Monday, April 23, 2012
Borderland Derby winner Isn’t He Clever Transferred to Asmussen, Derby 138 Still Under Consideration
LOUISVILLE, KY (April 22, 2012) – Isn’t He Clever, winner of the Borderland Derby and eighth in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (Grade I) in his most recent start, has been transferred to trainer Steve Amussen, according to owner J. Kirk Robison, and a start in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) is still under consideration.
Isn’t He Clever had been under the care of Henry Dominguez. A 3-year-old gelded son of Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones, Isn’t He Clever arrived at Asmussen’s barn at Churchill Downs on April 17.
Robison said the Kentucky Derby is still under consideration for Isn’t He Clever, who with $191,333 in graded stakes earnings is number 21 on the most recent graded stakes earnings list. The graded stakes earnings list will likely determine the participants in the 138th running of the Run for the Roses.
“We’re evaluating our options,” Robison said. “The Derby is still under consideration, but I’ve always said I would never enter the Derby if I didn’t think the horse would be competitive. The horse will go out for some exercise this week, but won’t have a work till next weekend. The decision will be based on Steve’s opinion.”
Bred in Kentucky by Monticule, Isn’t He Clever has a career record of 4-2-0 from eight starts and earnings of $395,293. He was purchased for $45,000 at the 2010 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
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