Went the Day Well, outfitted with blinkers, worked five furlongs in 1:01 at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
Owned by Team Valor International and Mark Ford, Went the Day Well was ridden in the work by jockey John Velazquez.
Working in company with Crimson China, Went the Day Well started a length behind his workmate and finished three lengths in front in fractions of :12.40, :24.60, :36.40, :48.80 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.60, according to Reed Palmer.
“I thought he went super,” trainer Graham Motion said. “John felt that he was better on the dirt here than he was last week on the synthetic (at Keeneland in which he worked six furlongs in 1:14.40).”
Went the Day Well never has raced in blinkers, but the son of Proud Citizen was outfitted with them this morning.
“I put ‘cheaters’ on him and it seemed like it really helped him,” Motion said. “Last week at Keeneland, he was content to stay with Crimson China and today he went right on by.”
Went the Day Well comes into the Kentucky Derby off a victory in the Spiral, just as stablemate Animal Kingdom did last year. Unlike Animal Kingdom, Went the Day Well already is proven on dirt.
“It was a big step for him going from a maiden to a Grade 3,” said Motion. “I feel good about him and I feel good about running him in this race. And, I feel a whole lot better after the work today.”
Churchill Downs Communications contributed to this report.
Went The Day Well/Reed Palmer photo
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