LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, April 29, 2016) – For those wanting to get a line on contenders for this year’s Kentucky Derby plus enjoy a mild, sun-splashed Kentucky morning, Churchill Downs was the place Friday.
Thirteen horses under consideration for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) worked over a fast track along with five fillies under consideration for the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI).
In order of ranking on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, the Derby hopefuls working were Outwork (No. 4, 5 furlongs in 1:01), Mohaymen (No. 9, 4 furlongs in :47.40), Destin (No. 11, 5 furlongs in 1:01.20), Suddenbreakingnews (No. 12, 5 furlongs in :59.60), Oscar Nominated (No. 13, 5 furlongs in 1:00.80), Shagaf (No. 14, 4 furlongs in :47.80), Whitmore (No. 15, 5 furlongs in 1:00), Tom’s Ready (No. 16, 5 furlongs in :59.40), My Man Sam (No. 17, 4 furlongs in :49.60), Majesto (No. 18, 5 furlongs in 1:01.40), Mo Tom (No. 20, 4 furlongs in :48.60, Fellowship (No. 21, 4 furlongs in :47) and Discreetness (No. 26, 5 furlongs in 1:00.40).
Fillies working toward the Oaks in order of ranking on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard were Lewis Bay (No. 2, 4 furlongs in :49), Go Maggie Go (No. 5, 5 furlongs in 1:03.60), Dream Dance (No. 12, 5 furlongs in :59.60), Dothraki Queen (No. 16, 5 furlongs in 1:00.60) and Marquee Miss (No. 18, 4 furlongs in :49).
KENTUCKY DERBY NOTES
BRODY’S CAUSE/CHERRY WINE – Albaugh Family Stable’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GI) winner Brody’s Cause galloped 1 ½ miles following the renovation break under exercise rider Miguel Garcia for trainer Dale Romans.
Also galloping the same distance after the break was William Pacella, Frank Jones Jr. and Frank Shoop’s Cherry Wine. Faustino Aguilar was aboard the son of Paddy O’Prado who stands 25th on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.
Romans said his Kentucky Derby hopefuls are possible to breeze Saturday morning.
CREATOR/GUN RUNNER – WinStar Farm’s Creator and Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farms’ Gun Runner galloped 1 ½ miles after the renovation break for trainer Steve Asmussen.
Creator, winner of the Arkansas Derby (GI) in his most recent start, was partnered by Abel Flores and Gun Runner, winner of the Louisiana Derby (GII) in his most recent start, had Carlos Rosas aboard.
DAZZLING GEM – Trainer Brad Cox isn’t real confident that Steve Landers Racing LLC’s Dazzling Gem actually will make the Kentucky Derby field, but he’s going to continue training as if he is. Cox said the Misremembered colt will work tomorrow or Sunday depending on the weather and track condition. Rain is in the forecast for Saturday.
Dazzling Gem, 24th on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, galloped after the renovation break under Fernando Espinoza.
DESTIN/OUTWORK – Todd Pletcher’s duo of Destin and Outwork put in their final preparations for the Kentucky Derby during Churchill Downs’ special 8:30-8:45 a.m. training window, which is exclusive to possible starters in the Kentucky Derby and Longines Kentucky Oaks.
Working in company with Stradivari, Destin went five furlongs in 1:01.20 producing eighth-mile fractions of :12.60, :24.80, :37.40, :49.60, galloping out six furlongs in 1:14.20 and seven furlongs in 1:27.
“Destin worked very well,” Pletcher said. “I had him in company [with Stradivari]. I thought it was very good. He seemed enthusiastic for him. I particularly liked the way he finished up and galloped out. I was very happy. We wanted to make sure we got a good solid work today. He’s had a good series of solid works, but we wanted to make sure he worked solid today and had a good gallop out.”
