Coach Jimmy Jerkens gave Grade 3 Gotham winner Weyburn a stiff three-eighths blowout on Wednesday morning over the Belmont Park coaching observe in preparation for his nine-furlong debut in Saturday’s Grade 2, $750,000 Wooden Memorial offered by Resorts World On line casino.
After two straightforward works following the Gotham, Chiefswood Stables’ son of Pioneerof the Nile coated the three furlongs in :36.20 – the second quickest of 18 recorded works on the distance. Weyburn labored six-furlongs 1:16.60 5 days earlier.
“If I am operating a horse that is going additional than they ever have, I like to present them a bit one thing near the race simply to open up their lungs a bit,” Jerkens mentioned. “It was fairly near his work earlier than that, however he did not go all that quick that day, so I did not suppose it was an enormous cope with the 5 days, plus we had a whole lot of rain the subsequent day.”
In upsetting the Gotham at 46-1 odds, Weyburn displayed tactical velocity and fought gamely alongside the rail to get a nostril to the higher of fellow Wooden Memorial aspirant Crowded Commerce. He additionally earned 50 factors on the Highway to the Kentucky Derby, at the moment standing tenth on the leaderboard.
Regardless of qualifying for the “Run for the Roses,” Jerkens mentioned he is perhaps extra inclined to coach Weyburn as much as the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 5. His greatest end within the 12-furlong “Check of a Champion” was Thomas Jo, who completed third behind an exhilarating stretch run in 1998 the place Victory Gallop infamously spoiled the Triple Crown bid of Actual Quiet.
“We form of have that behind our head that we might extra apt to intention for one thing like that than the Derby,” Jerkens mentioned. “He is a horse that takes a while to get used to new locations. He is excessive upkeep in that regard. We might prefer to stretch the yr out a bit extra.”
Jerkens seeks a second Wooden Memorial triumph, having saddled Centennial Farms’ Depraved Sturdy to victory within the 2014 version.
Centennial Farms, graded stakes-winner Rocketry has been again to the work tab since getting some winter relaxation on the outfits Middleburg, Virginia facility. The veteran son of Onerous Spun is feasible for the $100,000 Flat Out on April 30 at Belmont Park.
After going three furlongs in 38.21 on March 21, he went a straightforward half-mile in 50.09 seconds.
“We’ll attempt to make the Flat Out,” Jerkens mentioned. “We have been debating on whether or not to maintain him right here all winter as a result of he all the time does nicely when he is with the remainder of us. Typically when he will get turned out, he can get a bit bored after which he comes again, and it takes some time to get into the rhythm of issues.”
Rocketry, a three-time stakes winner, was final seen ending a nine-race stoop when coming from ten lengths off the tempo to win the 1 5/8-mile Grade 2 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance on November 6 at Keeneland.
New to the Paulick Report? Click on right here to enroll in our day by day electronic mail e-newsletter to maintain up on this and different tales occurring within the Thoroughbred trade.
Copyright © 2021 Paulick Report.