04/27/2013 11:34AM

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

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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.

Randall More than 1 year ago
Big place/show bet on Frac Daddy and it could pay off...that is what I did in his last race and I will do it on Derby Day. I tell you he is a horse to watch later in the season as one of the top 3 year olds. Give em a run Frac Daddy! On another note I would love to see Jon Court win the Derby. He has been at it so long and always seems like a class guy.
earl More than 1 year ago
Hi Guys: has anyone noticed this. Governor Charlie in spite of being a Grade 3 horse broke the turf record timing but Normandy Invasion, Orb, Overanalyze and Java's War are Grade 1 horses who could not come close to that record on the same distance and same handicap!!! Also note that the daily work-outs and Beyer figures NEVER produced meaningful results. They are good for reading only. How intelligently jockeys ride the race determines the results. In Classics the horse and an intelligent jockey who did a Waiting Race always won. Those that rush to the front, 10% of them only win; they all get beaten at the post. Some stupid trainers and owners advise the jockeys to catch the railings from outermost draws...........how easily they lose 8 to 10 lengths in doing so. These 10 seconds cost them a much deserved race! Have you watched Lester Pigott, Wally Swinburn, Ernie Johnson, McGrath and Shoemaker winning races? They never mingled with the crowd. They always did a Waiting Race and always from their draws where they were placed. And they always won by short-head, neck and 1/2 a length. What I mean to say is that all horses entered for Classics are perfect in their form. How intelligently the jockey rides, settles the horse without losing distance without losing stamina and the final sprint in the last 50 meters determines the result of All races. If Governor Charlie does not get stuck up in the crowd, races clean from the outside and sprints in the last 200 to 150 meters he should give you 50:1 chance to enjoy.
ron More than 1 year ago
at one time all you would hear before the derby was dosage. now you have to work hard to find anything about it, i think strike the gold in the early 90s changed that.(thank god)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would think if a guy was going to bet the 3 Horses, Ver, Rev and N InV, I would say they didn't look good to get better odds. He has also said Owbow and Orb have looked great.
Lourdes Franco More than 1 year ago
sorry buddy overanalyze is too slow
HeWhoWalksBehindTheRows More than 1 year ago
My pick is Overanalyze. He has become kind of a forgotten Pletcher horse, even after his win in the 'weak' Ark Derby. And, overanalyze is what I do every year to the Derby field, so I'm just going to go with it!
Roger More than 1 year ago
We could use a non-biased reporter to report on these works. It's very clear Mr. Welsh is going to be picking Revolutionary, Normandy Invasion and Verrazano for his Derby trifecta. I hope he bets a lot on them. Looked to me Overanalyze had the best work here today but hardly got a mention. This horse has 3 graded stakes wins and is a serious contender in this race. We've heard enough about Normandy Invasion, only a maiden winner. How about reporting on the real contenders?
Infinity More than 1 year ago
Looks like CD will be no problem for Pletcher colts based on these works.
Sam More than 1 year ago
[YAWN] Workouts are nice, shows the colt has no problems, but 4/8ths or 6 furlong works is not the same as running - and winning - the 1 14qt. Derby.