Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy had his first serious move since his upset triumph in that Grade I race, working an easy 5 furlongs in 1:01.47 at Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Fla., on Thursday.
With trainer Pat Byrne looking on, Take Charge Indy worked in company with Transplendent, a maiden from the barn of John Kimmel, under exercise rider Eric Rodriguez.
"The horse is ready, the horse is fit," said Byrne later at his barn. "Eric said he was like a Cadillac. He'll have one more work (at Palm Meadows) next week, but he won't have any company. I'm going to do something next week just to do something. He's fit, now it's in the hands of the racing gods. He'll clip off 12's like that all day. I told the rider not to do too much and he didn't take a deep breath."
Take Charge Indy is scheduled to leave Palm Meadows on May 1 for Churchill Downs to finish his preparations for the Kentucky Derby on May 5.
Santa Anita Derby winner I'll Have Another also worked Thursday, covering 6 furlongs in 1:13.60 at Hollywood Park.
Secret Circle out of Kentucky Derby
Trainer Bob Baffert announced Thursday that Secret Circle, who ran second to stablemate Bodemeister in the Arkansas Derby last weekend, would miss the Kentucky Derby.
Baffert told Daily Racing Form that the son of Eddington was undergoing precautionary medical tests at a veterinary clinic in Lexington on Thursday but that surgery was not expected.
Secret Circle won a division of the Southwest Stakes in February, and he also captured the Rebel Stakes before finishing 91/2 lengths behind Bodemeister in the Arkansas Derby.
Baffert also announced Thursday that one of his Kentucky Oaks hopefuls, the unbeaten filly Princess Arabella, would likely be retired after a soft tissue injury was discovered. Princess Arabella has won all three of her lifetime starts by a combined 15 lengths, including an 8-length win in the $200,000 Sunland Oaks on March 25.
Oatsee named 2011 Broodmare of the Year
Oatsee, dam of 2011 Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford, was named the 2011 Broodmare of the Year by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders on Thursday.
A daughter of Unbridled out of the Lear Fan mare With Every Wish, Oatsee was already a Grade I producer having foaled 2007 Alabama Stakes winner Lady Joanne. The 15-year-old mare gained even more prominence last season when Shackleford — her seventh foal — won the Preakness over Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom.