Updated on 09/18/2011 12:53AM

Desormeaux misses workout on 'Saint'


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - It all worked out fine in the end for the connections of Sweetnorthernsaint, but the gelding's final workout for next Saturday's 132nd Kentucky Derby hardly went without a hitch.

When jockey Kent Desormeaux overslept Saturday morning, trainer Michael Trombetta had to go to Plan B. Jockey Calvin Borel, who was scheduled to be on Fleet Valid, a workmate for Sweetnorthernsaint, wound up getting on Sweetnorthernsaint. James Hissam, Borel's agent, lined up Willie Martinez to work Fleet Valid.

While the incident caused Trombetta some anxious moments, the 39-year-old trainer's nerves were calmed after he watched Sweetnorthernsaint work six furlongs in 1:11.79 in a very solid move.

"The boys hit it right on the head," Trombetta said. "They did exactly what I asked them to do. When I tell you exactly, I mean to the fifth of a second. I'm not upset by any means."

Desormeaux, who is scheduled to ride Sweetnorthernsaint in the Derby, flew to Louisville from New York on Friday night. Desormeaux said he woke up at 8 a.m., adding that his hotel failed to give him a wake-up call.

"I certainly wish I didn't have my name associated with it - it's embarrassing - but the hotel didn't ring me and I broke my phone charger, I had a dead [cellular] phone," Desormeaux said from the Aqueduct jockeys' room after flying back to New York. "I went all the way to Kentucky to have a restful night's sleep."

Trombetta said he received a phone call from an extremely apologetic Desormeaux after the work.

"I said 'Kent, I ain't upset, it got done,' " Trombetta said. "Human error."

Trombetta said Desormeaux's mistake wouldn't cost him the mount come Derby Day.

"Oh God, no," Trombetta said. "I've had it happen, but I wouldn't have thought it would have happened today."

Desormeaux said he plans to return to Louisville on Thursday night along with his wife, Sonia.

"I'm going to have a live person to wake me up Derby Day and her name is Sonia," Desormeaux said.

Pletcher takes it easy with Bluegrass Cat

Trainer Todd Pletcher believes he may have overtrained Bluegrass Cat leading up to the Blue Grass Stakes, so he has spent the last two weeks since that race hoping to recharge his colt's batteries.

That is why Pletcher only worked Bluegrass Cat four furlongs on Saturday in his final prep for the Derby. Bluegrass Cat was credited with a four-furlong move in 50.80 seconds.

"I thought it was okay; I wanted him to go 49 to 50 with him," Pletcher said. "He was just galloping; my purpose was I didn't want to deplete the tank at all."

Pletcher said Bluegrass Cat turned in his fastest work ever when he went five furlongs in 59 seconds two weeks before the Blue Grass. Pletcher added that Bluegrass Cat galloped out a strong mile six days before the race. Bluegrass Cat finished fourth in the Blue Grass, beaten 21 1/4 lengths.

"I just felt like maybe I overdid it a little," Pletcher said. "With three weeks' rest I wanted to fill the tank back up."

Pletcher said he was extremely pleased with Keyed Entry's six-furlong workout that was timed in 1:12.52. Keyed Entry, who set the pace in the Wood Memorial before fading to third, threw his head several times at the beginning of the work and was really tugging at Angel Cordero Jr.

"I thought he worked dynamite," Pletcher said. "He was a touch headstrong when he first went off, but that's kind of him. There was a wave of traffic there and he had some targets, but actually after the first sixteenth he settled pretty well."

Pletcher also worked Florida Derby third-place finisher Sunriver, who was credited with a six-furlong move in 1:13.60, though Daily Racing Form clocked him seven furlongs in 1:26.38. Pletcher is hoping there are enough defections to get Sunriver into the Derby. If Sunriver doesn't make it into the field, he would run in either the Peter Pan at Belmont or the Sir Barton at Pimlico. Both races are on May 20.

McLaughlin's latest longshots are ready

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin just missed registering one of the biggest upsets in Kentucky Derby history when Closing Argument finished second, a half-length behind fellow longshot Giacomo, at odds of 70-1 here last year. He's back again this spring with one, and possibly two, potential Derby starters, Jazil and Flashy Bull, who completed their major preparations for the race by working in company on Saturday.

Flashy Bull still needs a little help to get into the Derby field, as he was 21st on the graded earnings list among the 3-year-olds pointing for the race following Saturday's Derby Trial.

"I thought they both worked great," said McLaughlin, who trains Jazil for the Shadwell Stable and Flashy Bull for West Point Thoroughbreds. "We're ready."

McLaughlin, who moved the works up one day with rain in the forecast for Sunday, said the final Derby preps for this year's duo were orchestrated a bit differently than Closing Argument's last work in 2005.

"Closing Argument had gone 80 days between races prior to running in the Blue Grass, which was a true prep for the Derby for him, and had to do a little more," McLaughlin explained. "Fitness-wise, Jazil and Flashy Bull are doing better. Neither of them have missed any time."

Flashy Bull did suffer a minor setback when he was found to have a case of the thumps - an electrolyte imbalance - after finishing a disappointing seventh in the Grade 1 Florida Derby. McLaughlin is hoping history won't repeat if his horse cracks the starting lineup for the Derby.

"The thumps cost him no training, but I am a little concerned they could recur next week if he runs," said McLaughlin.

- additional reporting by Mike Welsch