Unbeaten juvenile champion Nyquist put in a solid maintenance move in preparation for his expected start in the Kentucky Derby on May 7, covering 5 furlongs in 1:01.80 while working in company with stablemate Ralis at Keeneland on Saturday morning.
Multiple graded stakes winner Cathryn Sophia, the third-place finisher in the Grade I Ashland Stakes at Keeneland on April 9, is back under consideration to start in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 6, trainer John Servis said Thursday.
University of Kentucky fans lined up Friday at Keeneland to get signatures from former Wildcat basketball coach Joe B. Hall and members of the 1978 championship team on a Maker’s Mark limited edition commemorative bottle.
Unbeaten Nyquist, the Florida Derby winner, will be the expected favorite on Kentucky Derby day. There will be plenty of challengers, however, including Brody’s Cause, impressive winner of Saturday’s Blue Grass Stakes.