Wednesday, April 27, 2011
KENTUCKY DERBY 137 BARN NOTES Wednesday, April 27, 2011
ANIMAL KINGDOM – Barry Irwin, chief executive officer of Team Valor International, notified Churchill Downs officials that Animal Kingdom, the 2 ¾-length winner of the Vinery Racing Spiral (GIII) at Turfway Park on March 26, would train at Keeneland on Thursday morning and then van to Churchill Downs that afternoon.
Trained by Graham Motion and to be ridden by Robby Albarado, Animal Kingdom is scheduled to breeze six furlongs on Saturday in company with Meistersinger according to Irwin.
Trainer Jinks Fires sent another 3-year-old named Supreme Ruler with his Arkansas Derby (GI) winner and the duo galloped once around at a two-minute lick.
“It is a training technique to get them in the bridle,” Fires said. “It gets them competitive training together.”
Fires plans to run Supreme Ruler in a Derby Week allowance race.
“He is a pretty good horse,” Fires said. “I sent him to New Mexico (for the Sunland Derby that was won by Twice the Appeal). He makes his big run at the end and that day in the races I saw, there were no closers closing that day. Where they were at the head of the stretch is where they finished.”
Fires plans to work Archarcharch work five furlongs prior to the Derby.
“I will work him when the track is suitable,” Fires said. “I probably should have worked him yesterday. I thought the track was a little hard early in the morning, but better after the break. But he just ran a mile and an eighth last Saturday and he is where he needs to be.”
DECISIVE MOMENT – Just for Fun Stable’s Decisive Moment walked the shedrow at Barn 41 as trainer Juan Arias elected not to take the homebred son of With Distinction out of the barn.
“His work is pushed back to Friday,” Arias said. “He will go to the track in the morning, but just to gallop.”
MIDNIGHT INTERLUDE – Arnold Zetcher’s homebred Midnight Interlude, winner of the Santa Anita Derby (GI), walked under the shedrow for three-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert on Wednesday.
Midnight Interlude worked six furlongs in 1:13.80 on Tuesday in company with older stablemate Mythical Power in 1:13.80. Assistant trainer Jim Barnes said the War Chant colt came out of the work well.
MUCHO MACHO MAN – Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team One Racing Stable’s Mucho Macho Man galloped two miles before the renovation break under exercise rider Mike Herra.
“I didn’t want to wait and take a chance of it being worse later,” trainer Kathy Ritvo said after Mucho Macho Man returned to the barn and 90 minutes before the rain subsided for the morning.
Mucho Macho Man is scheduled to work most likely on Sunday.
NEHRO – Zayat Stables’ Nehro, runner-up in the Arkansas Derby (GI) and Louisiana Derby (GII) for trainer Steve Asmussen, galloped a mile under exercise rider Carlos Rosas on Wednesday.
It was the first trip to the track for the son of Mineshaft since a five-furlong work in 1:02.80 over a sloppy track on Monday. Assistant trainer Scott Blasi said Nehro came out of the work well.
The final pre-Derby work for Nehro is expected on Monday.
PANTS ON FIRE – George and Lori Hall’s Louisiana Derby (GII) winner Pants On Fire galloped a little more than a mile and a half.
Trainer Kelly Breen, whose first Kentucky Derby experience came in 2009 when he saddled West Side Bernie and Atomic Rain for the Halls, plans to work Pants On Fire on Saturday or Sunday.
Rosie Napravnik, seeking to become the first woman rider to win the Kentucky Derby, has the mount on Pants On Fire.
SANTIVA – Tom Walters’ Santiva walked the shedrow at Barn 31 a day after working a half-mile in :49.20 for trainer Eddie Kenneally.
Santiva will return to the track Thursday and have his final work for the Derby early next week.
SHACKLEFORD – Michael Lauffer and W.D. Cubbedge’s Shackleford galloped a mile and a half after the renovation break under Faustino Ramos.
Shackleford, trained by Dale Romans, is scheduled to work Saturday.
STAY THIRSTY/UNCLE MO – Trainer Todd Pletcher reported all was well with the Repole Stable’s Uncle Mo a day after the colt worked five furlongs in 1:01.80.
“So far, everything is good,” Pletcher said of the 2-year-old champion of 2010 who walked the shedrow Wednesday morning.
Uncle Mo is scheduled to return to the track Thursday morning.
His stablemate, Stay Thirsty, galloped a mile and three-eighths after the renovation break under exercise rider Fernando Espinoza.
Stay Thirsty is scheduled to work Sunday with Uncle Mo scheduled for Sunday or Monday.
