking up the rail and beating Confederate in the final strides, stopping clocker Tom Bridges watch in 1:00 2/5, a sharp work for both colts. Fellow Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) hopeful Closing Argument also worked five-eighths on the main track Monday. The Kiaran McLaughlin trainee, owned by Philip and Marcia Cohen, breezed steadily all the way, receiving an official clocking of 1:00 4/5.
Also working Monday was Spanish Chestnut, who may run in the $325,000 Coolmore Lexington (gr. II) on Saturday, April 23. Owned by Tabor and Smith, Spanish Chestnut breezed five furlongs in 1:02 2/5. The handsome chestnut colt was really reaching out at the wire after taking it easy in the opening furlongs.