A week after taking a spin around the Keeneland turf course, Like the King (Palace Malice) returned to the Keeneland main track Saturday morning, drilling three-quarters of a mile in 1:12.80 (1/3) (see below) for the GI Kentucky Derby.
With former jockey Julio Garcia at the controls, the GIII Jeff Ruby Steaks winner worked in the company of newly minted Sovereign Award winner Artie's Princess (We Miss Artie) and broke off three lengths behind his stablemate before drawing on even terms at the sixteenth pole.
“That was a good work and the horse he worked with is a champion,” said trainer Wesley Ward, well on his way to a seventh Keeneland title. “He'll work again next Saturday or Sunday.”
Drayden Van Dyke, who has the call at Churchill, was aboard Like the King for his move.
WATCH: Like the King works Saturday at Keeneland