05/01/2013 3:12PM

Kentucky Derby workouts: Revolutionary back to normal routine


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – All 18 of the 20 prospective Kentucky Derby starters on the grounds at Churchill Downs on Wednesday went to the track almost simultaneously after the renovation break, many taking the opportunity to visit the starting gate at the top of the stretch for brief schooling sessions.

Wednesday at Churchill

60 degrees, sunny, fast

Revolutionary, the only one of trainer Todd Pletcher’s five Derby starters who did not gallop Tuesday, returned to his regular routine and had another good morning. In fact, the entire Pletcher quintet looked very relaxed and made favorable impressions prior to spending some time at the gate.

Palace Malice was equipped once again with the blinkers that he’ll compete in for the first time Saturday.

Verrazano appeared to be a little warm coming off the track after galloping and spending some time at the gate, but it was a warm morning.

Orb did nothing more than jog once around the track the wrong way next to his stable pony, par for the course 48 hours after Monday’s eye-catching work.

Normandy Invasion got over the ground very nicely in another in a series of aggressive gallops, while Goldencents also was on his toes but perhaps a little more relaxed than the previous morning, coming readily to hand when asked to pull up entering the backstretch.

Itsmyluckyday had another terrific morning, really flourishing here at Churchill Downs.

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Oxbow again looked very uncomfortable jogging a mile the wrong way. Vyjack switched leads several times through the stretch, perhaps not the best of signs, while galloping under trainer Rudy Rodriguez. He’s scheduled to blow out Thursday.

Falling Sky was full of run, as usual, flying by the finish line as he’s been doing on a regular basis for more than a week, while Golden Soul continues to make a very favorable visual impression.

Java’s War was the more aggressive of trainer Ken McPeek’s Derby duo, giving his best Frac Daddy impression with a spirited training session. The latter was a bit more settled Wednesday after getting a little rank the previous day.

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Richard More than 1 year ago
Well, I have studied the KY derby form for a day now. My 14th study tells me that Mylute is the horse to play, like Animal Kingdom was 2 years ago. He won his race at 6F and has extended his good running streak, and came from so far back lately. I think he will be bet more than you think, though it seems the public gets these big races wrong consistently. The only thing is, the age old betting problem, how do you bet this race, any takers, hehe, DD
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
the ONLY way Verrazano wont be 1st or 2nd in the derby is if he gets stuck in the gate! and even then they still might have a tough time!
not impressed More than 1 year ago
I think he'll be in the top 10 but not the top 4.
CassSpeaks More than 1 year ago
I don't see how Verrazano can be fit enough. He wasn't able to stand training as a two-year-old and was fired, which is somewhat drastic. He hasn't lost any weight since then. He hasn't run a fast race. He's had to be coddled.
not impressed More than 1 year ago
And he has the no 2yo race jinx 2. And don't anyone throw the "but he raced Jan 1st" thing out there either. It's still 2013 last I checked and NOT 2012.
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
No La Derby winner has parlayed to win at Churchill Louisville yum brands streat will continue 2013...........bo rail/pletcher or not
Peyton Lasiter More than 1 year ago
It doesnt really matter about the history of La. Derby winners. The horse is a race horse and shows that much more than any other entered for Sat. Funny Cide and Peace Rule ran well in both races, just in case you are interested. Since Mine My Bird won after finishing out of the money in Sunland, do you discount the Sunland Derby.; You got to watch the horses. Tampa Bay Derby may have produced a winner, but does that mean its winner will always be competitive?
Mike Barker More than 1 year ago
the horse doesnt know what race he ran in last out, stats are made to be boken kid
Bryan E More than 1 year ago
Grindstone. Although I am not sure how much Yum was involved at the time.
CassSpeaks More than 1 year ago
No grey horse won the Derby for 83 years.
Sir More than 1 year ago
Has it been that long since Monarchos???? What year is this????
not impressed More than 1 year ago
Um Winning Colors was a GREY (she was NOT a roan because she turned white! Roans don't turn white as they age!), Monarchos was a GREY. Did you forget them?
JasonD73 More than 1 year ago
No horse since 2003, that used the Wood as their final prep has won the Derby... I believe Funny Cide was the last.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Maybe now the hysteria about Revolutionary not working out will die down. There was an explosion on social media when word got out about the boots and being seen just galloping. I hope Revolutionary fans will keep the faith. If you believe in him, stick with him.
CassSpeaks More than 1 year ago
Settle down. "If you BELIEVE IN him?" Derby day is not a religious holiday. I think Revolutionary is the second coming of Ribot, but that's not faith-based, it's an opinion.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
It's the one day a year I make sure I practice my religion. God bless.
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
Still a believer over here!
Richard More than 1 year ago
I think ORB is still the horse to beat, but since LAST YEAR I have been a REVOLUTIONARY fan and I'm not "jumping ship". Having been a horsman myself, I would presume the JOGGING Day after a WALK DAY may have been due to some quite common "joint injections". I, myself, frequently get them for my knees. We're not talking MORPHINE here; just a little cortizone or such to relieve minor inflamation. Certainly it's not his tendon as was I'll HAVE ANOTHER, which can have dire consequences.. I do believe slop will help him as it is to rain. War Pass won the BC Juvenial in the slop, but I'm not sure how his dam's side fared. This horse is the only poroven FIGHTER; I like that. Maybe he's not the BEST horse, but that's what gambling is all about.
rvraynmary More than 1 year ago
After the race a lot of people headed to the pay windows will be saying "it's my lucky day" because I bet on a horse with that name. He will show his stuff and make his dad and grandad proud. Watch him!!! stuckinarizona