The son of Giant’s Causeway will enter the Kentucky Derby off an eight-week layoff, having last raced in the March 12 Tampa Bay Derby (GII). Should he win, it would be the longest documented layoff since complete records were kept starting in 1929. Regret won the 1915 Derby off a 259-day layoff and Sir Barton won the 1919 Derby off a 238-day layoff.
“It was a tough decision,” Pletcher said of the choice to train up to the Kentucky Derby. “Part of it was we were passing up a good opportunity. The Wood Memorial, the Blue Grass and the Arkansas Derby are all in between and Grade Is and significant races in their own. We just felt like, for us, we have had success in the past with giving horses a little extra time. Looking back to last year’s Breeders’ Cup with Liam’s Map, we didn’t race him in between Saratoga and the Breeders’ Cup [Dirt Mile] and the same thing with Stopchargingmaria and even Rachel’s Valentina who didn’t win but ran a good second to Songbird. We just felt like sometimes our horses run well fresh and that should apply to the Kentucky Derby just as much as any other race.”
In five career starts, Destin’s lone off-the-board effort came in the Jan. 16 LeComte (GIII) at the Fair Grounds where he was fourth beaten five lengths.
“A part of that race was simply him not focusing,” Pletcher said. “We made a blinker adjustment for the Sam Davis and tried to close him up a little bit, trying to get him to focus. The thing we did like about the LeComte was that it was a sneaky good race. He really never leveled off and ran until the last sixteenth of a mile and when he did he finished up with enthusiasm so it was a much more professional race in the Sam Davis and more so in the Tampa [Bay] Derby. If we can keep him focused, I think he’ll get the distance.”
Also breezing following the renovation break for Pletcher was TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (GI) victor Outwork, who worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 in company with Azar, who is probable for the $300,000 American Turf (GII) on the Kentucky Derby undercard. Churchill Downs clockers caught the son of Uncle Mo in fractions of :13.20, :37.40, galloping out three-quarters of a mile in 1:14.
Pletcher described the work as “a very similar workout” to stablemate Destin.
“I had him going just a little faster [than Destin],” Pletcher said. “What I really liked was the way that he finished up. He can sometimes tend to idle a little bit, as he did in the Wood Memorial, when he gets past the last horses. Today, I thought he looked much more professional and more focused. He was concentrated throughout the gallop out.”
Pletcher also trained Outwork’s sire, Champion 2-Year-Old Uncle Mo, who was entered in the 2011 Kentucky Derby, but was scratched the morning of the race.
“It’s kind of a cool thing anytime you have an offspring of one of the horses you’ve trained, Pletcher said. “I think there’s extra satisfaction with that. In this case we trained the sire and the dam [Nonna Mia]. It’s just a lot of fun for us to see how great Uncle Mo is doing as a stallion. It’s phenomenal what he’s been able to accomplish in only his first crop. You see a lot of similarities in some of his offspring and Outwork has kind of the same physique and look. It makes it even extra special.”
Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez have been known for teaming up to win big races in recent years, the Kentucky Derby is an exception.
“It would be great,” Pletcher said “It’s one of the few races that we haven’t won together, but we’re both fortunate enough to have won one. It would be nice to win one together.”
DISCREETNESS – Xpress Thoroughbreds’ Discreetness worked after the break under jockey Jon Court for trainer Jinks Fires. Working on his own, Discreetness worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 and posted fractions of :11.80, :23.60, :35.80, :47.80 and out six furlongs in 1:15.20. The work was the 15th fastest of 52 at the distance.
“It was a nice move and he was well in hand,” Court said.
Standing 26th on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, Discreetness likely would go in the $250,000 Pat Day Mile (GIII) on Derby Day if he does not draw in to the Derby field.
EXAGGERATOR – Santa Anita Derby (GI) winner Exaggerator galloped a mile and a quarter under exercise rider Peedy Landry after the break.
It was the first exercise on track for Exaggerator, who is owned by the partnership of Big Chief Racing, Head of Plains Partners and Rocker O Ranch.
