Derby videos: We got Pletcher, Cox, Irad Ortiz, Jose Ortiz, Leparoux

April 23, 2021

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Videos shot by Jennie Rees, communications specialist for the Kentucky HBPA, as part of our initiative to supplement racing content for news outlets on the run up to the Kentucky Derby.

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Brad Cox after Caddo River works five-eighths of a mile in 1:00.60 – plus latest on Essential Quality, Mandaloun and his Kentucky Oaks duo of Travel Column and Coach.

Todd Pletcher after working his four Derby horses (Known Agenda inside of Sainthood 5F in 1:01; Dynamic One 4F 47.80 in company; Bourbonic 4F 49.60 by himself) and leading Kentucky Oaks contender Malathaat 4F in 48.40.

Jockey Jose Ortiz after working Wood Memorial runner-up Dynamic One a half-mile in 47.80 seconds on the outside of Prime Factor. Splits were 24.40, 36.20 and galloping out in 1;00.60 and 1:13.20.

Jockey Irad Ortiz after working Florida Derby winner Known Agenda 5F in 1:01 with stablemate Sainthood.

Julien Leparoux after working 3-for-3 Tampa Bay Derby winner Helium as easy half-mile in 49.80 shortly after the track opened at 5:15 a.m.

Previously

Thursday:

Jockey Marcelino Pedroza Jr.

Trainer Greg Foley

O Besos b-roll video

Tuesday

Chad Brown on Derby contender Highly Motivated, second by a neck in Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass behind Essential Quality, and 3-for-3 Kentucky Oaks candidate Search Results.

Brad Cox on his Derby contenders, with the news being Arkansas Derby runner-up Caddo River is now considered definite for the Derby, pending Saturday’s work.

Monday

Asmussen on Midnight Bourbon’s work (5 furlongs in 59.80) and more reflection on Super Stock.

Todd Pletcher on his Derby quartet, April 19, 2021

From Sunday: Asmussen on his Oaks fillies

Brad Cox following works by unbeaten champion Essential Quality (5F, 59.60) and Mandaloun (6F 1:11.40), and an update on Arkansas Derby runner-up Caddo River

Jockey Luis Saez on Essential Quality (includes work b-roll)

Jockey Florent Geroux on Mandaloun (includes work b-roll)

Garrett O’Rourke, manager of Juddmonte Farms’ American operation, talks about Mandaloun, the well-beaten favorite in the Fair Grounds’ $1 million TwinSpires Louisiana Derby, and trying to win the Kentucky Derby for the first time after the passing of Juddmonte founder Prince Khalid bin Abdullah in January.

Jockey Tyler Gaffalione after working Soup and Sandwich for the first time for trainer Mark Casse

David Carroll, assistant trainer to Mark Casse, discusses Florida Derby runner-up Soup and Sandwich and 3-for-3 Tampa Bay Derby winner Helium. Julien Leparoux talks about taking over the mount on Helium for the Kentucky Derby.

Thursday:

We catch up with two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher at Churchill Downs after Shadwell Farm’s unbeaten Ashland Stakes winner Malathaat worked a half-mile in 49 seconds for the Kentucky Oaks and his Kentucky Derby quartet of 1-2 Wood Memorial finishers Bourbonic and Dynamic One, Florida Derby winner Known Agenda and Jeff Ruby runner-up Sainthood trained. Video starts with b-roll of Malathaat.

Drayden Van Dyke, 26, was a fixture on the Churchill Downs backstretch as a kid but started his riding career in California. With lots of palm trees but diminishing opportunities, Van Dyke has relocated to his birth state – with three-time Kentucky Derby winner and Hall of Famer Gary Stevens his agent.

Wednesday:

Steve Asmussen relates the twists of fate that led to Super Stock winning the $1 million, Grade 1 Arkansas Derby for his parents, Keith and Marilyn, and Nashville music manager Erv Woolsey.

Tuesday:

Greg Foley talks about Louisiana Derby third-place finisher O Besos, and playing the waiting game to get into the Kentucky Derby. Shot Tuesday, April 13.

Trainer Kenny McPeek talks about his Preakness Stakes winner and 3-year-old champion Swiss Skydiver getting a rematch with two-time champion Monomoy Girl in Oaklawn Park’s Grade 1 Apple Blossom.

Last Saturday:

Kenny McPeek talks about King Fury, upset winner of Saturday’s Stonestreet Lexington. King Fury will run in the Derby if he can get in the 20-horse field; otherwise he’ll train up to the Preakness Stakes.

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