Mohaymen is one of many horses scheduled to breeze at Churchill tomorrow. Photo by Coady Photography
The morning of Friday, April 29th could be an extremely busy one at Churchill Downs, with as many as thirteen Kentucky Derby contenders on the list of horses expected to breeze.
Due to a forecast for rain on Friday night, several horses that were scheduled to post workouts on Saturday could see their exercises moved up one day, although nothing is yet set in stone.
A Churchill Downs press release explained the details:
Scheduled to breeze are Destin and Outwork for Todd Pletcher, Majesto for Gustavo Delgado, Mohaymen for Kiaran McLaughlin, Mo Tom for Tom Amoss, Suddenbreakingnews for Donnie Von Hemel, Whitmore for Ron Moquett and Discreetness for Jinks Fires. Horses that could move planned Saturday works up a day include Brody’s Cause and Cherry Wine for Dale Romans, My Man Sam and Shagaf for Chad Brown and Fellowship for Mark Casse.
Majesto, who finished second to the unbeaten Nyquist in the Florida Derby (gr. I), will breeze five furlongs tomorrow. “The rider tells me he is getting hold of the track well,” trainer Gustavo Delgado was quoted as saying.
Kiaran McLaughlin is planning to send out Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) winner Mohaymen a little while after the other Derby horses. “He will work in the morning during the 8:30 to 8:45 window,” McLaughlin said. “I would say it would be closer to 8:45 to avoid what looks like will be a rush at 8:30.”
LeComte Stakes (gr. III) winner Mo Tom could take the opposite approach and train earlier in the morning. “Tentatively, we plan to work at 8:30 but it is a concern if a lot of horses breeze at the same time,” trainer Tom Amoss said. “We could go earlier.”
The morning training session will be streamed live on the Kentucky Derby website. Be sure to tune in and watch!