The Morning at Churchill in Photos and Videos, 4-26-16

The Morning at Churchill in Photos and Videos, 4-26-16

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With just over a week until post positions for the Kentucky Derby are drawn, more and more horses are arriving at Churchill Downs to prepare for the race. Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) winner Mor Spirit arrived on April 22nd and turned in a timed workout this morning, going five furlongs in :59.80 seconds (click here for details), while the Todd Pletcher trained pair of Outwork and Destin arrived on April 25th and galloped today (click here to read the details of Destin’s gallop.) To catch up on all the action, check out these videos from morning training!

Mor Spirit


Mo Tom


Brody’s Cause


Tom’s Ready

All videos courtesy of Churchill Downs


UAE Derby (UAE-II) winner Lani had a particularly busy morning. According to a Churchill Downs press release, Lani “jogged a half-mile and then galloped two miles under exercise rider Eishu Maruuchi after the break. Before returning to the barn, Lani spent nearly 20 minutes walking in the mile chute. ‘He never gets tired,’ said Keita Tanaka, agent for the owner.”

Lani is scheduled to breeze six furlongs tomorrow with regular jockey Yutaka Take in the saddle. LeComte Stakes (gr. III) winner Mo Tom had also been scheduled to work tomorrow, but due to forecasts for rain, trained Tom Amoss is planning a different schedule. “We are going to changes things up,” Amoss said. “He will gallop early tomorrow and probably work now on Friday.”

The schedules for Outwork and Destin will also be determined by the weather. “We could work Thursday, Friday or Saturday,” said Todd Pletcher.

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J. Keeler Johnson is a writer, blogger, videographer, and all-around horse racing enthusiast who was drawn to the sport by Curlin's quest to become North America's richest racehorse. A great fan of racing history, he considers Dr. Fager to be the greatest racehorse ever produced in America, but counts Zenyatta as his all-time favorite. He lives in Wisconsin and also writes for the blog Unlocking Winners.

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