05/01/2005 11:00PM

Kentucky Derby clocker report for Monday

Coin Silver on the track under Angel Cordero, Jr. Monday morning at Churchill Downs. DRF's Mike Welsch timed the Todd Pletcher-trained Derby hopeful going five furlongs in 1:01.06.

Weather: Sunny, Temp. 44
Track: Fast

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Monday was the relative calm after Sunday's storm of Kentucky Derby workouts, with only three members of the prospective field working at Churchill Downs and a fourth, Buzzards Bay, breezing at Santa Anita.

For the second consecutive morning the weather was clear, unseasonably cold, and the track was fast.

Work of the day

Trainer Todd Pletcher didn't want to do too much with Coin Silver (five furlongs in 1:01.06) just nine days after his victory in the Lexington Stakes earned him a ticket into this year's Kentucky Derby, but what the colt did was enough to earn work of the day honors.

Coin Silver went in company with Illinois Derby runner-up Monarch Lane and had the services of three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Angel Cordero Jr. Coin Silver spotted his mate about a half-length leaving the pole but was able to stick his head in front after covering his opening three furlongs in a well-measured 36 seconds. With Cordero offering little urging, Coin Silver readily pulled away from Monarch Lane, reaching the wire about four lengths in front after getting a final quarter in 24.74. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.85.

On its own merit, the work was not eye-catching, but it was exactly what Pletcher wanted and a perfect maintenance move six days from the big dance.

In contrast to Coin Silver's fairly even work, Sort It Out got anxious approaching the pole to begin his work in company with stablemate Apalachee Tiger and as a result worked a very fast and aggressive five furlongs under exercise rider Dana Barnes. Sort It Out's early fractions of 11.74, 23.25, and 34.63 were among the quickest of the day even though he was under little urging from Barnes once scampering away from the pole. His momentum carried him about four paths wide off the turn, and he finished about a half-length ahead of his mate, who was under heavy pressure down the stretch. Despite tiring a bit near the wire, Sort It Out did gallop out in a creditable 1:00.88, doing enough to solidify his starting spot as one of the longshots in this year's Derby.

Closing Argument (five furlongs in 1:01.54), unlike all the other Derby hopefuls who have worked in company here over the past several days, he was placed inside his workmate. The drill started off a trifle quicker than trainer Kiaran McLaughlin might have liked. With exercise rider Danny Wright aboard, Closing Argument went his opening furlong in 11.74, settled down around the turn, but seemed to lose focus through the stretch when attempting to drift a bit, especially after clearing off from workmate Cartoonist inside the eighth pole. His gallop out was non-existent, giving him a six-furlong time of 1:16.28.

At Santa Anita, Buzzards Bay worked a bullet six furlongs in 1:11.40 under regular rider Mark Guidry while in company with stablemate Florida Keys before galloping out seven furlongs in 1:26, according to trainer Jeff Mullins's watch.

Bandini and Flower Alley made surprise appearances moments after the racetrack opened at 6 a.m. Bandini was accompanied by trainer Todd Pletcher on the stable pony and Flower Alley went solo with exercise rider Michelle Nehei. Although both horses had worked five furlongs less than 24 hours earlier, they jogged along at a relatively brisk pace, with Bandini looking particularly sharp and neither colt appearing any the worse for wear from their previous morning's experience.

Afleet Alex altered his normal two-a-day routine, making just a single appearance but spending quite a bit of time on the track, jogging one mile and galloping nearly two more with a brief paddock visit in between. He was scheduled to work Tuesday.

High Limit had another good day. He galloped a strong 1 1/2 miles and finished at better than a two-minute clip before pulling up near the five-furlong pole.

Sun King pulled up a little sooner than expected from a relatively slow early-morning gallop, going only 1 1/4 miles under regular exercise rider Carlos Correa.

Greater Good, whose high action gives him the appearance of hitting the ground rather hard when he gallops, had a nice morning as he galloped a strong two miles and was a handful the second time around for exercise rider Betsy Couch.

* Summerly was the only Oaks filly to work, breezing a half-mile in 48.71 before galloping out a rather lackluster five furlongs in 1:03.42 under jockey Corey Lanerie.