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Latest 2015 Kentucky Derby News: Carpe Diem, Frammento, Tencendur and More

Latest 2015 Kentucky Derby News: Carpe Diem, Frammento, Tencendur and More– WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables’ Carpe Diem, winner of the April 4 Toyota Blue Grass (G1), and exercise rider Patti Krotenko arrived at Keeneland’s main track Friday about 10:00a.m. accompanied by assistant trainer Tristan Barry on a lead pony and galloped about 1½ times around the main track. At approximately 5:30a.m. Saturday, the Giant’s Causeway colt is scheduled to have his final breeze for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.

“We’re real excited about next weekend,” said WinStar Racing Manager Elliott Walden, who watched Carpe Diem today from the Keeneland boxes. The early Saturday work is designed to avoid the possibility of heavy rains in the forecast.

“I don’t have any real concern about this race track,” Walden said. “If it holds like it’s held all meet, it’s going to be a great race track in the morning whether it rains or not.”

Carpe Diem, who has won four races in five starts and has earned $1,519,800, is the third-leading point earner among horses taking aim at the Kentucky Derby. Pletcher and WinStar won the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver, now at stud at the farm located not far from Keeneland.

Frammento Kentucky Derby 2015

Kentucky Derby contender Frammento and jockey Joe Bravo worked a half-mile in :48 Friday morning at Keeneland for trainer Nick Zito. Photo: Keeneland

On a fast main track after the renovation break at Keeneland Friday morning, Mossarosa’s Frammento, fourth in the April 4 Toyota Blue Grass (G1), and jockey Joe Bravo worked a half-mile in :48. Clockers caught the Midshipman colt in fractions of :12.20, :24, :48 and out in 1:02.40. (Click here for a replay of the work.) Frammento is 21st among point earners vying for a spot in the starting gate for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), which is limited to 20 horses. Trainer Nick Zito, a two-time winner of the Kentucky Derby, was pleased with the move in which Frammento had company from stablemate Heliodoro and rider Alejo Carpio to his inside until the horses reached the top of the stretch, which Zito said “was just to make him pay attention.”

“It was very professional, very even. That’s what you want,” Zito said about the breeze. “He’s a true mile and a quarter horse. If he gets in there, he’ll do some damage going a mile and a quarter.”

Zito said Frammento would ship to Churchill Tuesday. If the colt does not run in the Derby, Zito said his next targets would be the Preakness (G1) and Belmont (G1).

“We would most likely stay on for Saturday,” said George Weaver, trainer of Tencendur. “I am bringing Manny Franco in for the work and it would be kind of a pain to have to change. I like to stay on seven days. He worked last Saturday and the Derby is next Saturday.

“The thing is, if you plan to work at 8:30 and there is lightning, it could get dangerous. If it is not dangerous out there, we will go. I am not uncomfortable with this track when it is wet.”

Owned by Philip Birsh, Tencendur galloped 1 3/8 miles after the renovation break with exercise rider Blair Golen aboard on a clear and cool Thursday morning.

“He galloped well this morning and everything looks good,” said Weaver, who arrived in Louisville Wednesday after training hours.

Santa Anita Derby third-place finisher Bolo worked five furlongs in 59.60 on Santa Anita’s fast main track on an overcast Friday morning under Rafael Bejarano, who will ride the son of Temple City in the Kentucky Derby a week from Saturday, May 2.

Trainer Carla Gaines said the Kentucky-bred colt owned by Golden Pegasus Racing Inc. and Earle I. Mack worked “perfectly” and will leave Sunday for the Blue Grass State.

Also departing Sunday will be unbeaten Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund for Bob Baffert. Dortmund is scheduled to breeze at Santa Anita tomorrow, as is Sunland Derby winner Firing Line for Simon Callaghan.

Trainer Jim Cassidy said Delta Jackpot winner Ocho Ocho Ocho, third in the Blue Grass Stakes, left today for Kentucky and will breeze at Churchill Downs on Wednesday. Elvis Trujillo rides the son of Street Sense in the 141st Run for the Roses.

Three-time Derby winner Kent Desormeaux will ride Risen Star third-place finisher Keen Ice for Dale Romans in quest of victory No. 4.

