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Wednesday Kentucky Derby Photos

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Chocolate Candy
Chocolate Candy

Chocolate Candy gallops Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
April 29, 2009

Wednesday was warm and humid in Louisville, with overnight rainfall rendering the Churchill Downs main track muddy, but the rain stopped in time for training hours and held off through the day. While no Derby horses did timed works, several did go for a gallop in the morning. A few also schooled in the paddock during the races in the afternoon.

Chocolate Candy worked on Tuesday and recorded the second-fastest five furlongs of the day in :59 1/5. Wednesday he just galloped, but looked very sharp and ready despite the wet surface. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said on Tuesday, "I had told Mike 'Just like Santa Anita' (a reference to a :59 1/5 work turned in by the pair at the California track on April 12). He hit it right on. Now I think my horse has a chance to run well here. He can handle this track and now we know he can run well here. Handling the track is key and he's show us he can."

2009 Kentucky Derby Entries and Post Positions - a field of 20 was entered on Wednesday
Thursday Kentucky Derby Photos - 8 Derby horses and 2 Oaks fillies from the works and paddock schooling on April 30

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