Exaggerator arrived at Churchill Downs on Wednesday as scheduled, but the same could not be said for trainer Keith Desormeaux.
“He missed his connecting flight yesterday and then the first flight out today was overbooked,” said Julie Clark, assistant to Desormeaux.
FELLOWSHIP – Jacks or Better Farm’s Fellowship, 21st on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, worked four furlongs in company with Street Gray in :47 after the break.
With exercise rider Brian O’Leary up, Fellowship posted fractions of :12.20, :23.60, :35 and out five furlongs in 1:00. It was the fastest half-mile move of the morning of 67 recorded works.
“It was a perfect work,” said Norman Casse, assistant to his father, trainer Mark Casse. “He is a super talented colt and I think he will run well if he gets in the Derby.”
LANI – Koji Maeda’s Lani had a regular scheduled walk day and will return to the track Saturday according to Keita Tanaka, agent for the owner.
MAJESTO – Grupo 7C Racing Stable’s Majesto, working after the renovation break with Javier Castellano aboard, worked five furlongs in 1:01.40.
Working on his own, Majesto produced fractions of :12.80, :24.80, :36.80 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:15 and seven-eighths in 1:28.60.
“Javier said he worked very easy,” trainer Gustavo Delgado said. “I thought it was a very good work.”
Delgado said he would confirm a rider for Majesto on Saturday.
MOHAYMEN – Shadwell Stable’s Mohaymen worked a half-mile in :47.40 under exercise rider Miguel Jaime for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
Working on his own, Mohaymen produced fractions of :12.60, :23.80, :35.80 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.80. The work was the fifth fastest of 67 at the distance.
“He was a little keen early, but he smoothed out nicely,” McLaughlin said. “Miguel kept him off the rail and out in the three path because there were a lot of workers along the rail. It was a beautiful work and he galloped out great. He really likes the track.”
McLaughlin said Mohaymen probably would walk the next two days.
MOR SPIRIT – Michael L. Petersen’s Mor Spirit, looking to give Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his fifth Kentucky Derby victory, galloped 1 ¼ miles under exercise rider George Alvarez during the 8:30-8:45 training time. Assistant Jimmy Barnes is overseeing the Baffert horses until the trainer returns from California this weekend.
MO TOM – G M B Racing’s Mo Tom walked a half-mile in :48.60 under exercise rider Mario Garcia after the break.
Working on his own, Mo Tom produced fractions of :12.20, :24.40, :36.60 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.20 and six furlongs in 1:15.40. The work was the 27th fastest of 67 at the distance.
“The work was fine, but I was a little disappointed in the track,” trainer Tom Amoss said. “That was not the same track it was at 6 this morning and not the same track that you’ll have in the afternoon.”
MY MAN SAM/SHAGAF – Trainer Chad Brown worked his two Kentucky Derby hopefuls early and late Friday morning.
First up for Brown just as the track opened at 5:45 was Sheep Pond Partners, Newport Stables and Jay Bligh’s My Man Sam.
With jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard and working in company, My Man Sam posted fractions of :13, :25.60, :37.80 and completed the half-mile in :49.60. The Toyota Blue Grass (GI) runner-up galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.20 and three-quarters in 1:14.80. The move was the 46th fastest of 67 at the distance.
Coming out after the break was Shadwell Stable’s Shagaf. With Gian Cueva aboard and working on his own, Shagaf worked a half-mile in :47.80. Fractions on the work were :12..40, :24.40, :35.80 and out five furlongs in 1:00.20. The work was the 10th fastest of 67 at the distance.
Brown moved the works up a day because of the weather forecast that calls for plenty of rain in the Louisville area beginning late Friday night.
“I felt like I was studying again for finals,” Brown said of constantly monitoring the weather forecast. “We felt like this would be the best day, so why risk it (waiting)? I think they worked very good.”
Friday’s works were the second for both Derby hopefuls here. Brown said that gate schooling for the Derby already had been taken care of, but that some paddock visits were on the agenda for next week.
