Dogwood Stable’s Blackberry Road, runner-up in the Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II), and WinStar Derby winner Liberty Bull prepped for scheduled runs in next week’s $1-million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) with workouts in the mud April 5 at Churchill Downs.
Blackberry Road, a 3-year-old son of Gone West trained by David Carroll, covered the distance over a muddy track in 1:03.60. A half-brother to former 2-year-old champion Vindication, he covered the distance in fractions of :14, :26.60, :38.80, and :51.60 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:17.60.
Tom Amoss sent Liberty Bull over four furlongs in :48.40. The breeze by Kenneth Maier’s son of Holy Bullranked eighth of 27 at the distance.
Also on the Saturday work tab under Churchill Downs’ historic Twin Spires was John T.L. Jones, Jr. and Bill Jones’ Big Glen, the Frank Brothers-trained winner of the Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park. Big Glen breezed five furlongs in 1:02.60. And My Baby Baby, a candidate for the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), breezed four furlongs in :51. Magdalena Racing’s daughter of Bernstein finished third in the Florida Oaks (gr. III) for trainer Ken McPeek.