05/13/2013 9:14AM

Preakness: Mylute, Govenor Charlie, Lukas trio work at Churchill Downs

Barbara D. Livingston
Mylute, here training before the his fifth-place Kentucky Derby finish, breezed a half-mile in 49.60 at Churchill Downs on Monday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - At Churchill Downs, no fewer than five Preakness hopefuls had their final pre-race workouts Monday morning over a fast track.

Mylute, with Rosie Napravnik up, was among the first on the track before 6 a.m., breezing a half-mile in 49.60 seconds. The gray colt was fifth in the Kentucky Derby and therefore will be the rival who finished closest to Orb in the Derby to return to challenge him again in the Preakness. (None of the respective 2-3-4 finishers – Golden Soul, Revolutionary, and Normandy Invasion – are running Saturday.)

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“He went just as we expected,” said Tom Amoss, trainer of Mylute. “If you’re looking for a work to say ‘wow’ about, he’s not your horse. The work was very typical of how he went before the Kentucky Derby. He showed good energy, and that’s all we were looking for.”

At about the same time, Titletown Five, the first of three Preakness hopefuls trained by D. Wayne Lukas, ended a one-mile gallop at a two-minute lick with a quarter-mile that went untimed. Some 20 minutes later, Lukas had Will Take Charge set down on the rail for a half-mile breeze in 48.20 seconds.

Will Take Charge, eighth in the Derby under Jon Court, will be ridden by Mike Smith in the Preakness.

“He did exactly what we asked him to do,” said Lukas. “After a tough mud race, you’ve got to be careful not to overdo it. Between the Derby and Preakness, I think it’s important to get a good feel for their energy levels and conditioning. The times on these works mean very little. It’s more about how they’ve bounced out of the race and what they’re telling you they want to do next.”

Two hours later, after the regularly scheduled renovation break, Lukas sent out Oxbow and jockey Gary Stevens for a half-mile breeze in 49.80 seconds. Oxbow ran sixth in the Derby with Stevens up.

Just a few minutes after Oxbow breezed, Govenor Charlie worked six furlongs in 1:10.80 while in company with his older Bob Baffert stablemate Fed Biz. Govenor Charlie, with Rafael Santana Jr. up, started about a length behind his workmate and never did quite catch up, staying about a head behind as the pair went under the wire and past the seven-furlong pole to complete the drill.

Baffert assistant Jim Barnes watched the work in close proximity to the Churchill clockers on the frontside.
“Bob told me to give him a stiff work,” said Barnes. “That looked like a stiff work to me. He was under urging to keep up. We’ll see how he is tomorrow.”

