Archarcharch impresses in work// Decisive Moment so-so// Soldat ready to go

Archarcharch was the star of the day for Friday April 29th based on his lightning 5-furlong work. Mike Welsch claims the move was so good he now considers the colt to be among the top Kentucky Derby contenders// Decisive Moment did not fair as well.  Not only was the overall clocking mediocre, apparently he was switching leads several times down the stretch// Soldat put in his final work before the Derby in Florida.  There are no official clockers this time of year at Palm Meadows, but according to this trainer Kiaran McLaughlin Soldat worked a half in 49 and galloped out in 1.01:40.  McLaughlin was just short of exuberant// Mike Welsch commented that Santiva and Twice The Appeal did not leave a good impression during their gallops and jogs, while Uncle Mo continues to look strong.

As expected, Garret Gomez was given the mount on Master Of Hounds.  The rumor just last weekend was that Calvin Borel would get the job, but he apparently decided to go with a colt that was definite at the time in Twice The Appeal.  That decision caused a little drama between the connections of Twice The Appeal and his former jockey Santiago Reyes.  The LA Daily news reports Reyes’ agent was not pleased over the late announcement, not only because it’s the Derby, but also because they gave up six mounts at Hollywood thinking they would be in Louisville// more…

·       Archarcharch dusts workmate at Churchill Downs [with video] (DRF)
·       Soldat turns in final Derby work (Bloodhorse)
·       Soldat has McLaughlin beaming (DRF)
·       Upcoming Kentucky Derby workouts (Downey Profile)
·       Gomez to ride Master Of Hounds in Derby (Bloodhorse)
·       Mr. Commons works just in case (DRF)
·       Derby Kitten is Derby-bound if he can get in (Courier Journal)
·       Arias out to match his namesake (DRF)
·       Zito ready for another dance (DRF)
·       Video:Calvin Borel talks about his Kentucky Derby mount (Courier Journal Blog)
·       Calvin Borel will get a chance for 3rd straight Derby win (Albany Times Union Blog)
·       LaPenta Dialed In for ‘Mo’ respect (ESPN Blog)
·       Silence can be a virtue (Horse Racing Nation)
·       Owners get their jockey for Kentucky Derby [Calvin Borel] (Los Angeles Daily News)
·       How about those future pools? (Downey Profile)
·       Video: 1st look Derby 137 (Bloodhorse)
·       Video: Courier Journal’s Kentucky Derby preview (Courier Journal)
·       Odds are, Kentucky Derby anyone’s race to win (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
·       No clear favorite emerging in Kentucky Derby (Chicago Tribune)
·       Kentucky Derby hopefuls to cast aside (Sports Network)
·       Countdown to the Crown 4/29 (ESPN)
·       No Derby win for Nehro (Horse Racing Nation)
·       Profile: Shackleford (Kentucky Confidential)
·       Profile: Stay Thirsty (Kentucky Confidential)
·       3M places its Derby bet (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
·       Horse that can win the Kentucky Derby (Doc’s Sports Service)
·       Prepare for rain on Derby Day, or be left behind (Desert Valley Times)
·       Storm before the calm (ESPN)

·       Soldat: PMM- 5F- 1.01:40 B- 2/3
·       Decisive Moment: CD- 5F- 1.01:40- B- 15/59
·       Archarcharch: CD- 5F- 59:40- B- 1/59