Kentucky Derby UPDATE: Trainer Joe Sharp has Derby in his cross-hairs after Girvin’s :59.3 five furlong work on Saturday.

GIRVIN – Sire: Tale of Ekati (Tale of the Cat)  Dam: Catch the Moon (Malibu Moon)

After hearing about Girvin’s quarter crack my first thought was he’s done, but then Saturday morning came about. A tweet from Joe Sharp stated that the fractions of Girvin’s five furlong workout were exceptional and that’s exactly what they were, exceptional. He looked like he isn’t feeling any problems in hit feet. With the defections of Malagacy and Battalion Runner, the Kentucky Derby field needed some good news and they got it from the Sharp entry. The Louisiana Derby winner clocked in a final work time of :59.3 at Keeneland Racecourse Saturday. As the 3-year-old with the most Derby qualification points, it would have been solemn news to hear he wasn’t pointing towards starting next week, but Sharp gave all indication that he will continue on schedule to start in the Derby.


It can be taken a number of ways when a horse takes time off of the track to work in an equine pool. Girvin did exactly that which gave indication that trainer Joe Sharp wanted him off of his feet as much as possible, but wanted to keep him in shape at the same time. The move may prove to be the key to getting Girvin into the Derby starting gate. Quarter cracks have been proven to be overcome in the past, and it looks like Girvin will be given the chance to prove his wins in Louisiana this Spring were no joke and in fact he is the horse to beat next Saturday. He currently sits anywhere from 12-1 to 20-1 in many early Derby odds boards.


I went into a breakdown of Girvin’s pedigree profile in a previous article


Right now, it appears that off of the recent work, it’s time to rethink where Girvin fits into the Derby picture and pace scenario.



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