Mylute, runner-up to Revolutionary in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2), continued his preparations for the Kentucky Derby (GI) with a six-furlong breeze in 1:12.20 on Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.
Working under Shaun Bridgmohan in company with two other Tom Amoss trainees, Mylute (ranked No. 16 on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by TwinSpires.com” Leaderboard) recorded fractions of :12.60, :24.80, :36.60, :48.40 and 1:00.20, and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:25 and a mile in 1:39. He started about eight lengths behind the duo of workmates and finished eight lengths in front at the wire.
“I wanted him to pass those horses down the lane and then finish once he got by them,” Amoss said. “He did those things, so the work went well.”
Amoss said Mylute would have two more works prior to the Kentucky Derby on May 4, but they would be much easier than Sunday’s move.
“If anybody was interested in Mylute as a Derby prospect, today’s work was the one they needed to see,” Amoss said. “It was a serious work and he looked very good. Mylute is going to do nothing to impress anyone in his next two works. He’s going to work by himself and they are going to be slow and easy half-mile works. Today’s work was an indication of where we are with him and we were pleased.”
In other Kentucky Derby news, Arkansas Derby (G1) winner Overanalyze arrived in good order at Churchill Downs on Sunday at 12:15 p.m. after flying to Lexington and then vanning to Louisville. He is stabled in Barn 34 for trainer Todd Pletcher.
“We were hoping for an improved performance in his second start off the layoff,” Pletcher said. “We were hoping for a big effort, but he actually exceeded our expectations.”
Later on Sunday, Overanalyze will be joined in the Pletcher barn by Wood Memorial (G1) winner Verrazano, who is on a Tex Sutton flight from New York that is scheduled to land in Louisville at 3:50 p.m.
Joining Verrazano on the flight from New York are Normandy Invasion and Kentucky Oaks (G1) contenders Close Hatches and Princess of Sylmar, 1-2 finishers in the Gazelle (G2).
Princess of Sylmar will join the Pletcher string in Barn 34, Normandy Invasion will be in Barn 42 for trainer Chad Brown and Close Hatches will go to Barn 19 for trainer Bill Mott.
Also expected to arrive at Churchill Downs from Oaklawn Park on Sunday evening are Will Take Charge, Oxbow and Falling Sky). Will Take Charge won the Rebel (G2) over stablemate Oxbow, who finished fifth in the Arkansas Derby. Both will be stabled in Barn 44 for four-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Falling Sky, who finished fourth in the Arkansas Derby, will be stabled in Barn 36 for trainer John Terranova.