Photo: Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges
Mylute, runner-up to Revolutionary in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II), continued his preparations for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a six-furlong breeze in 1:12 1/5 the morning of Apil 14 at Churchill Downs.
Working under Shaun Bridgmohan in company with two other Tom Amoss trainees, Mylute, who is ranked 16th on the list to determine Kentucky Derby starters, recorded fractions of :12 3/5, :24 4/5, :36 3/5 :48 2/5, and 1:00 1/5. He galloped out seven furlongs in 1:25 and a mile in 1:39.
The gray/roan Midnight Lute colt started about eight lengths behind his workmates and finished eight lengths in front at the wire.
“I wanted him to pass those horses down the lane and then finish once he got by them,” Amoss said. “He did those things, so the work went well.”
Amoss said Mylute would have two more works prior to the Kentucky Derby May 4, but they would be much easier than Sunday’s move.
“If anybody was interested in Mylute as a Derby prospect, today’s work was the one they needed to see,” Amoss said. “It was a serious work and he looked very good. Mylute is going to do nothing to impress anyone in his next two works. He’s going to work by himself and they are going to be slow and easy half-mile works. Today’s work was an indication of where we are with him, and we were pleased.”
Owned by Goldmark Farm and Whisper Hill Farm, Mylute has a 2-3-2 mark in nine lifetime starts with earnings of $417,695. in his only other start this year, he ran seventh in the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II), which like the Louisiana Derby was contested at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. He will be seeking his first stakes win in the Kentucky Derby.
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