|gradysfalcon ||04-21-2003 11:36 PM |
Atswhatimtalknbout Breezes A Mile
ATSWHATIMTALKNBOUT - B. Wayne Hughes and Biscuit Stables' Atswhatimtalknbout worked a mile in 1:41 2/5 after the renovation break over a track labeled fast with exercise rider Raul Vizcarrando up. Fractions for the work were :13 3/5, :26 2/5, :39 2/5, :52 1/5, 1:05, 1:17 2/5, 1:29 and 1:41 2/5. "I wanted him to go between 1:40 and 1:42," trainer Ron Ellis said. "With the rain (from Sunday night's thunderstorm) it is hard to tell if the track is fast or slow. He went 1:41 and 2 , which is right in that range, but he went the last half good. I had the first half in 52 and 49 and 2 the last half and I was looking for the last half to be better than the first. He galloped out in the same time (1:56 1/5) that Affirmed worked in (prior to the 1978 Derby)." Atswhatimtalknbout was outfitted in a shadow roll, but did not have the blinkers that he wore in his first work at Churchill Downs, a :49 3/5 half-mile move on April 16. "If the blinkers are going to help him, they will when he is in company," Ellis said. "He has a tendency to pay attention to other horses. I could tell the other day the way he worked that they are not going to help him at all when he is by himself. I like the way he went today better than the other day. "I think the other day, it was his first time in blinkers, and he was a little off. He was a lot more comfortable out there today." Atswhatimtalknbout will walk Tuesday and then return to the track Wednesday with paddock schooling sessions slated for Saturday and next Wednesday. Ellis said the colt's final Derby work would be early next week. "It will be something quicker, maybe six days or so," Ellis said. "He will go five-eighths and gallop out a good three-quarters in company. Wayne (owner B. Wayne Hughes) has some other horses with (trainer) Al Stall that we can use." Would Atswhatimtalknbout work in blinkers next week? "He might. I just want to see how he responds in them," Ellis said. "I don't know if David (Flores) will be here or not, but I have had a couple of jocks who have offered to work him, so I will probably let a jock work him the next time. But I probably will work with blinkers and then decide after that if I think they will help him. "I'm not 100 percent sold on the blinkers. If I do, maybe I will cut them back like they do over there," Ellis said, pointing to Barn 43 that houses Kentucky Derby favorite Empire Maker. "I didn't want to mess with them today, because I know what he will do without them. I did not want to be experimenting today. I won't put them on (in the Derby) unless I feel they will absolutely help him."