To get the racehorses used to the new saddle paddock built at Churchill Downs Racecourse, this Thursday some of the Kentucky Derby (G1) competitors did “schooling” or schooling, as it is the term in English.
In front of the eyes of the public present at the race and of course the media that gives the coverage of what will be the most famous equestrian event in the world, the two main favorites walked together with another participant, all corresponding to the same trainer.
These are Todd Pletcher’s retirees: Forte, Tapit Trice and Kingsbarns, who recognize the paddock showing their physique. On Tuesday I was also there and this is part of the system that the trainer has to try to get the horses used to this new pasture. Of course, the public attendance on Saturday will be greater than that of the previous days.
TAPIT TRICE and FORTE schooling int he paddock for the Kentucky Derby. @CBredar and @CalebFDTV report.
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Forte is the early favorite at 3-1 in the betting. He showed his usual vigor, as he did at Gulfstream Park the day before the Florida Derby (G1). Instead, Tapit Trice was more serene in his walk without incident. Behind them came Kingsbarns, surrounded by two pawns, playing with his bit, but also with a fixed step.
Toy colts Disarmed and Confidence also walked accompanied by their respective grooms. Disarmed is a Steve Asmussen-trained Confidence Game owned by stablemate Rebel Stakes (G2) winner Keith Desormeaux.