Raise Cain And Affirmative Lady Work At Keeneland Ahead Of Derby-Oaks

GI Kentucky Derby entrant Raise Cain (Violence), trained by Ben Colebrook, and GI Kentucky Oaks entrant Affirmative Lady (Arrogate), trained by Graham Motion, worked at Keeneland on Thursday morning, the track said in a release.

Raise Cain covered a half-mile in company with the unraced 3-year-old filly Merrily Rush (Cross Traffic) in :49 on a fast track. Clockers caught him galloping out 5 furlongs in 1:02.80.

“I just wanted him to have something to run at: a horse 5 lengths in front of him because that’s something he’ll be doing in the Derby,” his trainer said. “It went great. Just what we were looking for.”

Andrew N. Warren and Rania Warren’s colt is set to be Colebrook’s first Derby starter, and was ridden by jockey Gerardo Corrales, who he said is “in the mix.” Colebrook said a decision about the jockey had not been made.

AMO Racing USA’s Affirmative Lady, who will be ridden by John Velazquez in the Oaks, had her final timed workout when she went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40 under exercise rider Kevin Lundie.

“Keeneland is where we’re stabled right now, and I find it’s a nice atmosphere to train here,” Motion said. “Churchill’s pretty busy, so I’m very comfortable with her being here. She’ll have to be over there (early) next week, so she’ll get to gallop on the track every day. She’s had a breeze here already. I didn’t really want to move her to another track to have her next breeze. Normally, I would have done it tomorrow, but with this weather coming in it looks like we’ve got to do it today. It’s not ideal, but it’s what we got.”


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