Quartet of Derby Contenders on Quiet Saturday

April 22, 2023

Disarm hits the track April 22 (JennyPhoto/Past The Wire)

Kentucky Derby Week Stakes Probables 

Derby Update/Edited

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Two weeks remain until the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) and it was a quiet Saturday morning at Churchill Downs where only four Kentucky Derby contenders trained during the special 15-minute period reserved for Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders from 7:30-7:45 a.m. (all times Eastern).

TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (GII) runner-up Disarm and Holy Bull (GIII) winner Rocket Can galloped about 1 ½ miles at 7:30 a.m. while Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Angel of Empire and Wood Memorial (GII) runner-up Hit Show jogged about one mile.

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The quiet Saturday morning was the opposite of last year on this day when eight Derby and Oaks contenders recorded published workouts. However, five Kentucky Derby contenders recorded published workouts Friday: Angel of Empire(six furlongs, 1:13.40); Forte (five furlongs, 1:02); Hit Show(five furlongs, 1:01); Tapit Trice (four furlongs, :48.60) and Verifying (five furlongs, 1:01).

Tapit Trice on the track each day. Friday he worked a half-mile. (Coady Photography)

Rocket Can, trained by Bill Mott, is scheduled to breeze Sunday while the next workouts for Rebel (GII) winner Confidence Game and Blue Grass (GI) fourth-place finisher Sun Thunder are still to be determined, according to their respective connections.

Sunland Park Derby winner Wild On Ice had an easy day in Barn 43 for trainer Joel Marr following his two-mile gallop Friday. Marr said Wild On Ice could work again Thursday or Friday.

UAE Derby (GII) winner Derma Sotogake (JPN) and third-place finisher Continuar (JPN) had a regular training day Saturday. Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby representative Kate Hunter stated Friday on “Inside Churchill Downs” that the duo could record published workouts early next week.

Monday will begin the first of 11 days for the Kentucky Derby Morning Works Show presented by TwinSpires.com featuring expert handicappers Joe KristufekScott Shapiro and Kaitlin Free along with an array of popular industry figures such as former leading rider Rosie Napravnik and Churchill Downs Track Announcer Travis Stone

The one-hour program will be streamed live on www.KentuckyDerby.com/works from 7-8 a.m. starting Monday and will feature the 15-minute exclusive training period for Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders from 7:30-7:45 a.m. Fans can also watch the broadcast across several of the Kentucky Derby social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Kentucky Derby Week Stakes Probables 

Here are the early known probable entries (with trainers) for the 20 stakes events on Kentucky Derby Week outside of the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) and the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI), according to Churchill Downs Assistant Racing Secretary and Stakes Coordinator Dan Bork

SATURDAY, APRIL 29 

The 13th running of the $175,000 ROXELANA OVERNIGHT STAKES for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up at six furlongs (entries close Wednesday): Coppelia (Phil Bauer); Last Leaf (Eddie Kenneally); My Destiney (Herman Wilensky); and Pretty Birdie (Norm Casse).

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 

The fifth running of the $175,000 ISAAC MURPHY MARATHON OVERNIGHT STAKES for 4-year-olds and up at 1 ½ miles (entries close Friday): Good Skate (Mike Maker); Lone Rock (Robertino Diodoro), Next (Doug Cowans); Scarlet Fusion (Joe Sharp); and Warrant (Brad Cox).

The fourth running of the $225,000 Mamzelle (Listed) for 3-year-old fillies at 5 ½ furlongs on turf (entries close Friday): Margoinabubblebath (Donnie Habeeb); and Sassy Nature (Luis Mendez).

THURSDAY, MAY 4

The second running of the $175,000 St. Matthews Overnight Stakes for 4-year-olds and up at six furlongs (entries close Sunday, April 30): Bagboss (Brendan Walsh); Bango (Greg Foley); Heart Rhythm (John Oritz); Miles Ahead (Paul McGee); and Pirate Rick (Lynn Cash). 

The 18th running of the $300,000 OPENING VERSE (Listed) for 4-year-olds and up at one mile on turf (entries close Sunday, April 30): Camp Hope (Kenny McPeek); Churchtown (Roger Attfield); Gray’s Fable (Brian Lynch); and Stitched (Greg Foley).

The 29th running of the $200,000 KENTUCKY JUVENILE for 2-year-olds at five furlongs (entries close Sunday, April 30): Nullify (Wayne Lukas). 

FRIDAY, MAY 5

The 38th running of the $750,000 LA TROIENNE (GI) for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up at 1 1/16 miles (entries close Monday, May 1): A MoReay (Brad Cox); Classy Edition (Todd Pletcher); Kathleen O. (Shug McGaughey); Played Hard (Phil Bauer); and Secret Oath (Wayne Lukas).

