Resilience, Just F Y I Breeze at Churchill Downs on Busy Day for Arrivals


Bill Mott's Barn 19 was busy Monday morning as Kentucky Derby and Oaks hopefuls GSW Resilience (Into Mischief) and MGISW Just F Y I (Justify) put in published five-furlong workouts.

The former galloped about one mile before producing a move clocked in 1:01.60 under jockey Junior Alvarado and easily galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.60, according to Churchill Downs clocker John Nichols.

“He's the type of horse that has taken a little more time to mature than some others,” trainer Bill Mott said. “We took our time with his development and it seems to have worked out well.”

Just F Y I was clocked in :59.80 on her return to the work tab and galloped out six panels in 1:12.20, seven furlongs in 1:25.40, and completed a mile in hand in 1:40.20 under Junior Alvarado.

“She's a very nice filly and we had a minor setback with her this winter when she developed a fever on race day [in the GII Davona Dale] and we had to scratch that day,” Mott said. “It's one of those situations where we hoped she'd get over the virus quickly to return training, and she did. Then, we started looking at the [GI] Ashland as her next option.”

Champion MGISW Fierceness (City of Light) arrived at Churchill Downs Monday morning from South Florida as well as GI Florida Derby runner-up Catalytic (Catalina Cruiser) and GSW Domestic Product (Practical Joke).

GI Toyota Blue Grass winner Sierra Leone (Gun Runner) had his first training day beneath the Twin Spires, galloping a little over a mile. Domestic Product and Sierra Leone will likely have their final pre-Derby works Saturday, weather dependent.

As of Monday, 16 of the top 20 Derby contenders are on-site with GISW Stronghold (Ghostzapper) set to ship on Tuesday from California and GSW West Saratoga (Exaggerator) scheduled to arrive Friday from Lexington. Grand Mo the First (Uncle Mo), the newest entry with the defection of GSW Deterministic (Liam's Map), is set to arrive Thursday after a breeze at Gulfstream Park Tuesday morning.

Japan's other hopeful, T O Password (Jpn) (Copano Rickey {Jpn}), is to leave Japan Tuesday, arrive for quarantine in Chicago for 42 hours, and then make a scheduled arrival in Louisville early Friday morning.

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