Union Rags, Motor City, Liaison work// Connections of El Padrino want roses// Blinkers off for Hansen

Union Rags hit the track at Palm Meadows for his 4th workout since the layoff. It was a modest 5-panel move in 1.02:74// Motor City, winner of the Iroquois (G3) at Churchill Downs, returned to the work tab with a 4-furlong breeze// Liaison, the likely favorite for Saturdays’ Robert Lewis (G2) continued his quick workout routine with a 48 flat move at Santa Anita// A thorough pedigree profile below on Algorithms by the Iron Maidens blog, who comes to the conclusion the son of Bernardini is well built for classic distances// Two great features on two separate blogs today.  One on Jonathan Sheppard and his Derby hope Ever So Lucky.  Despite pedigree signs to the contrary, the trainer thinks the colt could perform well at long distances given his demeanor and push-button ability.  The other article concerns the syndicate ownership of El Padrino.  One of the partners is the son of famous owner Jim Scatuorchio and he has big aspirations to get to the Kentucky Derby// Hansen’s owner Dr. Kendall Hansen writes a new entry in the Courier Journal Blog dedicated to the horse.  He claims the colt was too “jacked up” in the Holy Bull and that the early stumble didn’t help matters.  He also reveals Hansen will not wear blinkers for the Fountain of Youth (G2)// more…

Upcoming Graded Stakes Probable Entries:
Robert Lewis (G2)- Liaison, Sky Kingdom, Out of Bounds, Empire Way, Rousing Sermon, Groovin’ Solo, I’ll Have Another, Chips All In

Withers (G3)- Alpha, How Do I Win, Swag Daddy, King Kid, Speightscity, Tiger Walk, Hakama and Phil Dancer.

Sam F. Davis (G3)- Ecabroni, State of Play, Holy Highway, Prospective, Neck ‘N Neck, Ravelo’s Boy, Battle Hardened, Fox Rises

Union Rags workout reports: DRF / TTimes / Bloodhorse

Down and Derby Sweet 16 (Zipse at the Track Blog)

Graded Earnings List

Union Rags- PMM- 5F- 1.02:74- B- 2/4
Motor City- PMM- 4F- 49:70- B- 15/27
Ancient Rome- PMM- 5F- 1.01:01- B- 3/9
Hakama- FH- 4F- 48:40- B- 2/5
Optimizer- OP- 6F- 1.15:20- B- 1/2
Liaison- SA- 4F- 48:00- H- 2/7

Speed Ratings*
3yo winning Beyers last week: El Padrino - 100; Algorithms - 98; Apprehender - 97; Comisky's Humor - 96; The Lumber Guy – 90

Top 3yo winning BRIS figs last week: El Padrino - 111; Algorithms - 105; Apprehender - 103; Comisky's Humor - 100; The Lumber Guy

Notes and bits from web and Twitter:
“Discreet dancer for Pletcher yesterday #pmmfinal quarter in 24.1. Keeps fresh and dont think as ever been set down in morning, yet”- Grade1Racing via Twitter

Union Rags out 15 in front of workmate & country mile in front by five furlong pole with ears pricked. Again, bit washy#nice- Bruno De Julio via Twitter

Union Rags #pmm went slowly from 5f we caught from 1/2 in company in 13, 24.4, 37,49 opened up in 101.4, 116 on gallop out EZ- Bruno De Julio via Twitter

“We've adjusted Union Rags work. Officially from 5f pole:13.4, 26.4, 50.4, 102.4, out in 115.3, 129.4. Worked well in company” – Bruno De Julio via Twitter