05/02/2006 11:00PM

Kentucky Derby Clocker Report - Wednesday, May 3

Trainer Bob Baffert has three starters in Saturday's Derby, including Bob and John, shown galloping 1 1/2 miles at Churchill Downs on Wednesday under Pepe Aragon.

Another good-looking longshot work


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Wednesday was the busiest morning yet here for Kentucky Derby hopefuls following the arrival the previous afternoon of Bob and John, Point Determined, and A. P. Warrior. Each of them went to the racetrack for the first time following the renovation break. All 19 Derby starters stabled on the grounds at Churchill Downs trained, with Deputy Glitters turning in the final workout of Derby Week shortly after daybreak.

Deputy Glitters (five furlongs in 1:03.36) has looked good since his arrival from New York late last week, and trainer Tom Albertrani said he was looking for a final work in the vicinity of 1:01 and change. But that goal went out the window after Deputy Glitters became a little too complacent once he broke away from the pole and turned in relatively slow early fractions of 13.11 seconds, 26.70, and 39.12 over a racetrack officially listed as fast but that still had a bit of moisture before the break. Once he came out of the turn and switched leads, Deputy Glitters did pick up the pace, completing his final quarter-mile in a very respectable 24.24 while under no urging from exercise rider Keith Allen. Deputy Glitters is one of several longshots coming up to this year's Derby the right way.

Wednesday's active session left some mixed reactions regarding many of this year's leading Derby contenders, with Barbaro, Lawyer Ron, and Bob and John all having an excellent day, whereas Sweetnorthernsaint and Point Determined did not appear to be at their very best.

Barbaro continues to thrive. He was finally given the opportunity to really stretch his legs again after either walking or jogging alongside the stable pony since his brilliant work Saturday, and he proved more than willing to do just that, showing a bit of his athleticism along the way when he deftly angled to the inside to avoid traffic near the five-furlong pole.

Lawyer Ron has been a bundle of seemingly uncontrollable energy for the last week, spending much of his mornings galloping with his mouth open and head cocked to the inside, appearing on the verge of running off on Monday. But he had without a doubt his best day yet Wednesday, finally coming to hand and relaxing for exercise rider Betsy Couch while sharing the track with only Keyed Entry at the end of the early training session.

Bob and John made a very favorable first impression and was easily the best of trainer Bob Baffert's three Derby players to gallop Wednesday. Bob and John immediately broke off into a smooth, comfortable stride, and maintained a nice relaxed pace throughout his sharp 1 1/2-mile gallop.

Point Determined, on the other hand, did not appear to have the same energy level as his stablemate, nor did he seem to handle the new surroundings as well. His action would best be described as sloppy, and he also failed to change leads down the stretch or around the clubhouse turn.

Sweetnorthernsaint also looked particularly rough throughout most of his 1 1/4-mile gallop, his strides short and choppy, in contrast to the way he had moved so fluently during several excellent training sessions leading up to last Saturday's five-furlong work. He also didn't appear to travel as fluidly on Tuesday morning as he had earlier, albeit over a wet and uneven surface. He still has a couple of days to get back on the right track, but these observations are cause for at least some concern for Sweetnorthernsaint's ever-growing legion of supporters.

Likely Derby favorite Brother Derek got back to business after taking the previous morning off to recuperate from Monday's relatively easy half-mile work. He had a routine one-mile gallop and appeared none the worse for wear for his work, with exercise rider Angel Rangel having to reach for another hold passing the finish line to keep Brother Derek from doing too much.

Bluegrass Cat had an unsettling and somewhat unlucky morning but was full of vigor. Exercise rider Luis Castillo had his hands full just to keep his horse from running off when they hooked in with a worker approaching the stretch. Bluegrass Cat encountered a similar situation while trying to wend his way through traffic down the backstretch, but it was nice to see him tugging and pulling so willingly following Saturday's somewhat lackluster work.

A. P. Warrior was the last of the Derby horses to hit the track, coming out shortly after 9:30 a.m. He spent much of his time looking around at the new surroundings and even took a bit of an erratic path inside the eighth pole, but despite failing to devote full attention to business, he seemed to stride along smoothly and soundly throughout.


A.P. Warrior: Galloped 1 1/4 miles.

Barbaro: Galloped 1 1/2 miles, visited starting gate.

Bluegrass Cat: Galloped 1 1/4 miles, stood at gate.

Bob and John: Galloped 1 1/2 miles.

Brother Derek: Galloped one mile.

Cause to Believe: Stood at gate, galloped 1 1/2 miles, schooled in paddock before the second race.

Deputy Glitters: Worked five furlongs in 1:03.36.

Flashy Bull: Galloped 1 3/8 miles.

Jazil: Galloped 1 3/8 miles.

Keyed Entry: Galloped 1 1/4 miles, stood at gate.

Lawyer Ron: Galloped two miles.

Point Determined: Galloped 1 1/2 miles.

Private Vow: Galloped one mile.

Seaside Retreat: Galloped 1 1/2 miles.

Sharp Humor: Galloped one slow mile accompanied by the stable pony.

Showing Up: Galloped 1 3/8 miles at Belmont Park.

Sinister Minister: Galloped 1 1/2 miles.

Steppenwolfer: Galloped 1 5/8 miles, stood at gate.

Storm Treasure: Galloped one mile.

Sweetnorthernsaint: Galloped 1 1/2 miles

- Mike Welsch