03/05/2011 12:04PM

Gulfstream Kentucky Derby prospects look good in works

Lou Hodges Jr.
Mucho Macho Man, who won the Risen Star at Fair Grounds (above), breezed a half-mile in 48.58 Saturday at his Gulfstream Park base.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Kentucky Derby prospects Mucho Macho Man and Rogue Romance, first and third finishers two weeks ago in the Grade 2 Risen Star, turned in easy workouts over their home base at Gulfstream Park on Saturday morning.

Mucho Macho Man looked very strong, cruising a half-mile in 48.58 seconds while going easily from start to finish. He galloped out five-eighths in 1:01.86.

Rogue Romance was also in hand breezing four furlongs in 48.78 and galloping out five furlongs in 1:01.90 for trainer Ken McPeek.
Mucho Macho Man and Rogue Romance are expected to meet again in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby on March 26.
Other prominent names on Saturday’s work tab at Gulfstream included Grade 1 Donn Handicap winner Giant Oak and top Kentucky Oaks contender Kathmanblu.

Giant Oak breezed a very easy five-eighths in 1:01.79 after the second renovation break for trainer Chris Block. Kathmanblu went a half earlier in the morning in 50.82.

Trainer Chris Block has tentatively earmarked the Oaklawn Handicap for Giant Oak’s next start.