Lukas Pair Records Sharp Churchill Drills

(from Churchill Downs notes)
Consolidator, Going Wild and Bellamy Road – all considered to be major contenders for the $2 million Kentucky Derby (gr. I) – turned in sharp workouts on Sunday at Churchill Downs in preparation for their final preps for the 131st renewal of the "Run for the Roses" on May 7.

Robert and Beverly Lewis' Consolidator, winner of the San Felipe (gr. II) at Santa Anita and last fall's Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland, breezed five furlongs over a fast track at Churchill Downs in :58. The move by the Storm Cat colt was the easily the fastest of 26 at the distance. Consolidator could make his final pre-Derby start on April 16 in Keeneland's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I).

Going Wild, the Lewis-owned winner of the Sham and runner-up to Declan's Moon in the Santa Catalina (gr. II), breezed five furlongs in 1:00. The work by the son of Wild Again was ranked as the day's ninth-fastest move. He is expected to make Saturday's Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct his final Kentucky Derby prep.

Four-time Kentucky Derby winner D. Wayne Lukas trains both horses.

Bellamy Road, another possible contender for the Wood Memorial, breezed five furlongs in :59 4/5 in his first serious training since his arrival at Churchill Downs.

The son of Concerto is one of five Kentucky Derby contenders trained by Nick Zito. He scored a 15 ¾-length allowance victory at Gulfstream Park in his only race of the year. The Kinsman Stable of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner owns Bellamy Road, the winner of the Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes (gr. III) at River Downs as a 2-year-old.

Other Kentucky Derby hopefuls on the Sunday work tab included Kansas City Boy and Storm Surge. Kansas City Boy, runner-up in the Holy Bull (gr. III) and third in the Lecomte (gr. III), breezed five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 for trainer Ken McPeek. Overbrook Farm's Storm Surge, third in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II), covered the distance in the same time.