Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com) – Arkansas Derby winner American Pharoah,
the probable Kentucky Derby favorite, had his final workout Sunday before
Saturday’s 141st Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Bob Baffert, the champion colt covered five furlongs in 58.40
seconds, the fastest of 32 working the distance Sunday, with jockey Martin
Garcia. Victor Espinoza will again be in the saddle for the Run for the Roses.
“He’s where we want him to be,” Baffert said. “He hasn’t regressed. He looks
great. It was pretty exciting to come in here on a nice, cool day, so
everything worked out. From here on out we have to keep him happy.”
Santa Anita Derby champ Dortmund, also trained by Baffert, arrived Sunday
afternoon at Churchill along with Sunland Derby winner Firing Line and Bolo,
third in the Santa Anita Derby.
Blue Grass Stakes runner-up Danzig Moon galloped 1 1/2 miles Sunday with
exercise rider William Cano at Churchill.
“He went pretty well this morning and tomorrow he will probably go to the
paddock,” said Norman Casse, assistant to his father, trainer Mark Casse.
El Kabeir, third in the Wood Memorial, will arrive in Louisville Monday
morning from New York.
“Everything is great here and he is getting ready to ship this afternoon,”
trainer John Terranova said. “He will get in early tomorrow morning, get the
day off and go to the track Tuesday.”
Far Right, second in the Arkansas Derby, galloped 1 1/2 miles Sunday morning
with Laura Moquett aboard. The colt is owned by Harry Rosenblum and Robert
LaPenta, and trained by Ron Moquett.
Wood Memorial winner Frosted is scheduled to arrive in Louisville Tuesday from
“He’s good this morning and he will go to the track in the morning,” trainer
Kiaran McLaughlin said Sunday. “He will train Tuesday morning and then get a
noon flight to Louisville.”
UAE Derby winner Mubtaahij has been stabled at Arlington Park with Trevor
Brown, assistant to trainer Mike de Kock. The colt will van to Churchill on
Ocho Ocho Ocho galloped 1 1/2 miles at Churchill under Matt Williams, exercise
rider and assistant to trainer Jim Cassidy.
“Nothing too exciting,” Williams said. “He went really good,”
War Story, third in the Louisiana Derby, jogged a mile and galloped 1 1/2
miles with exercise rider Marvin Orantes at Churchill.
“He had a good day getting over the track,” trainer Tom Amoss said. “The most
disappointing thing this morning was watching how good American Pharoah
Blue Grass Stakes winner Carpe Diem had a one-mile jog around Keeneland.