OSCAR NOMINATED – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Oscar Nominated breezed on the Churchill Downs main track on Friday morning going five furlongs in 1:00.80 in company with stablemate Hint of Roses.
Julien Leparoux was aboard Oscar Nominated, who was one of the first horses working after the renovation break.
“I thought he worked really well,” trainer Mike Maker said. “He got over the grounds really well. We aren’t trying to do too much, we just want to keep him happy.”
SUDDENBREAKINGNEWS – Samuel F. Henderson’s Suddenbreakingnews, runner-up in the Arkansas Derby (GI) April 16, completed his Kentucky Derby preparations by working a strong five furlongs under jockey Chris Landeros during the special 8:30 training time. The Mineshaft gelding competed the work in :59 3/5 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13. It was the eighth fastest of 52 at the distance.
“I was happy with it and Chris was happy with it,” trainer Donnie Von Hemel said. “Chris said when he asked him, he stretched out. I was probably looking for something a bit slower, but not significantly. We just have to keep him healthy and happy now. And, make sure he stays in this frame of mind.”
Suddenbreakingnews is one of the most experienced horses in the field with eight starts under his belt and only two of his races have been against fields with fewer than 10 starters. He won the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (GIII) while facing 13 other horses and there were 12 horses in the Arkansas Derby.
“He’s had a good education,” Von Hemel said. “He even had to weave himself through tight quarters as a 2-year-old. Hopefully it will serve him well.”
Regular rider Luis Quinonez will be in town Wednesday and has the mount next Saturday.
TOM’S READY – “Does it look like he’s ready?” trainer Dallas Stewart asked after G M B Racing’s Tom’s Ready worked five furlongs in :59.40 under exercise rider Emerson Chavez.
Working in company with Forever d’Oro after the break, Tom’s Ready produced fractions of :23.80, :36 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.20 and seven-eighths in 1:27.20. The move was the third fastest of 52 at the distance.
Tom’s Ready began about five lengths in back of his workmate, a start that was by design.
“He gets eager when he goes head to head and this way, he can ease up to them on the turn,” Stewart said. “This was a good work.”
WHITMORE – Under former jockey turned assistant trainer Greta Kuntzweiler, Whitmore completed his last major Kentucky Derby preparation by working five furlongs in company with Meanbone as soon as the track opened at 5:45 a.m. Clockers caught the Pleasantly Perfect gelding in splits of :12.40, :24, :35.60, 48 and 1:00 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:14. It was the 13th fastest of 52 at the distance.
“It was perfect,” trainer Ron Moquett said. “We were just looking for the best possible surface this morning. He did it nice and easy. He looked like he was just galloping.”
Whitmore is coming into the Kentucky Derby off a troubled third-place finish in the Arkansas Derby (GI) in which he bobbled soon after the break when two horses cut him off. One start earlier, he had been forced to go wide the entire trip when finishing second to Cupid in the Rebel Stakes (GII).
“I’m just hoping for a good, safe trip,” Moquett said. “He’s not getting the credit he deserves for just how tough those last two races were for him.”
KENTUCKY OAKS NOTES
CARINA MIA – Three Chimneys Farm’s Carina Mia, 17th on the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard, galloped after the break under exercise rider Penny Gardiner.
DOTHRAKI QUEEN – Magdalena Racing’s Dothraki Queen, 16th on the Oaks leaderboard, worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 after the break under jockey Gary Stevens.
“She probably went in 1:01. She flew the last eighth,” Stevens said. “I had a test drive with her last week at Keeneland (in a work) and today she wanted to get down to business.”
Trained by Kenny McPeek, Dothraki Queen won the Pocahontas (GII) here in September. Should she not makes the Oaks field, the $150,000 Edgewood (GIII) presented by Forcht Bank run at 1 1/16 miles on the turf May 6 is considered her next option.
