(Track Phantom / Photos by Coady Photography)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team / Darren Rogers & Kevin Kerstein:

TRACK PHANTOM CRUISES FIVE FURLONGS IN 1:00.80 FOR KENTUCKY DERBY

Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen made the eight-hour journey from Oaklawn to Churchill Downs early Sunday morning to watch several of his barn’s top horses record published workouts, including Risen Star (Grade II) runner-up Track Phantom who breezed five furlongs in 1:00.80 in preparation for the 150th running of the $5 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) in just 13 days.

With jockey Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle, Track Phantom worked outside his stablemate Carbone at 5:45 a.m. ET. The duo cruised an opening quarter-mile in a modest :26.20 but galloped out six furlongs in a solid 1:13.60, according to Churchill Downs Clocker John Nichols. Track Phantom’s final three-furlongs was a sharp :34.60.

Owned by L and N Racing, Clark Brewster, Jerry Caroom and Breeze Easy, Track Phantom is scheduled to add blinkers for the first time in the Kentucky Derby, according to Asmussen.

About 20 minutes earlier, Gaffalione was aboard Courtlandt Farm’s Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) hopeful Our Pretty Woman who breezed five furlongs in 1:00. The Asmussen trainee worked outside her stakes-winning 3-year-old stablemate Otto the Conqueror through an opening quarter-mile of :25 and completed six furlongs in 1:12.60, according to Nichols.

Asmussen’s exercise rider Carmen Rosas was aboard both workmates.

Aside from the two workers from the Asmussen barn, it was a quiet morning as far as the training went for Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders. The only other major training session was from Michael McMillan’s Gazelle Stakes (GIII) winner Where’s My Ring who breezed a quarter-mile down the lane in :24. Trainer Val Brinkerhoff reported Where’s My Ring is scheduled to have an official workout Saturday.

          Kentucky Derby contenders who recorded workouts on Saturday all had scheduled walk days Sunday:Catching Freedom (five furlongs, 1:00.80), Dornoch (four furlongs, :48.20), Endlessly (five furlongs, 1:00.80), Just a Touch (four furlongs, :48.20), Just Steel (one-mile, 1:40), Mystik Dan (five furlongs, :59.40) and Society Man (four furlongs, :48.20).

Japan’s UAE Derby (GII) winner Forever Young also had a scheduled walk day.

Monday could be the first appearance at Churchill Downs for Blue Grass Stakes (GI) winner Sierra Leone who was scheduled to arrive from Keeneland late Sunday morning.

          Fans can watch the “Morning Works Show presented by TwinSpires” each morning from 7:25-7:45 a.m. on the Kentucky Derby YouTube, Facebook and X accounts.

STAKES PROBABLES – The early known stakes probables have been released by Churchill Downs Assistant Racing Secretary and Stakes Coordinator Dan Bork. Updates will come to these fields daily until their respective entry days:

          The 14th running of the $200,000 Roxelana Overnight Stakes, run on Saturday, April 27 at six furlongs, entries taken Tuesday: Last Leaf (Eddie Kenneally); Malloy (Wayne Catalano); Nom De Plume (Paulo Lobo); and Samarita (Jose Rodriguez).

          The ninth running of the $300,000 William Walker (Listed), run Wednesday, May 1 at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, entries taken Wednesday: Amidst Waves (George Weaver); King of Gosford (GB) (Phil D’Amato); No Nay Mets (IRE) (George Weaver); Sketch (IRE) (Conor Murphy); and Works For Me (Joe Lee).

          The sixth running of the $200,000 Isaac Murphy Marathon Overnight Stakes, run Wednesday, May 1 at 1 ½ miles, entries taken Wednesday: Next (Doug Cowans); and O P Firecracker (Robbie Medina).

          The 19th running of the $350,000 Opening Verse (Listed), run Thursday, May 2 at one mile on turf, entries taken Thursday: Saratoga Flash (Saffie Joseph Jr.); Shirl’s Speight (Roger Attfield); and Stitched(Greg Foley).

          The 30th running of the $250,000 Kentucky Juvenile, run Thursday, May 2 at five furlongs, entries taken Thursday: Her Holy Name (John Hancock); Strummin (John Hancock); Turnbuckle (Lance Rutledge); and West Memorial (John Hancock).

          The third running of the $200,000 St. Matthews Overnight Stakes, run Thursday, May 2 at six furlongs, entries taken Thursday: Bango (Greg Foley); and Manny Wah (Will Walden).

          The 39th running of the $1 million Fasig-Tipton La Troienne (GI), run Friday, May 3 at 1 1/16 miles, entries taken Saturday: Hoosier Philly (Tom Amoss); Idiomatic (Brad Cox); Pretty Mischievous (Brendan Walsh) and Xigera (Phil Bauer).

