Perfect Bull recorded his final official workout Sunday morning in preparation for the $400k Oklahoma Derby. The track was sloppy from overnight rains, causing trainer Bernell Rhone to proceed with caution. While the rider guided him through an easy (read sloooow) five furlong breeze, Perfect Bull finished the work impressively, getting the final quarter in :24 flat and his gallop-out was strong as usual. The colt will walk Monday, jog Tuesday, a long gallop on Wednesday, then alternating between jogs and gallops leading up to race day. The exercise regiment is intended to keep the big colt mellow and relaxed. With the upcoming race contested at nine furlongs (mile and one-eighth) it will test his ability to stay relaxed down the backstretch then demand the stamina to endure the drive through the homestretch.
The nominations for the Oklahoma Derby number 31 and include Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, yet that colt is pointed elsewhere while several other key contenders have recently run or are not expected to make the trip. As the entry for the race is Friday, the remaining connections have just a few short days to work it out.
Remington Park press release: Oklahoma Deby one week away, field taking shape.