04/28/2007 11:00PM

Busy morning for Derby works


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Nine prospective starters for Saturday's Kentucky Derby worked at three different venues on Sunday morning, including trainer Todd Pletcher’s top three prospects at Keeneland and Nobiz Like Shobiz at Belmont Park.

At Keeneland, Any Given Saturday worked an easy five furlongs in 1:01.25 seconds, Circular Quay went five-eighths in 1:00.25, and Scat Daddy the same distance in 59.56 over the Polytrack surface. All three horses were ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr.

Both Any Given Saturday and Scat Daddy worked alone while Circular Quay went in company with stablemate Rags to Riches, who will be the overwhelming favorite in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks. Rags to Riches was also timed in 1:00.25 as she and Circular Quay went along as a team throughout.

At Belmont, Nobiz Like Shobiz worked five furlongs in 59.98 under regular rider Cornelio Velasquez. Nobiz Like Shobiz was equipped with blinkers and went without company.

Dominican, Sam P., and Teuflesburg all worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs on Sunday. Dominican, upset winner of the Blue Grass Stakes, was timed in 59.40 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13 in company with stablemate Avenstoke. Teuflesburg, whose Derby status remains uncertain at this time, went in 1:00.80 under trainer Jamie Sanders. Sam P., one of five horses trainer Todd Pletcher will send out in the Derby, worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 in company with stablemate Awesome Ashley.

At Hollywood Park on Sunday, Tiago worked six furlongs in a brisk 1:11.40, the best of 27 horses timed at the distance, while Stormello breezed five-eighths in 1:00.80 over a fast track. Jockey Mike Smith was aboard Tiago for trainer John Shirreffs and Kent Desormeaux worked Stormello for trainer Bill Currin.