          The 21st running of the $750,000 Alysheba presented by TwinSpires (GII), run Friday, May 3 at 1 1/16 miles, entries taken Saturday: Il Miracolo (Antonio Sano); Money Supply (Joe Sharp); Steal Sunshine(Bobby Dibona); T O Saint Denis (JPN) (Daisuke Takayanagi); and Trademark (Vicki Oliver).

          The 69th running of the $600,000 Eight Belles presented by Sysco (GII), run Friday, May 3 at seven furlongs, entries taken Saturday: Asternia (Randy Morse); Do Gooder (Jena Antonucci); Harbor Springs(Greg Foley); Lady Moscato (Wayne Lukas); Launch (Jorge Delgado); Maxisuperfly (Eric Foster); New Diamond (Patrick Biancone) and R Harper Rose (Steve Asmussen).

          The 40th running of the $600,000 Edgewood presented by TwinSpires (GII), run Friday, May 3 at 1 1/16 miles on turf, entries taken Saturday: Band of Gold (Kenny McPeek); Buchu (Phil Bauer); Pink Polkadots (Joe Sharp); Ragtime Lady (Tom Amoss); and Simply In Front (Eddie Kenneally).

          The 67th running of the $400,000 Modesty presented by Derby City Gaming (GIII), run Friday, May 3 at 1 1/8 miles on turf, entries taken Saturday: Henrietta Topham (Geoff Mulcahy); Sparkle Blue (Graham Motion) and Tryinmyheartout (Shane Wilson).

          The 14th running of the $400,000 Unbridled Sidney presented by Resolute Racing (GIII), run Friday, May 3 at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, entries taken Saturday: Stone Silent (Brian Lynch).

          The 38th running of the $1 million Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic (GI), run Saturday, May 4 at 1 1/8 miles on turf, entries taken Saturday: Anglophile (Brian Lynch); and I’m Very Busy (Chad Brown).

          The 89th running of the $1 million Churchill Downs presented by Ford (GI), run Saturday, May 4 at seven furlongs, entries taken Saturday: Bo Cruz (Al Stall Jr.); Here Mi Song (Billy Stinson Jr.); Hoist the Gold (Dallas Stewart); Minnesota Ready (Tom Amoss); Oscar Eclipse (Brian Lynch); Tejano Twist (Chris Hartman) and Three Technique (Jason Cook).

          The 38th running of the $1 million Derby City Distaff presented by Kendall-Jackson Winery (GI), run Saturday, May 4 at seven furlongs, entries taken Saturday: Alva Starr (Brett Brinkman); American Band(John Haran); Fingal’s Cave (Dave Donk); Oliva Darling (Jorge Delgado); Red Carpet Ready (Rusty Arnold II); Spirit Wind (Saffie Joseph Jr.); Sterling Silver (Lance Rutledge) and Vahva (Cherie DeVaux).

          The 39th running of the $750,000 Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (GII), run Saturday, May 4 at one-mile on turf, entries taken Saturday: American Sonja (GB) (Joseph O’Brien); Be My Sunshine (Saffie Joseph Jr.); Delahaye (Chad Brown); Evie Jets (Mertkan Kantarmaci); Mission of Joy (Graham Motion);Safeen (Eddie Kenneally) and Sister Lou Ann (Saffie Joseph Jr.).

          The 30th running of the $600,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint presented by Sentient Jet (GII), run Saturday, May 4 at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, entries taken Saturday: Axthelm (Saffie Joseph Jr.); Bad Beat Brian(Brittany Vanden Berg); Big Invasion (Christophe Clement); Coppola (Dale Romans); Eamonn (Joe Orseno); Extendo (Joe Orseno); Mischief Magic (IRE) (Charlie Appleby); Mister Mmmmm (Joe Sharp); Mo Stash (Vicki Oliver); Nothing Better (Jorge Duarte Jr.); Our Shot (John Terranova) and Panther Island (Laura Cazares).

          The 100th running of the $600,000 Pat Day Mile presented by SAP (GII), run Saturday, May 4 at one-mile, entries taken Saturday: Glengarry (Doug Anderson); Knightsbridge (Bill Mott); Nash (Brad Cox) andWho Dey (Tom Drury Jr.).

          The 33rd running of the $600,000 American Turf presented by TwinSpires (GII), run Saturday, May 4 at 1 1/16 miles on turf, entries taken Saturday: Abrumar (Saffie Joseph Jr.); Dancing Groom (Antoino Sano); Legend of Time (GB) (Charlie Appleby); Neat (Rob Atras); Rock’n a Halo (Tom Amoss) and Trikari (Graham Motion).

The third running of the Knicks Go Overnight Stakes presented by L&N Federal Credit Union (Listed), run Saturday, May 4 at one-mile, entries taken Saturday: Best Actor (Brad Cox) and Strava (Norm Casse).

DOWN THE STRETCH – Trainer Todd Pletcher reported UAE Oaks (GIII) winner Manama Gold was transferred to his care and is possible to supplement for the Kentucky Oaks. The Louisiana-bred daughter of Star Guitar is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Monday.

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