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Kentucky Derby updates, including Girvin to work at Keeneland

Practical Joke, who worked at Keeneland on Friday April 21, 2017 in Lexington, Ky., is scheduled to move to Churchill Downs on Monday. The Blue Grass Stakes runner-up is trained by Chad Brown.
Practical Joke, who worked at Keeneland on Friday April 21, 2017 in Lexington, Ky., is scheduled to move to Churchill Downs on Monday. The Blue Grass Stakes runner-up is trained by Chad Brown. Lexington Herald-Leader

With less than two weeks before the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby, May 6 at Churchill Downs, here are some Derby notes:

▪ Louisiana Derby winner Girvin, who leads the Derby point standings with 150 points, is scheduled to work at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Keeneland, weather permitting, said trainer Joe Sharp in a track release.

Girvin won both the Grade 2 Risen Star and Grade 2 Louisiana Derby at Fiar Grounds before being moved to Trackside in Louisville. When the track was sealed because of weather last week, Sharp brought Girvin to Keeneland.

Girvin trained Saturday on the all-weather training track. After the 9 a.m. renovation break on Sunday, the colt jogged around the main track next to a lead pony. Former jockey Rosie Napravnik, who is also Sharp’s wife, was aboard Girvin.

“As long as the main track is good, we will train on it,” said the 32-year-old Sharp, who will will have his first Derby starter when Girvin goes to post.

▪ Gotham Stakes winner J Boys Echo breezed a half-mile in :49.20 on Sunday at Churchill Downs, according to a release from the track. Regular exercise rider Tammy Fox was aboard.

“It was a really solid work,” trainer Dale Romans said. “We’ll come back next Saturday and go a little faster. Only one hurdle left until the first Saturday in May.

Owned by the Des Moines, Iowa-based Albaugh Family Stables, J Boys Echo finished fourth in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes won by Irap. Albaugh Family Stables owned 2016 Blue Grass Stakes winner Brody’s Cause, who finished seventh in last year’s Kentucky Derby.

▪ Blue Grass favorite McCraken, who finished third in the race, is scheduled to breeze Monday at 8:30 a.m. at Churchill. McCraken galloped 1 3/4 miles under exercise rider Yonti Orantes on Sunday.

▪ Sunland Derby winner Hence is set to work between 6 and 6:30 a.m. Monday at Churchill Downs. Trainer Steve Asmussen will also snd out Lookin At Lee, who finished third in the Arkansas Derby.

▪ Arkansas Derby winner Classic Empire trained early on Sunday, going at 6:30 a.m. at Churchill for trainer Mark Casse. Classic Empire is expected to breeze this weekend.

▪ Florida Derby favorite Gunnevera, who finished third in that race after breaking last, arrived at Churchill Downs from Florida late Saturday night.

▪ Untrapped, third in the Rebel Stakes, also arrived from Florida on Saturday night. With Cloud Computing opting not to go in the Derby, Untrapped now has a spot in the 20-horse field. He is 20th on the points list. Untrapped is trained by Steve Asmussen for owner Michael Langford.

▪ Cloud Computing will point toward the Preakness, said trainer Chad Brown. He ran third in the Wood Memorial and second in the Gotham Stakes.

▪ Brown’s Practical Joke, who worked Friday at Keeneland, is set to move to Churchill Downs on Monday. Practical Joke was second to Irap in the Blue Grass.

▪ Spiral Stakes winner Fast and Accurate breezed five furlongs in 1:00.20 at Trackside on Sunday. Olympic gold medal skier Bode Miller recently purchased a share in the colt.

▪ Reach the World, who did not accumulate enough points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby, was euthanized Saturday after sustaining an injury during training on Saturday, reports the Bloodhorse.

Reach the World was working with American Anthem for trainer Bob Baffert when he suffered a severe sensamoid fracture.

▪ Santa Anita Derby winner Gormley worked six furlongs in 1:15 4/5 at Santa Anita for trainer John Shirreffs on Saturday. Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Gormley will work at Santa Anita on April 29 before shipping to Churchill Downs on May 1.

▪ Battle of Midway, who ran second to Gormley in the Santa Anita Derby, was sold outright by owner Rick Porter to a partnership of WinStar Farm and Don Alberto Stable, it was announced Friday. Jerry Hollendorfer will continue as the trainer.

Battle of Midway worked at Santa Anita on Saturday morning for Hollendorfer. He went five furlongs in 1:00.60 under jockey Flavien Prat, who will ride the colt in the Kentucky Derby.

▪ Battalion Runner, trained by Todd Pletcher, breezed a half mile in :49.97 at Belmont Park on Saturday. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Battalion Runner was second to Irish War Cry in the Wood Memorial. He is to arrive at Churchill Downs on Monday.

▪ Irish War Cry, who also won the Holy Bull at Gulfstream in February, will not come to Churchill until April 30 or May 1. The Wood winner is trained by Graham Motion, who won the 2011 Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom.

▪ Florida Derby winner Always Dreaming, also trained by Pletcher, is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Tuesday. Always Dreaming worked Friday morning in Florida.

▪ Patch, runner-up in the Louisiana Derby, is also set to arrive on Tuesday. He is also trained by Pletcher.

▪ Twisted Tom won the Frederico Tesio at Laurel on Saturday for trainer Chad Brown and owner Cobra Farms. The race guarantees a berth to the winner if Triple Crown nominated. One problem, Twisted Tom isn’t nominated. Now the owner will have to decide if it wants to pay the supplemental fee.

▪ Multiplier, winner of Saturday’s Illinois Derby at Hawthorne, could run in the Preakness for trainer Brendan Walsh. The winning time of 1:47.98 for the 1 1/8 was the second-fastest time since the race began in 1968.

Kentucky Derby leaderboard

Rank

Horse

Points

1

Girvin

150

2

Classic Empire

132

3

Gormley

125

4

Irap

113

5

Irish War Cry

110

6

Thunder Snow

100

7

Always Dreaming

100

8

Gunnevera

84

9

Practical Joke

74

10

J Boys Echo

63

11

State of Honor

62

12

Tapwrit

54

13

Malagacy

50

14

Hence

50

15

Fast and Accurate

50

16

McCraken

40

17

Battle of Midway

40

18

Patch

40

19

Battalion Runner

40

20

Untrapped

34

21

Lookin At Lee

32

22

Sonneteer

30

23

Royal Mo

30

24

Local Hero

30

25

Iliad

20

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