DREAM DANCE – Stoneway Farm’s Dream Dance, with jockey Brian Hernandez aboard, worked five furlongs in :59.60 after the break. She galloped out six furlongs in 1:12.60 with the move being the eighth fastest of 52.
“That was a helluva work,” trainer Neil Howard said. “I didn’t think she’d go that fast but it was the perfect track with just the right amount of moisture in it. I got her in :59 and 3 and out in 1:12 and 2 or 3 and seven-eighths in 1:27 and 4. She is so honest.”
Hernandez, who has ridden the filly in all nine of her starts, said, “I had horses the whole way. You couldn’t ask for a better work.”
GO MAGGIE GO – Mike Tarp’s Go Maggie Go put in her final work in for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI). The daughter of Ghostzapper breezed five furlongs in 1:03.60 with exercise rider Tammy Fox in the irons.
“She worked real well this morning,” trainer Dale Romans said of the move that came after the renovation break. “I just wanted her to go slow, and everything looks like it’s on schedule.”
LEWIS BAY – Alpha Delta Stables’ Lewis Bay worked a half-mile after the break in :49 with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard.
Working in company, Lewis Bay posted fractions of :24.20, :36.60 with gallop-out times of 1:01.80 for five furlongs and 1:14.20 for six furlongs. The move was the 29th fastest of 67.
MARQUEE MISS – It may be a longshot that Rags Racing Stable’s Marquee Miss, who is currently 18th on the Oaks leaderboard, makes the Kentucky Oaks field, but trainer Ingrid Mason and regular rider Channing Hill are moving forward as if she will. This morning they sent out the multiple stakes-winning filly to work a half mile in :49 during the special 8:30 a.m. training time.
“It was a good work,” Mason said. “She’s not normally a good work horse unless she goes in company. Once you give her her head, she just settles right down. But, I love that about her. She’s not too hard on herself in the morning, which makes my job easier.”
“This was her best work,” Hill said. “She’s doing really well. I hope she gets in, she deserves to be there. It was a bad deal at Turfway (when third in the Bourbonette Stakes, GIII). The wind was blowing like crazy and she just missed getting second.”
MO D’AMOUR/RACHEL’S VALENTINA – Trainer Todd Pletcher’s two Kentucky Oaks hopefuls, King of Prussia Stable’s Mo d’Amour and Stonestreet Stable’s Rachel’s Valentina walked Friday morning following half-mile works on Thursday.
Rachel’s Valentina, daughter of 2009 Kentucky Oaks winner and Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, had worked her half in :47.80 after the break while Mo d’Amour did her :48.20 before the break.
MOKAT – JK Racing Stable’s Mokat jogged two miles a little after 7 o’clock with exercise rider Martin Ruiz aboard for trainer Richard Baltas.
Baltas, who arrived in Louisville on Thursday, said Mokat would not work here for the Oaks.
“She worked at Santa Anita the day before she shipped,” Baltas said of a six-furlong work of 1:13.80 on Tuesday. “She galloped out seven-eighths and a mile.”
NICKNAME/ROYAL OBSESSION/TAXABLE/TERRA PROMESSA – Trainer Steve Asmussen’s four Kentucky Oaks hopefuls had similar routines Friday morning with 1 ½ mile gallops.
All this activity occurred before the renovation break with Carlos Rosas partnering Stonestreet Stables’ Royal Obsession and LNJ Foxwoods’ Nickname. Abel Flores was aboard Stonestreet Stables’Terra Promessa and Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Taxable.
PAOLA QUEEN – Grupo 7C Racing Stable’s Paola Queen walked the shedrow Friday morning, a day after working six furlongs in 1:13.60.
Paola Queen stands 15th on the Oaks leaderboard and trainer Gustavo Delgado plans to confirm a rider Saturday for the filly for the Oaks.
VENUS VALENTINE – Rosemont Farm’s Venus Valentine jogged before the renovation break under Maurice Sanchez for trainer Tom Amoss.
