04/27/2013 10:34AM

Kentucky Derby workouts: Verrazano, Revolutionary top Pletcher's gang of five

Barbara D. Livingston
Verrazano works five furlongs on Saturday morning at Churchill Downs.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Stablemates Revolutionary and Verrazano topped a very busy Kentucky Derby/Oaks training session Saturday morning at Churchill Downs as trainers scrambled to beat the heavy rains predicted for later in the day.

Revolutionary, with recently elected Hall of Famer Calvin Borel aboard, had his second straight big work over the Churchill strip, breezing an easy half-mile in company with an overmatched Charming Kitten. Revolutionary completed the distance in 48.11 seconds before galloping out strongly, getting five-eighths in 1:00.58.

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Verrazano, going in company with regular partner Authenticity, was the only member of trainer Todd Pletcher’s Derby five pack to breeze five furlongs, completing the distance in 59.51 over a very fast track before galloping out six panels in 1:12.92.

Pletcher paired Overanalyze and Palace Malice up against one another, with the former breaking off a length behind and finishing on even terms. Overanalyze covered four furlongs in 46.90, Palace Malice got the distance in 47.10, with both shading 1:01 for their five-furlong gallop out.

Trainer Ken McPeek teamed up his Derby duo of Frac Daddy and Java’s War, with the former much the stronger of the pair, covering  five-eighths in 1:02.00 and galloping out six furlongs in 1:16.03. 

The lone Kentucky Oaks worker during the special training session was Bill Mott’s Flashy Gray, who covered five furlongs in 1:00.81 before galloping out six panels in 1:14.88.