Monday, April 27, 2009

Two California Shippers Post Works for Kentucky Derby

Monday morning, April 27th, Churchill Downs.

Santa Anita Derby winner Pioneerof the Nile worked 5 furlongs in a controlled 1:01 under regular exercise rider and former jockey, Joe Steiner. Trainer Bob Baffert, who observed the work from the stands, indicated he was happy with the way the colt moves on the dirt track. Pioneerof the Nile had previously been training and running on synthetic tracks in southern California.

Santa Anita Derby runner-up Chocolate Candy went 5 furlongs in :59.20, the second fastest of 26 works at the distance Monday, under jockey Mike Smith. Northern California-based trainer Jerry Hollendorfer also indicated he was pleased with the way his colt runs on dirt.

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