Kentucky Derby workouts and bubble watch: April 26, 2021
The field is (presumably) set, the post position draw is right around the corner, and all the serious pre-race workouts are complete.
The 2021 Kentucky Derby (G1) is just five days away, and you can feel the tension building.
Let’s check out the latest workouts and see where things stand as the “Run for the Roses” draws closer.
On the work tab
He worked a solo half mile Friday at Churchill Downs and completed the move in :49.60, off splits of :12.80 and :24.40. He then galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.40.
The Remsen (G2) winner was confirmed for the Kentucky Derby after he breezed five furlongs in 1:00.92 Monday morning at Parx.
He turned in a quick half-mile workout Friday at Churchill Downs, where he traveled in company with Prime Factor to complete the distance in :47.80.
The opening quarter-mile was :24.40, but Dynamic One accelerated during the second half of the work. He covered three furlongs in :36.20 and the final furlong in :11.60, then continued through five furlongs in 1:00.60 and six furlongs in 1:13.20.
The Kentucky Derby favorite was sharp Saturday morning at Churchill Downs, where he breezed in company with Spa City to record five furlongs in 1:00.40, off fractions of :12.80, :24.80, and :48.20. Essential Quality then eased up through six furlongs in 1:14.60.
He worked early Friday morning at Churchill Downs, where he covered a half-mile in :49.80, alongside Laker Mamba, who traveled the distance in :50. Helium then galloped out to five furlongs in 1:03.
Originally scheduled to breeze Saturday, Hidden Stash instead took to the Keeneland main track Friday to beat a weekend rain forecast.
The result was a sharp exercise, as Hidden Stash started three lengths behind workmate Esperer, then roared to the finish line four lengths clear, in 1:00.60. He also galloped out to six furlongs in 1:13.80.
He turned in a stiff, five-furlong workout in company with Southern District on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
He completed the move in 1:00.80, then continuing on to six furlongs in 1:14.20 and seven furlongs in 1:28.40.
Hot Rod Charlie
He wrapped up his serious training with six furlongs in 1:13.60 Saturday at Santa Anita, then traveled to Churchill Downs on Sunday.
He burned up the Churchill Downs main track Friday morning, when he blazed a bullet half-mile in :46.20.
In company with Shasta Star, the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) winner posted fast fractions of :22.80 and :34.40, then galloped out to five furlongs in :59.20.
King Fury out slow but finished fast in a five-furlong workout Saturday at Churchill Downs.
After he posted splits of :12.80, :25.20, :36.80, and :48.40, King Fury completed the work in 1:00.20, then continued on through six furlongs in 1:12.80 and seven furlongs in 1:26.60.
He teamed up with stablemate Sainthood to breeze five furlongs 1:01 flat Friday at Churchill Downs.
The son of Curlin posted splits of :12.60, :24.40, and :36.20, then galloped out to six furlongs in 1:14.20 and seven furlongs in 1:27.20.
Like the King
He breezed alongside Canadian champion female sprinter Artie’s Princess on Saturday at Keeneland.
He broke off two lengths behind his workmate and completed the five-furlong exercise in 1:01 flat. Like the King then galloped out to six furlongs in 1:15.40.
He turned in an eye-catching, five-furlong workout in 1:00 flat Saturday at Churchill Downs.
After he started a half-dozen lengths behind stablemate Joe Frazier, Mandaloun motored through splits of :23.20, :35.60, and :47.60, then galloped out to six furlongs in 1:12.60 and seven furlongs in 1:27.20.
The Bob Baffert trainee worked six furlongs in 1:12.20 Thursday at Santa Anita, then shipped to Kentucky and settled in at Churchill Downs on Friday afternoon.
The last Kentucky Derby contender to turn in a timed workout at Churchill Downs, Midnight Bourbon clocked five furlongs in 1:02.40 Monday. He posted splits of :24.40 and :49.60, and galloped out to six furlongs in 1:16.20.
He clocked a half-mile in :48 flat Thursday at Churchill Downs. O Besos posted fractions of :12 and :36.20, before he galloped out to five furlongs in 1:00 and six furlongs in 1:12.60.
Rock Your World
The Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner turned in a five-furlong workout Saturday at Santa Anita, where he traveled in company with Best Chance and completed the distance in :59.20.
He shipped to Churchill Downs on Sunday.
He worked five furlongs in 1:01 flat Friday at Churchill Downs, where he breezed in company with Known Agenda and posted identical fractions of :12.60, :24.40, and :36.20, plus gallop-out times of 1:14.20 and 1:27.20.
Soup and Sandwich
He took things pretty easy Friday at Churchill Downs, where he clocked a :50 flat half-mile, in company with graded stakes winner Peace Achieved. The Florida Derby (G1) runner-up then continued on to five furlongs in 1:03.60.
He worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 Saturday at Churchill Downs, which was a particularly noteworthy exercise, since he breezed alongside 2020 Kentucky Derby fifth-place finisher Max Player.
Super Stock was in no hurry to ease up after the finish line, as he continued to six furlongs in 1:14.60 and seven furlongs in 1:28 flat.
On the bubble
With less than 24 hours until the post-position draw, only 20 horses remain under consideration for the Kentucky Derby. The defection of Caddo River allowed Remsen (G2) winner Brooklyn Strong to squeeze into the field, which means “the bubble” has burst. There aren’t any horses on the outside looking in.
Stay tuned to TwinSpires Edge for more Kentucky Derby news and notes as the first Saturday in May approaches.