Asmussen Derby Trio Tune Up


Untrapped | Coady Photography

Trainer Steve Asmussen's three GI Kentucky Derby hopefuls each turned in half-mile works at Churchill Downs Monday. Untrapped (Trappe Shot) went the four furlongs in :50.40, while Lookin at Lee (Lookin at Lucky) worked in :50.20, both over a track labeled sloppy.

“I love the way both are doing,” Asmussen said. “They both ran in the GI Arkansas Derby three weeks ago, so they're plenty fit. I like how they're traveling over the track right now.”

Michael Langford's Untrapped, second in the GIII LeComte S. and GII Risen Star S., was third in the GII Rebel S. and sixth in the Arkansas Derby. He galloped out five furlongs in 1:03.80 with splits of :12.60, :25.20 and :37.6.

L and N Racing's Lookin at Lee, third in the Arkansas Derby, galloped out five furlongs in 1:03.60. His splits were :12.80, :25.40 and :37.80.

Calumet Farm's Hence (Street Boss), working after the renovation break and over a track labeled good, went in :48.40. He galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.80 and six furlongs in 1:16.40 under exercise rider Angel Garcia.

“We know he's fast,” Asmussen said of the GIII Sunland Derby winner. “It's just a matter of managing his speed. Angel has done a great job with him.”

Also working at Churchill Downs Monday, Calumet Farm's Sonneteer (Midnight Lute) worked a half-mile in :47 flat. The dark bay colt, second in the Rebel and fourth in the Arkansas Derby, worked in splits of :11.80, :23.20, :35.20 and galloped out five furlongs in :59.60 and six furlongs in 1:13.60.

“It was a good work,” jockey Corey Lanerie, who was substituting for the travel-delayed Kent Desormeaux, said. “[Trainer] Keith [Desormeaux] said he wanted a good stiff work and hopefully he got it. He did everything I asked and seems like a nice laid back horse. He galloped out real nice.”

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