TWICE THE APPEAL/SWAY AWAY – Jerry Hissam, agent for three-time Kentucky Derby-winning rider Calvin Borel, said Wednesday afternoon that Borel has picked up the Kentucky Derby mount on Sunland Derby (GIII) winner Twice the Appeal.
Borel, who has won the past two runnings of the Kentucky Derby on Mine That Bird and Super Saver, is one of five riders to win the Derby in consecutive years. No rider has won three consecutive Kentucky Derbys.
In accepting the ride on Twice the Appeal, Borel will again seek success in the Kentucky Derby aboard a horse whose road to Churchill Downs wound through New Mexico and Sunland Park. Mine That Bird finished
fourth in the 1 1/8-mile Sunland Derby to his 2009 Kentucky Derby triumph under Borel at odds of 50-1, the second-largest upset in Kentucky Derby history.
Owned by Edward Brown Jr., Victor Flores and Henry Hernandez, and trained by Jeff Bonde, Twice the Appeal jogged two miles before the renovation break in a steady downpour under exercise rider Nate Quinonez.
Bonde’s other Kentucky Derby hopeful, Batman Stable, Philip Lebherz, Cindy Olsen, Janet Sharp and Glen Wallace et al’s Sway Away jogged with the pony in the mile chute under Quinonez.
TWINSPIRED – Alpha Stables, Skychai Racing and Sand Dollar Stable’s Twinspired galloped a mile and a half under Derrick Smith at Trackside Training Center for trainer Mike Maker.
Runner-up in the Toyota Blue Grass (GI) in his most recent start, Twinspired will be ridden in Derby 137 by Mike Smith, who won the 2005 Derby on Giacomo.
Maker also said that Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Derby Kitten, winner of last Saturday’s Coolmore Lexington (GIII) at Keeneland, would train up to the Derby should he get in. With $120,000 in graded stakes earnings, Derby Kitten would need several defections from horses under consideration for the Derby that is limited to 20 entries with the most graded earnings.
WATCH ME GO – Gilbert Campbell’s Watch Me Go arrived at Churchill Downs early Tuesday afternoon and spent Wednesday morning in Barn 41.
“He will not go to the track until Friday,” said Lucy Pompell, groom of Watch Me Go. “He is scheduled to work Saturday or Sunday.”
Pompell said that trainer Kathleen O’Connell is scheduled to arrive in Louisville Friday night.
Luis Garcia has the Derby mount on Watch Me Go.
KENTUCKY OAKS 137 BARN NOTES
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
* MENA PICKS UP KENTUCKY OAKS MOUNT ON SUAVE VOIR FAIRE
* HER SMILE JOINS KENTUCKY OAKS PICTURE FOR FLAY, PLETCHER
* ST. JOHN’S RIVER TO WORK THURSDAY WITH NAPRAVNIK UP
* PLETCHER, BAFFERT, MOTION EYE RARE OAKS-DERBY DOUBLE
ARIENZA – Robert and Lawana Low’s Fantasy (GII) runner-up Arienza visited the starting gate and then galloped Wednesday morning under exercise rider Eva Jansson.
Trainer Danny Peitz has a Friday work scheduled for Arienza in what would be her second breeze at Churchill Downs following the Fantasy.
BOUQUET BOOTH/STREET STORM – Right Time Racing’s Bouquet Booth and Street Storm both galloped after the renovation break with Jose Castanon on Bouquet Booth and Williams Cano on Street Storm.
“I am going to work Street Storm five-eighths rain or shine tomorrow with Robby (Albarado),” trainer Steve Margolis said. “There is probably no way they will work on the turf tomorrow.”
Margolis said an Oaks run by Street Storm has not been officially ruled out.
“The partners (in Right Time Racing) are still deciding in case something happens,” Margolis said. “More than likely she will run in the Edgewood (Presented by Kentucky National Insurance on May 6).”
Bouquet Booth is scheduled to work five furlongs on Friday with Albarado up.
DAISY DEVINE – James Miller’s Daisy Devine walked the shedrow a day after working a bullet five furlongs in :59.60.
“She is fine this morning and will go back to the track in the morning,” said Ronald Clark, assistant to trainer Andrew McKeever.
DELIGHTFUL MARY – John Oxley’s Delightful Mary was one of the first horses on the track on a rainy Wednesday morning, galloping a mile and a half under exercise rider Melanie Giddings.
Trained by Mark Casse, Delightful Mary is scheduled to work Friday.
HOLY HEAVENS – K.K. and Vilasini Jayaraman’s Holy Heavens walked the shedrow at Barn 43 after working five furlongs in 1:03.60 under jockey Kent Desormeaux.
