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Kentucky Derby Contenders' Update

Horse Racing News: Kentucky Derby Contenders' UpdateJuddmonte Farms’ Hofburg tuned up for Kentucky Derby 144 by working a half-mile in company in :48.20 at Churchill Downs on a cool Sunday morning.
With exercise rider Penny Gardiner up for trainer Bill Mott, Hofburg produced fractions of :13.20, :24.60, :36.20, :48.20 and out five furlongs in 1:01.20 and three-quarters in 1:14.80 in the work over a fast track.
Meanwhile, at Santa Anita, Zayat Stables, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Solomini worked six furlongs in 1:14.60.
Solomini will be part of a three-horse Derby-Oaks contingent for trainer Bob Baffert that also will include Justify and Rayya that is scheduled to arrive in Louisville early Monday afternoon. Others on the flight will be Bolt d’Oro and Midnight Bisou.
Another Derby contender at Santa Anita, OXO Equine’s Instilled Regard worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer a day before shipping to Louisville.
Also scheduled to arrive late Monday afternoon is Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (GI) and UAE Derby (GII) winner Mendelssohn.
In Kentucky Oaks news, Cleber Massey’s Blamed has been withdrawn from Oaks consideration because of injury. This opens the door for Exuberance to move into the Oaks field of 14. Also, the connections of Red Ruby removed her from Oaks consideration with Heavenhasmynikki rising to No. 15 on the Oaks leaderboard and first on the bubble for the field.
AUDIBLE/MAGNUM MOON/NOBLE INDY/VINO ROSSO – It was walking morning at the Todd Pletcher barn, two days after the stable’s four Kentucky Derby-bound colts had gone through their final workouts prior to the 144th edition of the world’s most famous race.
Audible, Magnum Moon, Noble Indy and Vino Rosso had all come back Saturday after their Friday drills to either gallop or jog one time around the big Churchill Downs oval, thus earning the right to “take a day off” Sunday with their low-key ambles around the shedrow at Barn 40.
Trainer Pletcher got his version of a “day off,” too, which in his case meant an early flight to New York to check on stable business there, then a later flight back to Louisville in the evening.
His long-time and most-able right hand, Ginny DePasquale, ran the relatively quiet show Sunday and reported that all was good with the four stakes winners.
Audible is owned by China Horse Club International, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing and WinStar Farm. Magnum Moon races for Lawana and Robert Low. Noble Indy goes postward for the pairing of WinStar Farm and Repole Stable, while Vino Rosso is in the hands of Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable.  


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