2018 Kentucky Derby workout report for March 11
Three prep races on March 10 shook up the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard, resulting in Bolt d’Oro taking the top spot with just one point separating him from Enticed next on the list in second.
It also resulted in not many horses working as they were running. With such a dearth of workers, this report has reached all the way through number 20 on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard.
(Workers in Leaderboard order)
Bravazo (54 Derby Points) – Awesome Again colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01.80 over Oaklawn Park’s muddy main track on March 5; D. Wayne Lukas trainee, who is two-for-two on the year after taking February 17 Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds and an Oaklawn allowance/optional claimer on January 13, is expected to return to New Orleans for the March 24 Louisiana Derby (G2).
Snapper Sinclair (22) – Bay son of City Zip breezed five furlongs in 1:01.80 on March 5 over Fair Grounds’ fast main track for trainer Steve Asmussen; Kentucky-bred targeting March 24 Louisiana Derby (G2) at that New Orleans track following tough nose second in Risen Star Stakes (G2) over track on February 17.
Instilled Regard (19) – Jerry Hollendorfer pupil clocked a bullet five furlongs in :59.20 over Santa Anita Park’s fast main track on March 7; dark bay son of Arch was fourth when last seen on February 17 in the Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds and could either return to that track for the March 24 Louisiana Derby (G2) or stay in California for the April 7 Santa Anita Derby (G1).
Solomini (14) – Multiple Grade 1-placed colt worked a bullet, best-of-61, five furlongs in :59 over Santa Anita Park’s fast main track on March 10; Bob Baffert-conditioned son of Curlin readying for Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park on March 17.
Catholic Boy (14) – Jonathan Thomas trainee breezed five furlongs in 1:01.40 at Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Florida, on March 10; More Than Ready colt, close second while making seasonal bow in February 10 Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3), scheduled to ship to Gulfstream Park on March 22 for his final major move ahead of the March 31 Florida Derby (G1).
Avery Island (14) – Street Sense colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01.15 on March 9 over the fast dirt at Palm Meadows Training Center; Kiaran McLaughlin trainee captured February 3 Withers Stakes (G3) last out at Aqueduct and is possible to make his first start outside of New York in Fair Grounds’ Louisiana Derby (G2) on March 24.
My Boy Jack (12) – Keith Desormeaux pupil turned five furlongs in 1:01.60 on March 10 over Santa Anita Park’s fast main track; Creative Cause colt romped last out in the February 19 Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park and at last report was likely to head to Fair Grounds for the Louisiana Derby (G2) on March 24.
Combatant (12) – Last-out Southwest Stakes (G3) runner-up breezed a half-mile in :51.60 on the fast main track at Oaklawn Park March 11; Steve Asmussen-trained son of Scat Daddy pointing to March 17 Rebel Stakes (G2) at that Hot Springs, Arkansas, venue.
Mourinho (11) – Bob Baffert charge worked six furlongs in 1:12.60 over Santa Anita Park’s fast main track on March 6; Super Saver bay was fourth in the February 19 Southwest Stakes (G3) most recently at Oaklawn Park and could either return to that track for the March 17 Rebel Stakes (G2) or ship to Sunland Park for the March 25 Sunland Derby (G3).
The horses listed below have either not worked or are exiting a recent race.
Bolt d’Oro (64) – Mick Ruis-owned and -trained colt was elevated to first after finishing second by a head following a stretch-long, bump-filled duel with McKinzie in the March 10 San Felipe Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park; bay son of Medaglia d’Oro now sits atop the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard.
Enticed (63) – Godolphin homebred returned to the winner’s circle on March 10 at Aqueduct with an easy score in the Gotham Stakes (G3); Medaglia d’Oro colt scheduled to fly back to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s Palm Meadows base in Florida to prepare for April 7 Wood Memorial (G2) back in New York at Aqueduct.
Promises Fulfilled (52) – Dale Romans pupil upset the Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park on March 3 at 18-1; Shackleford chestnut now targeting Florida Derby (G1) at that venue on March 31.
Quip (50) – Rodolphe Brisset pupil upset the March 10 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) at 19-1 by a length; Distorted Humor sophomore will head to Keeneland now and could have one more start before main goal of May 5 Kentucky Derby (G1).
McKinzie (40) – Bay son of Street Sense found himself on the losing end of a disqualification after taking the March 10 San Felipe Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park by a head; Bob Baffert charge will get the chance to tackle the elevated winner, Bolt d’Oro, yet again in the April 7 Santa Anita Derby (G1).
Good Magic (34) – Breeders’ Cup champion finished third as 3-5 favorite in his long-awaited return in the March 3 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park; trainer Chad Brown eyeing Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland on April 7 for Curlin colt’s final race before the Kentucky Derby (G1).
Flameaway (30) – Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) winner finished second in March 10 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) for trainer Mark Casse; Scat Daddy chestnut likely to show up in April 7 Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland.
Firenze Fire (29) – Poseidon’s Warrior colt a well-beaten fourth in the March 10 Gotham Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct for trainer Jason Servis.
Free Drop Billy (24) – Union Rags colt shipped to Aqueduct for a third-place run in the Gotham Stakes (G3) on March 10; Dale Romans charge headed back to Florida now to prepare for likely start in April 7 Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland.
Strike Power (20) – Chestnut colt, who wired the Swale Stakes (G3) on February 3, suffered his first career loss when runner-up throughout the March 3 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park; trainer Mark Hennig indicated the Florida Derby (G1) on March 31 is a good target.
Old Time Revival (20) – Kenneth Decker trainee nearly upset the Gotham Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct on March 10 as the 35-1 longest shot on the board; Brethren colt likely to continue quest for Kentucky Derby points at Aqueduct in the April 7 Wood Memorial (G2).