Blue Grass Contenders Work at Keeneland

(from Keeneland report)
Dogwood Stable's Limehouse, the recent winner of the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III), breezed an easy five furlongs just after the track renovation on Sunday morning, his final work for the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) to be run Saturday.

Working along the rail while in company with Arkansas Derby (gr. II) hopeful Purge, the son of Grand Slam was in hand all the way, gently pulling away from his workmate at the end and posting a final time of 1:01 1/5.

Also working five furlongs Sunday was Marylou Whitney Stable's Birdstone, looking to rebound from his unrepresentative effort in the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park. The Nick Zito trainee, a diminutive son of Grindstone, broke off behind workmate Shoo Brush, collared him at the five-sixteenths pole and edge clear down the lane, stopping clocker Tom Bridges' watch in 1:00 4/5 while galloping out in 1:14 2/5.

Trainer Mike Puhich sent Bullstick and Mercedes Stables' Blue Grass hopeful That's An Outrage five furlongs Sunday as well. Under jockey Willie Martinez, the son of Quiet American was sharp on the Keeneland surface as he skipped along the five-eighths in :59 3/5. The clocker caught the Kentucky-bred galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.

"He worked super," Puhich said. "This horse is doing so well right now it's scary. Everything's a go. It looks like Mark Guidry's gonna' ride him."

Earlier in the morning, Puhich worked Mike Pegram's Coolmore Lexington (gr. II) nominee Number Juan three furlongs with jockey John Byrne aboard. Wearing blinkers and just breezing, he received an official clocking on :36 2/5.

"I just wanted to go easy," Puhich informed. "He'll work back next weekend."

Also drilling was Shadwell Stable's Blue Grass hopeful Mustanfar, who stretched his legs a little early Sunday morning at Keeneland breezing an easy half-mile. The blocky chestnut broke off nicely and just maintained a steady pace throughout the drill, receiving and official clocking of :49. The son of Unbridled, who is coming off a solid second-place finish in the Tampa Bay Derby, looked sharp as he galloped out strongly all the way around the turn.