Eclipse Award winning trainer Dale Romans will go for a second straight Blue Grass Stakes next Saturday at Keeneland with highly regarded Dewey Square. Romans won last year's 88th edition of the 1 1/8-mile race with Dullahan.
"If something works, we stick with it," Romans said concerning shipping Dewey Square from Churchill Downs to Keeneland for a workout as he did last year with Dullahan.
Saturday morning, Dewey Square worked five furlongs in 1:03 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:16 with Tammy Fox riding.
"He got stronger as he got used to what he was running on, and he galloped out really strong," Romans said. "It looked like he figured it out."
Owned by Siena Farms, Dewey Square is coming off a fifth behind Rydilluc in the Palm Beach Stakes on the turf. The colt was third behind Uncaptured in last year's Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs.
Uncaptured, second to Black Onyx in the Spiral Stakes, got ready for the 89th Blue Grass on Saturday with a five-furlong workout in 1:01 2/5. Trained by Mark Casse, the colt was ridden by Miguel Mena who has the mount next week.
"It was a good work. I wanted him to go in around 1:01 and that was a nice horse he was working with," Casse said. "He shut it down pretty quick after the work. A week before a race, I don't want a huge workout and a big gallop out.
"We know he likes Churchill Downs, so hopefully he runs well enough here to get us there," Casse said. "I thought his effort in the Spiral was tremendous."
Uncaptured, owned by John Oxley, also won the Iroquois Stakes last year at Churchill Downs.
Casse also had Blue Grass contender Dynamic Sky work five furlongs at Churchill Downs in 1:01 2/5 Saturday morning.
"Norman (Casse's son and assistant trainer) said Dynamic Sky went extremely well this morning," said the trainer. "He will come over to Keeneland maybe tomorrow and remain here and have some paddock schooling."
Dynamic Sky, winner of the Pasco Stakes and second in the Sam F. Davis, will have Joel Rosario again in the saddle next Saturday.
Palm Beach Stakes winner Rydilluc also worked out Saturday for the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Trained by Gary Contessa, the colt went seven furlongs in 1:28 2/5 and galloped out a mile in 1:43 2/5 with jockey Edgar Prado riding.
"He got a taste of two turns on the Polytrack," Contessa said. "That's what you want to see: a nice, steady work. You look at his works and you won't see any half-miles in 46 (seconds)."