Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin has learned not to get too anxious over the impression his colt Went the Day Well makes in the mornings.
Sure enough, the son of Proud Citizen was more workmanlike than dazzling Saturday as he covered 6 furlongs in 1:14.45 at Keeneland in his penultimate move before the Kentucky Derby.
In conditions that were eerily similar to the rainy weather that greeted his stablemate Animal Kingdom last April when he had his final move at Keeneland before winning the Kentucky Derby, Went the Day Well worked in company with stablemate Crimson China, clocking splits of :13.07, :25.36, :37.39, :49.10, 1:01.39 and galloped out 7 furlongs in 1:28.04.
"I was telling (trainer) Graham Motion last night that I used to run track with guys like him," Irwin said of his colt. "They're rich kids that are spoiled and don't give a damn in the morning ... but they'll show up in the game."
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Jockey John Velazquez, who guided Went the Day Well to his victory in the Grade III Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes, was aboard the bay colt Saturday and made sure to keep after him in the lane.
"After the wire I asked him to do a little more to get away from the other horse because ... he was content just to be next to the other horse," Velazquez said.
Went the Day Well is scheduled to ship to Churchill Downs on Wednesday, and he would have his final pre-Derby work next weekend.
Reveron out, Trinniberg in
Reveron, runner-up in the Florida Derby, has been withdrawn from Kentucky Derby consideration after a left fore condylar fissure was detected following a 1-mile workout in 1:46 over a sloppy track at Calder Race Course Saturday morning.
While Reveron is on the sidelines, owner Shivananda Parbhoo has altered course six days after declaring his horse Trinniberg doubtful for the Kentucky Derby, indicating Saturday he is now likely to send his two-time graded-stakes winning son of Teuflesberg to Louisville for the race.
Done Talking works
Illinois Derby winner Done Talking breezed 4 furlongs at Laurel Park Saturday morning in his penultimate work before the Kentucky Derby, stopping the clock in 49.60.