WEEP NO MORE – Ashbrook Farm’s Weep No More galloped a little less than a mile and half after the renovation break under exercise rider Alex Gonzales.
Jack Bohannan, assistant to trainer Rusty Arnold, said the Central Bank Ashland (GI) winner probably would work Saturday. “We are just trying to find the best possible day for the work (with regard to weather).”
PROSPECTIVE FIELDS FOR UPCOMING STAKES
$2 MILLION KENTUCKY DERBY PRESENTED BY YUM! BRANDS (GI) (Entries taken Wednesday, race Saturday, May 7) – Probable (in order of preference): Gun Runner (ridden by Florent Geroux, trained by Steve Asmussen, Barn 38); Nyquist (Mario Gutierrez, Doug O’Neill, arrives from Keeneland Saturday around 1:30 p.m., Barn 41); Exaggerator (Kent Desormeaux, Keith Desormeaux, Barn 25); Outwork (John Velazquez, Todd Pletcher, Barn 40); Brody’s Cause (Luis Saez, Dale Romans, Barn 4); Creator (Ricardo Santana Jr., Steve Asmussen, Barn 38); Lani (Yutaka Take, Mikio Matsunaga, Barn 17); Mor Spirit (Gary Stevens, Bob Baffert, Barn 33); Mohaymen (Junior Alvarado, Kiaran McLaughlin, Barn 42); Danzing Candy (Mike Smith, Cliff Sise Jr., arrives Monday, Barn TBA); Destin (Javier Castellano, Todd Pletcher, Barn 40); Suddenbreakingnews (Luis Quinonez, Donnie Von Hemel, Barn 22); Oscar Nominated (Julien Leparoux, Mike Maker, Barn 27); Shagaf (Joel Rosario, Chad Brown, Barn 42); Whitmore (Victor Espinoza, Ron Moquett, Barn 10A); Tom’s Ready (Brian Hernandez Jr., Dallas Stewart, Barn 48); My Man Sam (Irad Ortiz Jr., Chad Brown, Barn 42); Majesto (TBA, Gustavo Delgado, Barn 43); Trojan Nation (Aaron Gryder, Paddy Gallagher, Barn 41) and Mo Tom (Corey Lanerie, Tom Amoss, Barn 29). Possible: Fellowship (TBA, Mark Casse, Barn 36); Adventist (TBA, Leah Gyarmati, Belmont Park); Laboan (TBA, Eric Guillot, Keeneland); Dazzling Gem (TBA, Brad Cox, Barn 9); Cherry Wine (TBA, Dale Romans, Barn 4) and Discreetness (Jon Court, Jinks Fires, Barn 40).
Link to Brisnet Past Performances: http://www.brisnet.com/brisnet_promos/KYDerby16.pdf
$1 MILLION LONGINES KENTUCKY OAKS (GI) (Entries taken Tuesday, race Friday, May 6) – Probable (in order of preference): Terra Promessa (TBA, Steve Asmussen, Barn 38); Lewis Bay (Irad Ortiz Jr., Chad Brown, Barn 42); Land Over Sea (Mario Gutierrez, Doug O’Neil, arrives from Keeneland Saturday around 1:30 p.m., Barn 41); Weep No More (Corey Lanerie, Rusty Arnold, Barn 28); Go Maggie Go (Luis Saez, Dale Romans, Barn 4); Cathryn Sophia (Javier Castellano, John Servis, arrives from Keeneland Sunday); Mo d’Amour (TBA, Todd Pletcher, Barn 40); Venus Valentine (Shaun Bridgmohan, Tom Amoss, Barn 29); Mokat (Flavien Prat, Richard Baltas, Barn 43); Rachel’s Valentina (John Velazquez, Todd Pletcher, Barn 40); Royal Obsession (TBA. Steve Asmussen, Barn 38); Dream Dance (Brian Hernandez Jr., Neil Howard, Barn 25); Nickname (TBA, Steve Asmussen, Barn 38) and Taxable (TBA, Steve Asmussen, Barn 38). Possible: Paola Queen (TBA, Gustavo Delgado, Barn 43); Dothraki Queen (TBA, Kenny McPeek, Barn 6); Carina Mia (TBA, Bill Mott, Barn 19); Marquee Miss (Channing Hill, Ingrid Mason, Barn 15).
Link to Brisnet Past Performances: http://www.brisnet.com/brisnet_promos/KYOaks16.pdf
$100,000 KENTUCKY JUVENILE (Entries taken Saturday, race Thursday, May 5) – Probable: Classic Empire, Hey Mike, Lawton, Polar City, Rapa Iti.
$400,000 ALYSHEBA (GII) (Entries taken Tuesday, race Friday, May 6) – Probable: Cat Burglar, Coin Broker, Departing, La Macchina, Looks to Spare, Majestic Affair, Natchez, Noble Bird, Regally Ready. Possible: Blue Tone, Eagle.
$300,000 LA TROIENNE (GI) (Entries taken Tuesday, race Friday, May 6) – Probable: Angela Renee, Curalina, Penwith, Sheer Drama.
$200,000 EIGHT BELLES (GII) (Entries taken Tuesday, race Friday, May 6) – Probable: Blast, Blip n’ Th Bye, Durango, Frozen Hannah, Put Da Blame On Me, Stageplay. Possible: Cash Back.
$150,000 EDGEWOOD (GIII) (Entries taken Tuesday, race Friday, May 6) – Probable: Adore, Believe in Bertie, Catch a Glimpse, Dothraki Queen, Enjoy Yourself (GB), Harmonize, Jeremy’s Legacy (IRE), Nodiac (IRE), Outsider Art, Sky My Sky. Possible: Ava’s Kitten.
$150,000 TWIN SPIRES TURF SPRINT (GIII) (Entries taken Tuesday, race Friday, May 6) – Probable: Billy Two Hats, Guns Loaded, Latent Revenge, Mongol Bull, Something Extra, Speightsong. Possible: Alsvid, Power Alert (AUS).
$500,000 WOODFORD RESERVE TURF CLASSIC (GI) (Entries taken Wednesday, race Saturday, May 7) – Probable: Big Blue Kitten, Bolo, Chocolate Ride, Danish Dynaformer, Divisidero, Finnegans Wake, Grand Arch, Reporting Star, Roman Approval, Tourist, World Approval. Possible: Tepin.
$300,000 HUMANA DISTAFF (GI) (Entries taken Wednesday, race Saturday, May 7) – Probable: Dancing House, Kathbalu, Sarah Sis, Spelling Again, Stonetastic, Taris, Wavell Avenue.
$500,000 CHURCHILL DOWNS (GII) (Entries taken Wednesday, race Saturday, May 7) – Probable: Barbados, Holy Boss, Kobe’s Back, Limousine Liberal, Squadron A.
$300,000 CHURCHILL DISTAFF TURF MILE (GII) (Entries taken Wednesday, race Saturday, May 7) – Probable: Bureau de Change, Cash Control, Celestine, Isabella Sings, Josdesanimaux, Mississippi Delta, Rainha Da Bateria, Super Saks, Zipessa. Possible: Tepin.
$300,000 AMERICAN TURF (GII) (Entries taken Wednesday, race Saturday, May 7) – Probable: Airoforce, American Patriot, Azar, Camelot Kitten, Converge, Dressed in Hermes, J R’s Holiday, Surgical Strike, Two Step Time.
$250,000 PAT DAY MILE (GIII) (Entries taken Wednesday, race Saturday, May 7) – Probable: American Freedom, Cocked and Loaded, Discreetness, Forevamo, Imperial Hint, Lookin for a Kiss, Sea Wizard, Star Hill, Unbridled Outlaw.