- Any questions about Hard Spun should now be focused on whether his work at Churchill this morning was too fast rather than on any lingering concerns about what was described as a lackluster work at Keeneland on a surface he apparently didn't like. The Lane's End winner worked five furlong is 57 3/5, wow!
Hard Spun went in fractions of :11, :22, :33 2/5, :45, and :57 3/5. He was caught galloping out six furlongs in 1:11 2/5.I guess the horse is happy at Churchill too.
“Apparently he really liked the track,” said [trainer Larry] Jones. “He just got over it really well. I don’t know how I could be much happier. Mr. Porter, are you happy?”
“I’m happy,” Porter responded.
“Then I’m happy,” Jones shot back quickly. [Bloodhorse]
UPDATE: Larry Jones says of the work:
“That wasn’t what we were shooting for...We weren’t trying to see who was the fastest, but I told (jockey) Mario (Pino) I just hope we can throttle him down on Derby day. It may have put a little more zip in him that what we needed." [Bloodhorse]