When Battle of Hastings captured Colonial's "twin turf" last summer, he arrived on the backstretch early in the week. He could be seen with trainer assistant Ral Ayers taking morning strolls to and from the track.
Saturday, Ramon Dominquez gets the call for the first time aboard Battle of Hastings (5-1) in the $500,000 Woodford Reserve on the turf, the race run prior to the Kentucky Derby. Virginia Derby alumni Al Khali, Court Vision and Yate's Black Cat are also in the Woodford starting gate.
On the Oaks Day card Strike The Tiger, winner of the 2009 Chenery Stakes at Colonial Downs, got tested in a speed exchange with Lost Aptitude setting the table for Double's Partner to take the $175,000 American Turf (G2) at Churchill Downs.