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Kentucky Derby workouts: Normandy Invasion sharp in pre-dawn drill
By Mike Welsch
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Normandy Invasion was one of three potential Kentucky Derby starters to work prior to the renovation break Saturday at Churchill Downs, a session that also included breezes from all four of trainer Todd Pletcher’s prospective Oaks runners led by Dreaming of Julia.
Working just minutes after the track opened for training at 5:45 a.m., Normandy Invasion was full of run approaching the five eighths pole, posting splits of 23.36 and 34.89 seconds before completing five furlongs in 58.89 and galloping out six panels in 1:12.13.
Mylute followed Normandy Invasion and breezed an easy half-mile in 50.60 with jockey Rosie Napravnik aboard before shutting down rather quickly to gallop out a slow five-eighths in 1:06.13.
Black Onyx was the last of the Derby workers during Saturday’s early session, going a half mile in 48.59 after breaking off eight lengths behind Nowhere to Hide, the 17th place finisher in the 2009 Derby.
Dreaming of Julia turned in little more than a maintenance work, restrained through a slow half mile in 50.89 before galloping out five eighths in 1:04.08.
Unlimited Budget looked very sharp, easily getting the best of fellow Oaks hopeful Silsita after cruising through a sharp five furlongs in 59.57 and galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.73.
Princess of Sylmar also breezed a half mile, going a bit better than Fusaichiswonderful and completing the distance in 48.88.
Seven possible Derby starters were scheduled to work after the break, five for Pletcher and both Java’s War and Frac Daddy from the barn of Ken McPeek.
Normandy Invasion had a great workout. Gallops out in 112 and change. Fantastic. Best of the field.
Friendly Reminder: Normandy Invasion is ONLY maiden winner. Somebody please tell me, when has a non stakes winner ever won The Kentucky Derby Presented by YUM! Brands?
Nobody likes the rev horse with Calvin borel. He is coming in under the rader
Gotta go 10f to win...We see it every year, most are real good at 8f or 9f but when it comes to running 10f only a few have what it takes to win. Look at the preps. Find the one with kick at the end of 9f. Find the one who had to go longer or wider last race. Then last but not least find the one with a smart rider, because when it comes to 10f the jockey has got to know how to ride in a large field. The last time speed dominated the Kentucky Derby was when a filly won the race. Anybody remember her name?... Winning Colors !
Java's War will be a BUST, so will Governor Charlie, IMO.
Verrazano didn't need to beat Normandy Invasion and VyJack by anymore get a clue, why spend everything in the Wood he won by the margin he needed. I'm not saying he'll win the KD but Johnny V saved something he could have added to his lead. I don't want Verrazano to go off the Favorite. Let ORB have it, he looks awesome. I hope Verrazano goes off at 8-1.
wish the filly was in against the boys she could run them off their feet
Beat NORMANDY INVASION ans you WIN!
No. Invasions problem? He gets mugged coming out of the gate. Probably too late to start now but gate works, in company, could gain a step or two and be more encouraging to bettors. Workouts are good when he's alone, has room to run. Right now he shows symptoms of seconditis. No doubt future superstar, after 3yo classics, when he returns to racings plague, short fields.
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