05/01/2013 2:12PM

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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