Derby Notes: Lone Sailor Works, More Moves Planned For Saturday Morning

Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher put his 2018 Run for the Roses arsenal on full display Friday morning at Churchill Downs under a cloudless sky with four workers. More on them here.

Also working toward next Saturday’s $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) was Lone Sailor for trainer Tom Amoss. With jockey James Graham aboard, Lone Sailor worked a half-mile in :48.

Derby horses scheduled to work here Saturday are Good Magic, Flameaway, My Boy Jack, Free Drop Billy and Promises Fulfilled.

At Santa Anita Friday morning, undefeated Justify worked seven furlongs in 1:25.20 for trainer Bob Baffert. More on the likely favorite here.

Three Oaks hopefuls worked five furlongs: Chocolate Martini a bullet :58.80 with James Graham aboard, Coach Rocks (1:00.20 with Tammy Fox up) andHeavenhasmynikki (1:01 in company with Jake Radosevich aboard. Working a half-mile were Wonder Gadot (:48.20 with Froylan Garcia up), Patrona Margarita (:50.80 with Simon Camacho up) and Classy Act (:47.40 with Brian Hernandez Jr. up).

Oaks hopefuls scheduled to work here Saturday are Monomoy Girl, Sassy Sienna, Blamed and Kelly’s Humor.

BRAVAZO – Calumet Farm’s Bravazo galloped 1 ½ miles Friday morning at 7:30 with exercise rider Danielle Rosier aboard for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

The Risen Star (GII) winner could breeze tomorrow, according to Lukas.

COMBATANT/DREAM BABY DREAM – Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton’s Combatant, galloped 1 ½ miles Friday morning at 7:30 for Hall of Fame trainerSteve Asmussen.

Earlier in the morning, Dream Baby Dream galloped 1 ½ miles. He is No. 22 on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.

FLAMEAWAY – John Oxley’s Flameaway galloped 1 ½ miles under exercise rider Chris Garraway for trainer Mark Casse.

Runner-up in the Tampa Bay Derby (GII) and Blue Grass Stakes (GII) in his past two starts, Flameaway is scheduled to work Saturday morning with Casse slated to be on hand.

Jose Lezcano has the Derby mount.

FREE DROP BILLY/PROMISES FULFILLED – Albaugh Family Stables’ Free Drop Billy and Robert Baron’s Promises Fulfilled galloped 1 ½ miles for trainer Dale Romans Friday morning.

Both horses are expected to breeze Saturday morning at 7:30, according to Romans.

GOOD MAGIC – Last year’s Eclipse Award-winning Champion 2-Year-Old Male, owned by e Five Racing Thoroughbreds & Stonestreet Stables LLC, galloped 1 1/2 miles at 7:30 a.m. with regular exercise rider Walter Malasquez aboard.

Trainer Chad Brown – who was at Keeneland to oversee a work by Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf heroine Rushing Fall (:48.40 over a fast main track), probable for the Edgewood (G3) on Kentucky Oaks Day – reported that Good Magic would breeze Saturday during the Derby training session.

HOFBURG – Juddmonte Farms Inc.’s homebred Florida Derby (G1) runner-up Hofburg galloped about 1 1/2 miles at 7:30 a.m., followed by a visit to the starting gate, according to Penny Gardiner, who has been his regular exercise rider since arriving at Churchill Downs on Tuesday.

Keen observers have noted an unusual piece of equipment that Hofburg has been sporting in the mornings, which Mott assistant Kenny McCarthy reports is an “iron halter.”

“Bill started using it on him because he was biting at the shank an awful lot,” McCarthy said. “It attaches above the nose and now he’s gotten out of the habit. It’s not severe at all, nothing goes in his mouth, it just sits on him. He seems to respect it more than the shank.

“The iron halter is fitted over the horse’s poll and over the nose, with a ring that allows a lead shank to attach on top of the nose instead of on the side.

“It’s usually only something you see from an old-school horseman,” McCarthy said. “I bet this one is at least 50 years of age. I’d bet he got this one from [Jack] Van Berg. We’ve had it forever. You don’t see many of them around.”

Mott was an assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg in the late 1970s. Van Berg passed away in December at 81.