The Lukas horses were scheduled to leave by van for Baltimore on Tuesday, along with several of their stablemates slated for other weekend races at Pimlico. Mylute, Govenor Charlie, and Departing – the Al Stall-trained gelding who worked an easy half-mile here Sunday – all are booked on the Tex Sutton equine charter scheduled to arrive early Wednesday afternoon at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Dimitri More than 1 year ago
If everybody would please shut up or else Governor Charlie will come in at 2-1 on Saturday.
Dan Jacobs More than 1 year ago
I hope I get 15-1 to 20-1.....Daddy needs a new pair of shoes
Richard More than 1 year ago
Is Baffert kidding with that workout ( Governor Charlie ) ? My only question, afterwards, is will he run? A mock 6 furlong race with FED BIZ is hardly a pre-Preakness "tightener". I know, he knows the horse better than I do, etc., etc. However, get 100 horseman together and ask THEM what they think about it.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Too fast. But remember, he hasn't ran since Sunland Derby. So he needs a tightener. Probably still gonna fold in the stretch.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Shaping up to be a fast pace. I believe though Belmont gets a horse more fit than Churchill. ORB.
Matt More than 1 year ago
Govenor Charlie will win and baffert will be glorious! He will be looking for competion but their simply isn't any
Michael Infurna More than 1 year ago
Why did Govenor Charlie get a workout time of 1/5 faster if he never passed Fed Biz?
Eric More than 1 year ago
Michael, Govenor Charlie started about a length behind Fed Biz and then caught up to him. To catch up, he had to have run faster, hence the faster workout time.
Ashley Bolsei More than 1 year ago
However the article states this - "Govenor Charlie, with Rafael Santana Jr. up, started about a length behind his workmate and never did quite catch up, staying about a head behind as the pair went under the wire and past the seven-furlong pole to complete the drill." If I'm reading that right, Charlie never got past Fed Biz - I think that's why Michael was asking
Dan Jacobs More than 1 year ago
a head is shorter than a length
Mark More than 1 year ago
WTC seems to be progressing and has by no means run near to his top . Think his future is very promising. Will he win Saturday? Not to sure but very interested to see him run in the fall and into his 4 year old season.
Bill Moore More than 1 year ago
If Bob Baffert runs Govenor Charlie in the Preakness for his most successful client expect a real good effort. BB and Pegram don't circle empty wagons. BB scratched both of his Derby horses because he felt they couldn't win. Code West was reportedly training terribly prior to the Derby and then may have run his best lifetime race despite losing, coming home off the pace in 30 flat, on the Derby undercard.
Sam More than 1 year ago
Are you overlooking the fact that they ran Silverbulletday as the 20th eligible to run in the Derby? And where did she finish?
Christine Knapp More than 1 year ago
umm - Silverbulletday won the Oaks - so quit making things up Sammy - your hate for Baffert is a joke
James Romano More than 1 year ago
Silverbulletday won the Oaks that year at 1-10 where do you get your info?? She ran 7th in the Belmont after also winning the Black Eyed Susan if thats what you meant
Thiggy More than 1 year ago
Sam I guess you will be betting on Revolutionary in this years Preakness based on your insider info of betting the ghost horse.
Craig More than 1 year ago
I agree Bill.Baffert owes Pegram everything,no way he sends a horse if it isn't live.Might be one of the few BB horses to get a price on.
Jason Kassa More than 1 year ago
Fed Biz just ran big in a turf stakes going a fast mile. Without seeing the workout on video (as at the very least these triple crown and breeders cup races should be presented to the wagering public), I can't really call this a negative because Governor Charlie didn't "run down his target". It may have been a huge work for all we know. The time was very quick, and going 9.5F in Baltimore, who is sharp enough to outsprint a Fed Biz? For the time being I'll treat this as a 'neutral' work. If everything moves forward, at the very least it is a sign of fitness after the pre-derby setback.
Barbara Bowen More than 1 year ago
If Baffert wasn't there as he planned to be...and he was urged to keep up per asst. trainer Barnes...well, it'll be interesting to see if he is on that flight Wed.
Dave More than 1 year ago
Handicappers read too much into works in general. Unless you know what the trainer was intending, you can't assess it. Question on Governor Charlie is can he go this distance off of what should be a hot pace with TT5 and Goldencents pressing the pace? There was nothing in the Sunland Derby and it was a speedfavoring track, and he beat maidens before that.
Jeff Van-y More than 1 year ago
i look at it this way he sent charlie out with a fast pace for him to hold and not pass to see what he had left after words watch for charlie to be 3 back coming for the wire he will break then and win by 1 1/2 taking orb then oxbow and either the rest of them lol
John More than 1 year ago
Baffert is trying to rush Governor Charlie into the limelights ! Hes a good horse, why doesnt Bob just put him away and steal some of these late summer 3yr old stakes races. Rushing a horse who has been sick and or sore into a race like this doesnt seem reasonable . Too bad he cant sneak Fed Biz in !
IndyOne More than 1 year ago
I agree with you but is this not typical of BB?
Dan Jacobs More than 1 year ago
If he were trying to rush him, wouldn't he have ran him in the derby?
jay More than 1 year ago
I know I'll probably get some thumbs down for this, but it should be "have run," not "have ran." Everybody says have ran, and it drives me crazy.
Eric More than 1 year ago
Everybody always says "I could care less" when they should say "I couldn't care less". That one drives me crazy.
jay More than 1 year ago
How about "have went" instead of "have gone." Pletcher always says that. I doubt that D. Wayne would approve.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are crazy.
Scott More than 1 year ago
I would give Fed Biz a decent shot at beating Orb. I think Governor Charlie isn't ready for this yet. He's just too green and needs more seasoning. I really see him pressing Goldencents on the front end and being done somewhere around the 1 mile marker. He just hasn't been in this tough yet and say what you will about Goldencents, but that horse will give the race an honest pace with others pressing.
kc m More than 1 year ago
one would hope a 4 year old horse would have a have a shot at beating a 3 year old horse
Sam More than 1 year ago
I never heard of Fed Biz until today. Is he a 4yr old?
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
where have you been hiding
Matt More than 1 year ago
LeslieH0101 More than 1 year ago
Kinda like Midnight Lucky?