Kentucky Derby Notes and Workouts for 4/28/22

Santa Anita Derby winner Taiba breezed in preparation for the Kentucky Derby. (Benoit photo)

Taiba Turns in Lone Workout in Advance of Kentucky Derby

(Edited Press Release)

The principal action for Kentucky Derby 148 occurred more than 2,000 miles west of Churchill Downs the morning of April 28 as Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Taiba worked six furlongs in 1:12.80.

“It was very straight forward,” trainer Tim Yakteen said. “He worked three-quarters from the five-eighth pole. It was a typical Taiba work and we accomplished what we wanted. I got him in 1:12.60 and out in 1:26. We’re good.”

Drayden Van Dyke was aboard Taiba who worked in company with the 4-year-old American Admiral.

Owned by Zedan Racing Stables, Taiba is undefeated in two career starts will be attempting to become the first horse since Leonatus in 1883 to win the Kentucky Derby in his third start.

Yakteen plans to work Messier, the Santa Anita Derby runner-up, Friday morning with both colts scheduled to fly from Los Angeles to Indianapolis on Sunday and then van south to Churchill Downs.

“My general feeling is that both horses are doing really super (following the Santa Anita Derby),” Yakteen said. “They are both very professional and make my job easy.”

In addition to Messier working on Friday,Tami Bobo’s Fountain of Youth (G2) winner Simplification is scheduled to work at Gulfstream Park for trainer Antonio Sano.

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