Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Disarm (Gun Runner) completed his major preparations for Saturday’s GI Kentucky Derby with a half-mile work in :49.20 (15/30) at Churchill Downs Monday.
With exercise rider Wilson Fabian in the saddle, Disarm was accompanied to the track by assistant trainer Scott Blasi aboard one pony, while trainer Steve Asmussen followed close behind on another.
Disarm completed an opening quarter-mile of :25 and was not asked to gallop out past the wire, which is typical in Asmussen’s works less than one week out of a race.
“We’ve been behind on his training going into the Road to the Kentucky Derby but he’s responded well with each task we’ve asked him to complete,” Asmussen said.
Disarm was second behind Kingsbarns (Uncle Mo) in the Mar. 25 GII Louisiana Derby before earning his spot in the Derby starting gate with a third-place effort in the GIII Stonestreet Lexington S. Apr. 15. He worked five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.00 at Churchill last Wednesday.