The 20th running of the $600,000 ALYSHEBA presented by Sentient Jet (GII) for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles (entries close Monday, May 1): Milliken (Ian Wilkes); Rich Strike (Eric Reed); Smile Happy (Kenny McPeek); and West Will Power (Brad Cox).

The 39th running of the $500,000 Edgewood presented by Forcht Bank (GII) for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on turf (entries close Monday, May 1): Cairo Consort (Todd Pletcher); Girl Named Charlie (Tom Amoss); Heavenly Sunday (Brad Cox); Mission of Joy (Graham Motion); and Sabalenka (Whit Beckman). 

The 68th running of the $500,000 EIGHT BELLES (GII) for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs (entries close Monday, May 1): Ami Please (Doug O’Neill); Grand Love (Rodolphe Brisset); Munnys Gold (Todd Pletcher); Olivia Twist (Todd Fincher); Positano Sunset (Ian Wilkes); Red Carpet Ready (Rusty Arnold); and Yvonne’s Miss (Bill Morey).

The 13th running of the $300,000 Unbridled Sidney presented by Sysco (Listed) for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at 5 ½ furlongs on turf (entries close Monday, May 1): Bay Storm (Jonathan Thomas); Caravel (Brad Cox); Mamba Wamba (IRE) (Brendan Walsh); and New Boss (Bret Calhoun).

The 66th running of the $300,000 MODESTY (GIII) for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf (entries close Monday, May 1): Australia Mia (Michael McCarthy); New Year’s Eve (Chad Brown); and Transient (GB) (Chad Brown).

SATURDAY, MAY 6 

The 37th running of the $1 million OLD FORESTER BOURBON TURF CLASSIC (GI) for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf (entries close Monday, May 1): Santin (Brendan Walsh); Spooky Channel (Jason Barkley); Up to the Mark (Todd Pletcher); and Wolfie’s Dynaghost (Jonathan Thomas).

The 88th running of the $750,000 CHURCHILL DOWNS PRESENTED BY FORD (GI) for 4-year-olds and up at seven furlongs (entries close Monday, May 1): Endorsed (Mike Maker); Get Her Number (Peter Miller); Here Mi Song (Billy Stinson); Hoist the Gold (Dallas Stewart); Sir Alfred James (Lynn Cash); and Steal Sunshine (George Papaprodromou). Possible: Cody’s Wish (Bill Mott).

The 37th running of the $750,000 DERBY CITY DISTAFF presented by Kendall-Jackson Winery (GI) for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up at seven furlongs (entries close Monday, May 1): Frank’s Rockette (Bill Mott); Hot and Sultry (Norm Casse); and Matareya (Brad Cox).

The 32nd running of the $500,000 AMERICAN TURF (GII) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on turf (entries close Monday, May 1): Far Bridge (Todd Pletcher); Johannes (Tim Yakteen); Major Dude (Todd Pletcher); Mendelssohns March (Kenny McPeek); Mo Stash (Vicki Oliver); Scoobie Quando (Ben Colebrook); Talk of the Nation (Shug McGaughey); and Wadsworth (Brad Cox).

The 38th running of the $500,000 LONGINES CHURCHILL DISTAFF TURF MILE (GII) for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up at one mile on turf (entries close Monday, May 1): Haughty (Chad Brown); Sharp Hero (Bradley Ross); Spanderella (Graham Motion); Sweet Dani Girl (Carlo Vaccarezza); and Wakanaka (IRE) (Bill Mott).

The 99th running of the $500,000 PAT DAY MILE (GII) for 3-year-olds at one mile (entries close Monday, May 1): Bourbon Bash (D. Wayne Lukas); Dreaming of Kona (Aldana Spieth); Frosted Departure (Kenny McPeek); General Jim (Shug McGaughey); Gilmore (Brendan Walsh); Kangaroo Court (Tim Yakteen); and Tall Boy (Doug O’Neill).

The 29th running of the $500,000 TWINSPIRES TURF SPRINT (GII) for 3-year-olds and up at 5 ½ furlongs on turf (entries close Monday, May 1): Artemus Citylimits (Mike Maker); Bad Beat Brian (Brittany Vanden Berg); Big Invasion (Christophe Clement); Carotari (Brian Lynch); Evan Sing (Al Stall Jr.); Go Bears Go (Wesley Ward); and Oceanic (Jordan Blair).

The second running of the $175,000 KNICKS GO OVERNIGHT STAKES for 4-year-olds and up at one mile (entries close Monday, May 1): Caddo River (D. Wayne Lukas); Gulfstream Way (Rachel Sells); Masqueparade (Al Stall Jr.); Noble Drama (David Fawkes); Petulante (Victor Barboza Jr.); Promise Keeper (Dallas Stewart); Surly Furious (Glenn Wismer); Three Technique (Jason Cook); and Zozos (Brad Cox).

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