Chitu and Bayern, two possible starters in the Kentucky Derby for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, breezed a half-mile at Churchill Downs April 21 as they continue preparations for the May 3 classic.
With jockey Joel Rosario aboard, Chitu started the work three-quarters of a length in front of his stablemate who had Rosie Napravnik in the saddle. According to Churchill clockers, the pair went four furlongs in :47 ⅗ seconds. The pair had fractional splits of :12 seconds, :23 ⅘ seconds, and :35 ⅗ seconds for three-eighths of a mile. Bayern then galloped out five furlongs in 1:00 ⅕ and six furlongs in 1:13 ⅖. Chitu had a gallop-out time of 1:01 for five furlongs.
Tanma Corporation's Chitu, a son of Henny Hughes--Sea Gift, by A.P. Indy, purchased for $300,000 at the 2013 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March 2-year-olds in training sale, is 12th on the Derby points list with 54. In his only loss in four starts, Chitu was a game second to Derby possible Candy Boy in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes before winning the Sunland Derby in his most recent start.
Bayern, a 3-year-old colt by Offlee Wild -- Alittlebitearly, by Thunder Gulch, ranks 24th on the Derby Points list with 20 and would need several defections for him to draw into the 20-horse limit Derby field. The Kaleem Shah-owned colt who was purchased for $320,000 at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training finished third in the Arkansas Derby.