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Kentucky Derby workouts: Revolutionary back to normal routine
By Mike Welsch
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
No La Derby winner has parlayed to win at Churchill Louisville yum brands streat will continue 2013...........bo rail/pletcher or not
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.
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