Originally created 04/28/04

Frankel happy with Master David's workout

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- This time, trainer Bobby Frankel is enjoying Derby Week.

Everything has gone smoothly for Frankel's Master David leading to Saturday's 130th Kentucky Derby. The Wood Memorial runner-up had his final workout Tuesday, and the drill left Frankel smiling.

Working with a stablemate, Master David went five furlongs in 1:00.80 with exercise rider Joe Deegan aboard.

"Maybe I can get a little excited now," Frankel said. "Everything has gone perfectly, unlike last year."

In 2003, the trainer was on edge while Empire Maker battled a bruised right front foot and acted erratically in a gallop the day before the Derby. Empire Maker finished second to Funny Cide.

On Tuesday, Master David left the barn shortly after 8 a.m., because Frankel wanted the horse to work out after the racing strip was smoothed. The colt waited calmly on the path leading to the racetrack while tractors finished the job.

"He seems more relaxed on this track," Frankel said. "He finished really good in the work, which he usually doesn't do. He finished strong."

Minister Eric, another Derby contender, headed to the track shortly after Master David on a clear morning at Churchill Downs.

Minister Eric, the second-place finisher in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last fall, went four furlongs in 49:80 with Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day.

"He got over the ground well and his attitude's good," Day said. "He's certainly full of himself, and it's a wide-open race. I like his chances."

Day is seeking his second Derby victory. He won with Lil E. Tee in 1992.

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