(Free Drop Billy winning the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

Here is a closer look at some of today’s top workouts:

  1. Free Drop Billy, who captured the Claiborne Breeder’s Futurity at Keeneland last Fall and then ran third at the famed track in the Blue Grass Stakes in his last start, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for his next appointed afternoon round — the 2018 Kentucky Derby. The colt breezing 5 furlongs in :59 flat, which was the bullet move out of 52 for the day, and perhaps the best work this horse — a son of Union Rags — has had in the last six months for trainer Dale Romans. Could he finally be peaking at the right time?
  2. Coach Rocks, a top prospect for the Kentucky Oaks whether or not her infamous owner — Rick Pitino — decides to attend the races or not, worked at Churchill Downs this morning, as well. She went in the exact same time as her stablemate — Free Drop Billy. This daughter of Oxbow won the Gulfstream Park Oaks in her last start, and has now won two in a row going into the First Friday in May.
  3. Instilled Regard, who will need a few defections to make the field for this year’s Kentucky Derby, worked this morning at Santa Anita for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. He went 5 furlongs in 1:01 handily. That was the 21st best time out of 45 to go the distance. This one won the LeComte Stakes at the Fair Grounds earlier this year, before faltering in the Risen Star. He returned to California and ran fourth behind the pair of Justify and Bolt d’Oro in the Santa Anita Derby.
  4. Justify, now the “Now Horse” for this year’s Kentucky Derby and the undefeated winner of the Santa Anita Derby, worked this morn at Santa Anita for trainer Bob Baffert. He went 6 furlongs in 1:13.20 handily, which was the 3 best time out of 3 to go that far.
  5. Bravazo, winner of the Risen Star before he threw in an absolute mind blowing last in the Louisiana Derby for trainer D. Wayne Lukas, worked at Churchill Downs on Friday. He went 6 furlongs in 1:15.40, which was the bullet of 3 to go that far. What to make of him now? What, indeed?