04/10/2010 3:06PM

Oaklawn: Arkansas Derby Workouts


A number of horses in the field for this afternoon's Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby have had local works in preparation for the mile and an eighth race. Noble's Promise, the probable favorite, and Dublin, who has been based here all winter, are chief among the horses who have spent a nice amount of time this winter in Hot Springs.

Noble's Promise came here from Florida last month for the Grade 2, $300,000 Rebel on March 13 and after finishing second by a head to champion Lookin At Lucky remained in town. Noble's Promise has worked twice here, going five furlongs in 1:02.80 on March 26, then a bullet 1:00.80 on April 3. He was kind early in both works, which came under Walter Blum Jr., the assistant to trainer Ken McPeek. In his most recent drill, Noble's Promise went the opening quarter in 25.40 seconds, then galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.20.

Dublin also showed rateablity in his most serious prep for the Arkansas Derby, when worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:11.60 on March 27. He broke off about three lengths behind two workmates, moved between them at the three-eighths pole, then left them in the stretch to finish at least five lengths clear of his company. His splits were 12 seconds for the opening eighth of a mile, 23.40 for the first quarter; 35.60 for three furlongs, 47.80 for the half-mile and 59.60 seconds for five furlongs. He galloped out seven furlongs in 1:24.80, under jockey Terry Thompson.

New Madrid, who finished second to future Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Park Derby winner Endorsement in an Oaklawn maiden race Feb. 20, had his final work for the Arkansas Derby on April 3. He breezed five furlongs in 1:01.20, under jockey Abel Castellano Jr. The horse, who won his maiden in front-running fashion here March 13, went off quick, getting his opening eighth of a mile in 11.60 seconds, according to clockers. He proceeded through splits of 23.40 for the opening quarter and 36.20 for three furlongs before galloping out six furlongs in 1:17.