With just three weeks until the Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve, TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (Grade II) winner By My Standards, breezed a half-mile in :48.80 at 5:45 a.m. Thursday morning at Churchill Downs.
Flanked by Allied Racing Stable's Chester Thomas and trainer Bret Calhoun, By My Standards was led to the track by stable pony Frankie with Calhoun's wife Sara aboard and worked through eighth-mile fractions of :13 and :24.80, prior to an extended gallop out of five furlongs in 1:01.20 and six furlongs in 1:13.40. He pulled up near the track kitchen with a final seven-furlong time of 1:27.20, according to clocker John Nichols. Jockey Gabriel Saez was aboard for the work.
“He keeps progressing really well,” Saez said. “He didn't really turn a hair this morning. I wanted to make sure I gave him an easy work like last week and he did everything on his own. I think we're in a great spot right now with two works remaining until the Derby.”
By My Standards would give veteran trainer Calhoun his first starter in the Kentucky Derby.
“I never had a top 3-year-old colt that I thought could get us to the Derby,” Calhoun said. “This is really the first horse we've had that can get us there. It's been a pretty bumpy road as a trainer to finally get here and I'm really excited to be in the position we are.
“Horse trainers are naturally nervous people. We've seen so many things come up the last minute with horses. We'll be on the edge of our chairs from now until Derby. I'm very pleased to have six weeks between races. He ran his best race in the Louisiana Derby. I'm very happy we have some time between starts since he ran his best figures across the board in that race. He bounced out of the race in good shape but I think we'll be coming into the race a fresh horse.”
By My Standards is a son of Goldencents out of the Muqtarib mare A Jealous Woman.
“Quite frankly, horses either can get a mile-and-a-quarter or not,” Calhoun said. “It's a very demanding distance and I don't want to push him or go overboard with his training. He's ready and where he needs to be.”
By My Standards is stabled on Barn 23 on the backstretch of Churchill Downs.
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