With jockey Julien Leparoux aboard, John Oxley’s Danzig Moon worked a half-mile in company in :48.80. Working with maiden winner Bollente, Danzig Moon posted fractions of :12.80, :25, :37 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.80.

“We just decided to get the work done and not worry about it,” assistant trainer Norman Casse said of moving the work up a day for Danzig Moon. “He always works in company and we just wanted a good, even work.”

Danzig Moon comes off a runner-up effort to Carpe Diem in the Blue Grass Stakes (GI).

“His preparation could not be any better and I feel he has moved up since the Blue Grass,” Casse said. “Other than the Tampa Bay Derby (GII), he has run well every time. There were two reasons for the Tampa Bay results; one, he didn’t handle the track at all and came back with cuts on his hind legs and two or three days after that he came down with a virus that may have affected the performance.”

Casse said Danzig Moon would walk tomorrow and return to the track Sunday. A paddock schooling session is scheduled for Wednesday.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Louisiana Derby (GII) winner and Road to the Kentucky Derby points leader (171) International Star galloped 1 1/4 miles at the Trackside training center with exercise rider Joel Barrientos aboard – the same routine he has kept every day this week – according to trainer Mike Maker. The New York-bred colt by 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus is scheduled to work Saturday morning at Churchill Downs but those plans are subject to change.

“Mother Nature is going to dictate,” Maker said. “If the weather is good we’ll go at 8:30 [a.m.].”

If there are showers Saturday morning that muddy the track, as currently expected, then International Star’s breeze would “most likely” be pushed back to Sunday, the trainer said. Another possibility – less likely but also under consideration – would be to train Saturday at Trackside as soon as the track opens to beat the rain.

Kentucky Derby 2015 Possible Contenders

International Star 16-1
Trainer Mike Maker/Jockey Miguel Mena/Owner Ken & Sarah Ramsey

Dortmund 9-2
Trainer Bob Baffertt/Jockey Martin Garcia/Owner Kaleem Shah, Inc.

Carpe Diem 6-1
Trainer Todd Pletcher/Jockey John Velazquez/Owner WinStar Farm, LLC & Stonestreet Stables LLC

American Pharoah 2-1
Trainer Bob Baffert/Jockey Victor Espinoza/Owner Zayat Stables, LLC

Frosted 18-1
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin/Jockey Joel Rosario/Owner Godolphin Racing, LLC

Mubtaahij 9-1
Trainer Mike de Kock/Jockey Christophe Soumillon/Owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

Materiality 9-1
Trainer Todd Pletcher/Jockey Javier Castellano/Owner Alto Racing, LLC

El Kabeir 25-1
Trainer John Terranova II/Jockey Calvin Borel/Owner Zayat Stables, LLC

Upstart 16-1
Trainer Rick Violette Jr./Jockey Jose Ortiz/Owner Ralph M. Evans

Far Right 33-1
Trainer Ron Moquett/Jockey Mike Smith/Owner Harry T. Rosenblum & Robert V. LaPenta

Itsaknockout 25-1
Trainer Todd Pletcher, Jockey Luis Saez, Owner Starlight Racing

Firing Line 14-1
Trainer Simon Callaghan, Jockey Gary Stevens, Owner Arnold Zetcher

Danzig Moon 33-1
Trainer Mark Casse/Jockey Julien Leparoux/Owner John C. Oxley

War Story 45-1
Trainer Tom Amoss/Jockey Joe Talamo/Owner Christopher T. Dunn and Loooch Racing Stable, Inc.

Tencendur 33-1
Trainer George Weaver/Jockey Manuel Franco/Owner Philip S. Birsh

Stanford 60-1
Trainer Todd Pletcher/Jockey Florent Geroux/Owner Stonestreet Stables LLC (Barbara Banke), Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

Mr. Z 50-1
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, Jockey Ramon Vazquez, Owner Zayat Stables, LLC

Ocho Ocho Ocho 25-1
Trainer Jim Cassidy/Jockey TBD/Owner DP Racing, LLC

Bolo 40-1
Trainer Carla Gaines/Jockey Rafael Bejarano/Owner Golden Pegasus Racing Inc. & Mack

Keen Ice 50-1
Trainer Dale Romans/Jockey Kent Desormeaux/Owner Donegal Racing

Frammento 60-1
Trainer Nick Zito/Jockey TBD/Owner Mossarosa

Bold Conquest 70-1
Trainer Steve Asmussen/Jockey TBD/Owner Ackerley Brothers Farm

Kentucky Derby Contender Workouts

A live video stream of morning workouts at Churchill Downs is available every morning from 8:00am-9:00am ET. Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders take to the track for training between 8:30am-8:45am and wear specially designed saddle towels embroidered with their names. Kentucky Derby contenders wear a brightly colored greenish-yellow towel while Kentucky Oaks contenders wear pink.

