Touch of the Blues, Honor in War Work at Keeneland

Two contenders for Saturday's Shadwell Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland worked over the grass at the Lexington, Ky. track Monday morning.

Gainsborough Farm's Touch of the Blues, who will be ridden by Kent Desormeaux Saturday, breezed a half-mile in :50 2/5, finishing the final quarter in :23 2/5 on a turf course labeled "good."

"I told the boy to let him breeze on his own," Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale said from his Hollywood Park base. "He's as fit as a fiddle, so he didn't need to do much."

Meanwhile, jockey Dean Butler was aboard 3rd Turn Stable's Honor in War for trainer Paul McGee, getting the half-mile in :50.

"I told Dean to go an easy half and let him finish," McGee said. "That's just what I wanted."

Honor In War, who will be ridden by David Flores in the Shadwell, went the first quarter-mile in :27 and flew home in :23 for the second quarter.