- Doug O'Neill's Derby trio was on the track at Keeneland this morning, and Clocker-1, who we're happy to hear will be moving on to Churchill where he'll have to be our eyes in the absence of The Works, promises to report on these later on. They should also be available to watch on the Keeneland website (which is down as of this writing). As far as the horses remaining at Keeneland go, I've read that you can watch this coming weekend's works live on streaming video starting at 6:30 each morning. Dick Downey reports over at his fabulous The Downey Profile site that on Sunday, Pletcher plans to send out Derby contenders Circular Quay, Scat Daddy and Any Given Saturday, and likely Oaks favorite Rags to Riches.
Mike Welsch of the Form was at Keeneland this morning, and provides this recap:
Cobalt Blue was the first to breeze at 7:15 a.m., covering the distance in 1:11.69 after an opening half-mile in 46.88. Great Hunter, equipped with blinkers, followed nearly two hours later and went six furlongs in 1:13.04. Liquidity rounded out O'Neill's Derby trio, going in 1:11.65 while under pressure through the late stages. His gallop-out time of 1:24.23 was the best of the three.I think I'm pretty much done with O'Neill's horses. I never much cared for Cobalt Blue, and you readers correctly called me out on Liquidity when I picked him in the SA Derby. I did like Great Hunter a lot after the Bob Lewis, but I think that the two-prep strategy is going to backfire with him after the way the Blue Grass was run. I just can't imagine that he got enough out of that race. His workout time today doesn't seem so hot either, but we get more details from Lenny Shulman over at Bloodhorse.com:
Bowing his neck, the son of Aptitude broke off just before the six-furlong mark and cruised through fractions of :12.2, :25, :37, :48.3, and 1:00.2 before finishing up in 1:13 and galloping out in 1:26.3. His neck was still bowed after the work, and O'Neill commented that "he looks like a show horse" as he watched him on Keeneland's big screen after the work.Yeah, whatever. Sounds a lot like the Workout Mad Libs we were treated to the other day.
Great Hunter was hardly blowing at all as he stepped off the track. "He got into a good, comfortable stride, and when Tony changed grips on him near the 3/8s and asked for more, he picked it up and really responded," said O'Neill, who had predicted beforehand that the work would go in 1:13.1.