Dash for Dotty, the unheralded -- and perhaps only -- Maryland-based Kentucky Derby candidate, worked out in virtual seclusion yesterday morning at Pimlico Race Course.
But he was impressive.
Only a handful of Pimlico regulars were there at 8:30 a.m. to witness the gelding's six-furlong move, which he accomplished in 1 minute, 12 3/5 seconds.
"This is the best this horse has ever worked," his trainer Bill Donovan said afterward. "He worked as good as any horse I've ever had, and that includes Lost Code [which earned $2 million]. Lost Code might have worked faster, but never this easy."
Dash For Dotty will ship out Saturday with his Baltimore groom, Jeff Warehime, for Lexington, Ky., and will make his next start in the $350,000 Blue Grass Stakes April 11 at Keeneland Race Course.
The horse is owned by Baltimore businessman Henry Rosenberg.
In the Blue Grass, Dash For Dotty is expected to face Kentucky Derby contenders Dance Floor and Pistols And Roses, recent second- and third-place finishers, respectively, in the Florida Derby.
Craig Perret, the colt's regular jockey, is expected to ride him in the Blue Grass, Donovan said. Perret is also the rider of major Kentucky Derby contender Alydeed, who goes Sunday in the What A Pleasure Stakes at Calder Race Course.
Local jockey Tommy Turner was on Dash For Dotty yesterday. "All I did was take a cross [on the reins], chirped to him in the stretch, but never hit him," Turner said.
The horse's fractions for each eighth of a mile were 12 2/5 seconds, 24 2/5, 36 2/5, 48, 1:00 2/5 and 1:12 3/5. He finished the last eighth in 12 1/5 seconds.
Three other locally based Triple Crown hopefuls start Saturday in the $100,000 Cherry Hill Mile at Garden State Park.
They are America The Free, trained at Laurel by Carlos Gracia; Surely Six, trained by Maryland-based Ben Perkins Jr.; and Coin Collector, who is trained at Charles Town by his owner, John Casey.