“She came out of the work fine,” trainer Benard Chatters said. “She will go back to the track in the morning.”
JOYFUL VICTORY – Fox Hill Farms’ Joyful Victory galloped a mile and quarter after the renovation break under exercise rider Robert Cline.
Trained by Larry Jones, Joyful Victory is scheduled to have her final work for the Oaks on Sunday.
KATHMANBLU – Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stables’ Kathmanblu galloped a mile and a half under exercise rider Will Aldana before the renovation break.
Trained by Ken McPeek, Kathmanblu is scheduled to work Saturday.
LILACS AND LACE – James Covello, Judy Hicks and Kathryn Nikkel’s Lilacs and Lace galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Eliel DeJesus.
Reynaldo Abreu, assistant to trainer John Terranova, said the winner of the Central Bank Ashland (GI) in her most recent start, would work during a Friday-Sunday window depending on weather. Terranova is
scheduled to be here Friday.
PLUM PRETTY – Peachtree Stable’s Plum Pretty, winner of the Sunland Oaks by 25 lengths for trainer Bob Baffert, walked under the shedrow on the morning after her seven-furlong workout on Tuesday.
She covered the distance over a good track under jockey Martin Garcia in 1:28.40.
Assistant trainer Jim Barnes said Plum Pretty was well on the morning after the work.
HER SMILE/R HEAT LIGHTNING – The E. Paul Robsham Stables’ R Heat Lightning jogged after the renovation break under exercise rider Hector Ramos.
The two-time Grade II winner this year at Gulfstream Park, R Heat Lightning is scheduled to have her final work for the Oaks on Saturday. John Velazquez has the Oaks mount.
Pletcher has picked up a second Kentucky Oaks hopeful in Her Smile, a recent purchase by celebrity chef Bobby Flay who is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Thursday.
The daughter of Include finished second to Hot Summer in the recent Comely (GIII) at Aqueduct and won the Donna Freyer Stakes at Philadelphia’s Parx Racing. She has a record of 3-2-1 in seven races and earnings of $126,360. She has $30,000 in graded stakes earnings.
Pletcher has won the Oaks twice with Ashado in 2004 and Rags To Riches in 2007.
R Heat Lightning could kick off a big weekend for trainer Todd Pletcher, who also will send out Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty the following day in Kentucky Derby 137.
Only two trainers have won the Oaks and Derby in the same year in the history of the races that date back to 1875. H.J. “Dick” Thompson won the 1933 Oaks with Barn Swallow and the 1933 Derby with Brokers Tip.
Ben Jones accomplished the feat twice: in 1949 with Wistful and Ponder and in 1952 with Real Delight and Hill Gail.
Bob Baffert and Graham Motion are the only trainers other than Pletcher to have a shot at the double this year. Baffert, who won the Oaks in 1999 with Silverbulletday will send out Plum Pretty in the Oaks and Midnight Interlude in the Derby. Motion, seeking his initial victory in either race, has Animal Kingdom and Toby’s Corner for the Derby and Summer Soiree for the Oaks.
ST. JOHN’S RIVER – Dede McGehee’s St. John’s River, a fast-closing second in her most recent start in the March 26 Fair Grounds Oaks (GII), galloped a mile and seven-eighths after the renovation break under Robert Wright.
Trained by Andy Leggio, St. John’s River is scheduled to work Thursday at 8:30 with jockey Rosie Napravnik up.
SUAVE VOIR FAIRE – Fleur De Lis Racing’s Suave Voir Faire galloped on the indoor Polytrack arena at the Highpointe Training Center under exercise rider Frederick Carmouche.
“The arena is right next to our barn and she didn’t even have to get wet,” trainer Speedy Smithwick said. Smithwick plans to work Suave Voir Faire at Highpointe on Friday.
Smithwick said that Miguel Mena would have the mount on Suave Voir Faire in the Oaks.
“He’s a good young jock and he has done well for me in the past,” Smithwick said.
Mena never has ridden Suave Voir Faire, who comes into the Oaks off a third-place finish in the Bourbonette Oaks (GIII) at Turfway Park on March 26.
SUMMER SOIREE – Barry Irwin, chief executive officer of Team Valor International, notified Churchill Downs officials that Summer Soiree, the 10 ¾-length winner of the Bourbonette Oaks (GIII) at Turfway Park on March 26, would train at Keeneland on Thursday morning and then van to Churchill Downs that afternoon.
Trained by Graham Motion and ridden by Gabriel Saez, Summer Soiree is scheduled to breeze a half-mile on Saturday or Sunday according to Irwin.
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