Hofburg is expected to work Sunday with Gardiner up. Irad Ortiz Jr. has the Derby mount.

JUSTIFY/SOLOMINI – The undefeated Santa Anita Derby winner posted his final official workout in advance of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) at Santa Anita Park in Los Angeles, breezing seven furlongs in 1:25.20 under Drayden Van Dyke.

“We know we have a really good horse but there are a lot of good horses out there right now,” Baffert said Thursday on a NTRA National Media Teleconference. “It’s probably the most competitive Derby that I’ve seen in years.”

Baffert addressed the decision to have Justify’s final work in California instead of over the Churchill Downs surface.

“This track at Santa Anita is a very deep, demanding track and they get really fit here,” Baffert said. “We’ve shipped all over and I don’t think there’s a big difference. We used to go there a few weeks early but last year we went in the week before and won the Kentucky Oaks. I don’t think it makes a difference.”

Van Dyke was aboard Justify for his debut maiden win in February. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, a Derby winner in 2005 aboard Giacomo, took over in his next start and has the Derby mount.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) runner-up Solomini – owned by Zayat Stables LLC, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael B. Tabor & Derrick Smith – is expected to work Saturday or Sunday. Although he’s only credited with one win, the Curlin colt crossed the wire first in the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) before being disqualified and has never missed the board racing against top-shelf company.

“The talent is there but he’s going to have to get some breaks go his way,” Baffert said. “He’s been training well, looks happy, came out of the last race well. He’s a little bit slower than some of the horses in there but they all deserve a chance. Crazy things happen in the Derby.”

LONE SAILOR – G M B Racing’s Louisiana Derby (GII) runner-up Lone Sailor completed his major preparations for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) with a half-mile breeze in :48.

With jockey James Graham in the saddle, Lone Sailor worked through splits of :11.80, :23.80 and :36.40 before a five-furlong gallop out in 1:00.60, according to Churchill Downs clocker John Nichols.

“A lot of people get caught up in his fast workout times,” trainer Tom Amoss said. “That’s just who he is. He naturally works that fast so I’d be worried if he went slower. He will still need to improve. It’s a very deep field this year.”

MY BOY JACK – Don’t Tell My Wife Stables, Monomoy Stables and West Point Thoroughbreds’ My Boy Jack galloped 1 ½ miles under exercise rider Peedy Landry.

Trainer Keith Desormeaux said My Boy Jack would breeze in the morning with Brian Hernandez Jr. handling the work. Desormeaux’s brother Kent has the Derby mount.

Keith Desormeaux arrived in Louisville Thursday from Ocala, Florida, and was eyeballing My Boy Jack for the first time live in 2 ½ weeks.

“The last time I saw him was the day before he left for Keeneland (April 10 for the GIII Lexington),” Desormeaux said. “I had no doubt (how he would look). (Assistant) Julie(Clark) is the best. She could bring one back from the dead.”

SHAPING UP: THE KENTUCKY DERBY – Likely starters in the 144th running of the $2 million, Grade I Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve to be run for 3-year-olds at 1 1/4 miles on Saturday, May 5: Audible (jockey Javier Castellano), Bolt d’Oro (Victor Espinoza), Bravazo (TBA), Enticed (Junior Alvarado), Firenze Fire (Paco Lopez), Flameaway (Jose Lezcano), Free Drop Billy (Robby Albarado), Good Magic (Jose Ortiz), Hofburg (Irad Ortiz Jr.), Instilled Regard (TBA), Justify (Mike Smith),Lone Sailor (James Graham), Magnum Moon (Luis Saez), Mendelssohn (Ryan Moore), My Boy Jack (Kent Desormeaux), Noble Indy (Florent Geroux), Promises Fulfilled(Corey Lanerie), Solomini (Flavien Prat), Vino Rosso (John Velazquez).

Possible starters within the Top 20 on the preference list: Combatant (TBA).

Next up in order of preference: Blended Citizen (Kyle Frey), Dream Baby Dream (TBA), Restoring Hope (TBA), Sporting Chance (TBA), Givemeaminit (TBA) and Pony Up (TBA).

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