- Must be nice to be Steve Asmussen these days. Curlin is over in Dubai poised to add a few million to his bankroll on Saturday; and his latest workout was described as "perfect." Back home, his Derby favorite Pyro drilled five furlongs at Keeneland in 1:02 2/5, a work the trainer described on the Keeneland website as "excellent."
With regular exercise rider Dominic Terry aboard, Pyro recorded fractions of :26 2/5, :38 4/5, :50 4/5 and 1:02 2/5, galloping out six furlongs in 1:15 2/5.Check it out; that was an eighth in 11 3/5 to the five furlongs. You can watch an excerpt of Pyro's workout here in an odd video that spends more time showing Asmussen looking self-satisfied than on the horse actually working. But the trainer certainly has a lot to be self-satisfied about theses days.