04/27/2013 8:36AM

Kentucky Derby workouts: Normandy Invasion sharp in pre-dawn drill

Barbara D. Livingston
Normandy Invasion works a quick five furlongs under Javier Herrera on Saturday morning.

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. 

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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.

John Nicoletti More than 1 year ago
Normandy Invasion had a great workout. Gallops out in 112 and change. Fantastic. Best of the field.
Sol Rivera More than 1 year ago
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?
Paul Neville More than 1 year ago
Nobody likes the rev horse with Calvin borel. He is coming in under the rader
Marcmywords More than 1 year ago
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 !
John Haas More than 1 year ago
War emblem, speed to burn.
MT_Black More than 1 year ago
Big Brown!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Java's War will be a BUST, so will Governor Charlie, IMO.
Chavarris More than 1 year ago
Neither is expected to hit the board ...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
OblivionSuckers More than 1 year ago
There's no way you will get anything close to 8-1. Maybe 4-1. Maybe.
Joe Palermo More than 1 year ago
wish the filly was in against the boys she could run them off their feet
karen chaphe More than 1 year ago
Talking about Dreaming of Julia? YUP, YUP, YUP!
MT_Black More than 1 year ago
that filly would get so scared when Verrazano looked her in the eye. plus that horse isnt even gonna win the oaks. Verrazano is huge horse imposes will upon others in a dominating fashion young filly would be terrified and skitish
UKBBALLFANNO1 More than 1 year ago
Snarky More than 1 year ago
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.
Mike Rutledge More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Happened at Normandy. Nickname.