Derby Kitten takes Coolmore Lexington, Silver Medallion left out of Derby// Contender workout results vary

Derby Kitten                                                             Photo:
Derby Kitten prevailed on a rainy and miserable day at Keeneland.  His win, and Silver Medallion’s 4th place finish pretty much guarantees the latter will not enter the Kentucky Derby gate// Adios Charlie outran an impressive field in the Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct that included Astrology and Cal Nation.  The Derby impact is minimal and winning trainer Stan Hough did not indicate a Triple Crown race was in the plans// Animal Kingdom’s work at Keeneland this morning was a mess.  Trainer Graham Motion blamed it on his workmate who didn’t want to train.  Animal Kingdom ended up going solo and the result was a poor final time.  It’s a situation you don’t want to deal with two weeks before the Big Dance, but he will have another work Saturday at Churchill// Shackleford had a much better effort 70 miles down the road at Churchill.  Trainer Dale Romans was pleased and now just needs two defections to make the Derby field// Pants On Fire had a toned down work compared to his last one eight days earlier, which is what trainer Kelly Breen wanted// PVal is booked to ride Comma To The Top which pretty much ensures he’ll set the Derby pace// more…

Derby Kitten wins Lexington Stakes: chart / video
Adios Charlie wins Jerome Stakes: chart / video

·       Derby Kitten wins Coolmore Lexington Stakes (Bloodhorse) (Brisnet) (DRF) (Lexington Herald Leader)
·       Adios Charlie wins Jerome Stakes (Bloodhorse) (Brisnet) (DRF) (NYRA)
·       Animal Kingdom work not ideal (Bloodhorse)
·       Photos: Derby/Oaks Training 4/22 at Churchill (Courier Journal Blog)
·       It’s real now for Jacksonville couple [Archarcharch] (Jacksonville Patriot)
·       KY Derby Trail: Pre-Derby awards (Bloodhorse Blog)
·       Early Derby favorites say uncle (Boston Globe)
·       Baffert may double up Derby (Philadelphia Enquirer)

·       Kentucky Derby Top 3 (Greg Calabrese Blog)

·       Pants On Fire: PMM- 5F- 1.00:80- B- 5/9
·       Shackleford: CD- 5F- 1.00:20- B- 1/9 (Sloppy)
·       Animal Kingdom: KEE- 5F- 1.02:80- B- 19/21