Stay up to speed on the Road to the Kentucky Derby with a weekly roundup of all the latest news and developments:
Changes on the Leaderboard
The rapidly-improving mudlark Gold Street joined the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with his victory in the Smarty Jones S. on Friday at Oaklawn Park. Having secured 10 qualification points, he currently sits 12th in the standings.
Gold Street’s stablemates Shoplifted (12 points, 4th place) and Silver Prospector (11 points, 6th place) also made modest jumps up the leaderboard after finishing third and fourth in the Smarty Jones. Runner-up Three Technique earned four points in his stakes debut, placing him 24th on the leaderboard.
On the Work Tab
Ajaaweed: Remsen (G2) runner-up breezed a half-mile in :48.85 on Saturday at Palm Meadows.
American Theorem: Unraced since finishing second in the American Pharoah (G1), American Theorem clocked 4 furlongs in :49 on Sunday at Santa Anita.
Anneau d’Or: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) runner-up worked 6 furlongs on Saturday, getting the distance in 1:13.40 at Golden Gate Fields.
Answer In: On Sunday, the Remington Springboard Mile runner-up rolled a half-mile in :48 over a muddy track at Oaklawn.
As Seen On Tv: The Mucho Macho Man S. winner turned in a stamina-building work on Thursday at Palm Meadows, cruising 6 furlongs in 1:15.
Authentic: Blowout Sham (G3) winner rocketed a half-mile in :47.80 on Wednesday at Santa Anita.
Azul Coast: The Sham (G3) runner-up was also in action, going a half-mile in :48.20 on Sunday at Santa Anita.
Basin: Hopeful (G1) winner continued along the comeback trail, working a half-mile in :51.20 on Sunday at Fair Grounds.
Chance It: Mucho Macho Man S. winner breezed an easy 3 furlongs in :36.28 on Sunday at Gulfstream Park.
Dennis’ Moment: Continued his preparations for the Fountain of Youth (G2) by clocking a half-mile in :48.15 on Saturday at Gulfstream.
Honor A. P.: Exciting maiden winner is back on the Santa Anita work tab after a brief setback, breezing 4 furlongs in :51.40 on Sunday.
Independence Hall: Unbeaten Jerome S. winner clocked 5 furlongs in a bullet 1:00 on Sunday at Tampa Bay Downs.
Green Light Go: Champagne (G1) runner-up completed his preparations for the Feb. 1 Swale (G3) at Gulfstream by breezing 5 furlongs in 1:00.35 on Saturday at Palm Meadows.
Gouverneur Morris: Breeders’ Futurity (G1) runner-up took a big step along the comeback trail when he clocked 5 furlongs in 1:00.85 on Sunday at Palm Beach Downs.
Shotski: Remsen (G2) winner breezed 5 furlongs in 1:02 on Friday at Laurel, keeping him on track for a start in the Feb. 1 Withers (G3) at Aqueduct.
Storm the Court: Newly-crowned champion 2-year-old male clocked 5 furlongs in 1:00.60 on Sunday at Santa Anita. He’s targeting a return in the Feb. 9 San Vicente (G2), a 7-furlong sprint that does not offer Kentucky Derby qualification points. Storm the Court pedigree fun facts.
Structor: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) winner posted his first workout of the year on Saturday, going 3 furlongs in :37.20 at Palm Meadows.
Thousand Words: Aiming for a start in the Feb. 1 Robert B. Lewis (G3), Thousand Words worked a half-mile in :48.20 on Monday at Santa Anita.
Tiz the Law: Runaway Champagne (G1) winner clocked 4 furlongs in a bullet :48 on Sunday at Palm Meadows, his final breeze before the Feb. 1 Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby gets serious next week with three major prep races scheduled for Feb. 1. The Withers at Aqueduct, the Holy Bull at Gulfstream, and the Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita will attract some of the most prominent early names on the Derby trail, including Shotski, Thousand Words, and Tiz the Law. Expect to see some major changes to the leaderboard.