If you miss the live stream you can view the workouts on kentuckyderby.com.

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Turn In Your Kentucky Derby Videos!

Lady and The Track is collecting videos once again for the 2015 Kentucky Derby Fan Video Montage. If you’d like to join in on the fun simply email a short video clip to casey@ladyandthetrack.com. Please include your name, location, favorite Kentucky Derby horse, and how you’ll play your ticket in your video. All videos must be less than ten seconds long and must be filmed “sideways” by holding your phone horizontally while filming. All video submissions must be emailed in before 12:00 pm ET on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Save The Date

April 27:
Christine A. Moore Millinery will be hosting a Trunk Show on April 27-30 at Rodes for Her located at 4938 Brownsboro Rd. Louisville, Kentucky 40222.
April 29:
The Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund brings jockeys together to serve up “Jocktails” on Thursday, April 29, 2015 from 7:00pm-10:00 at the Ice House in downtown Louisville located at 217 E. Main Street. Tickets are available online now and won’t last. Only 100 tickets are available to the public!
April 30:
Team Lady and The Track and Fashion at the Races invites you to a casual Meet & Greet at the Galt House Hotel on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 pm located at Al J’s Conservatory. The 30-ft aquarium bar with sweeping views of downtown Louisville is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail and celebrate the 141st Running of the Kentucky Derby while becoming acquainted with like-minded horse racing friends.
May 2:
If you are in Saratoga Springs, NY on May 2, come by Kings Tavern and help us help out some of our old neighbors from across the street. Information can be found of facebook or www.trfinc.org.

Kentucky Derby 2015 Post Draw

The post position draw for the Kentucky Oaks is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The post draw for the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby is set for Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 5:30 pm ET at Churchill Downs. The traditional pill pull will be televised on NBCSN.

Kentucky Derby 2015 Post Time

The 141st running of the Kentucky Derby is set to take place at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Gates open early at 8:00 am ET with post time for the first race at 10:30 am ET. Post time for the Kentucky Oaks is approximately 5:45 pm ET on Friday May 1, 2015. Post time for the Kentucky Derby is approximately 6:24 pm ET. Visit KentuckyDerby.com for official information.

Kentucky Derby 2015 TV Schedule

The Kentucky Derby will be aired on NBC on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 pm ET. A Kentucky Derby post show will begin at 7:00 pm ET on NBCSN.

Kentucky Derby Events Schedule

Kentucky Oaks May 1, 2015
8:00 am Gates Open
10:30 am Race 1
11:00 am Race 2
11:30 am Race 3
12:05 pm Race 4
12:43 pm Race 5 La Troienne (GI)
1:26 pm Race 6 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (GIII)
2:08 pm Race 7
2:15 pm Longines Fashion Contest (Pink Carpet located near Gate 10)
3:02 pm Race 8 Eight Belles (GIII)
4:02 pm Race 9 Edgewood (GIII)
4:52 pm Race 10 Alysheba (GII)
Survivors Parade presented by Kroger
5:49 pm Race 11 Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI)
6:21pm Race 12

Kentucky Derby May 2, 2015
8:00 am Gates Open
10:30 am Race 1
11:01 am Race 2
11:31 am Race 3
12:04 pm Race 4
12:38 pm Race 5 Pat Day Mile (GIII)
1:19 pm Race 6 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (GII)
2:08 pm Race 7 Humana Distaff (GI)
2:59 pm Race 8 American Turf (GII)
3:43 pm Race 9 Churchill Downs Stakes (GII)
4:44 pm Race 10 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI)
6:24 pm Race 11 Kentucky Derby (GI)
7:20 pm Race 12
7:50 pm Race 13

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