Sunday, May 08 2016
Kentucky Derby Update: Sun 5/8
DERBY WINNER NYQUIST HEADING TO PIMLICO MONDAY
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 8, 2016)
– Trainer Doug O’Neill was at Barn 41 shortly after 5 a.m. to give a check on his Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist Sunday and the readout was a good one.
“He’s doing great,” O’Neill said. “He had his head out over the webbing, looking bright eyed. He ate it all up last night. Couldn’t be doing better. He’s just such a special horse.”
O’Neill had the horse jogged down the shedrow for a just-in-case look, but that turned out fine, too. By 6 o’clock the Uncle Mo colt had been walked, bathed and put back into his stall.
2016 KENTUCKY DERBY TRAINER QUOTES
Doug O’Neill, trainer of Nyquist (first) – “He’s a special, special horse. You can see it in his eye on a daily basis. He knows how to bring his ‘A’ game. If he was a human athlete, we’d celebrate him as a super star.”
Keith Desormeaux, trainer of Exaggerator (second) – “I didn’t think Exaggerator hit the brakes as much as Kent alluded to. He burst out of the turn, I thought we had time to catch Nyquist. He had clear running room the entire one-quarter mile stretch. I thought for sure we would catch him. He did kind of level off the last sixteenth of a mile. Maybe he ran out of the training. I didn’t see where Nyquist was during the race until after it was over and he was there right there on the pace. What a horse. I can’t respect that horse enough.”
2016 KENTUCKY DERBY JOCKEY QUOTES
Mario Gutierrez, rider of Nyquist (first) – “It’s unreal. No words can describe it.”
Kent Desormeaux, rider of Exaggerator (second) – “My horse slammed on the brakes at the 3 ½, ducked back to the inside and then took off. When you see the replay, it will be obvious. Before the race, my brother was really calm, calmer than any trainer I have ever ridden for. He just told me to have fun out there.”
Friday, April 29 2016
Kentucky Derby Update: Friday, April 29, 2016
KENTUCKY DERBY NOTES
BRODY’S CAUSE/CHERRY WINE – Albaugh Family Stable’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GI) winner Brody’s Cause galloped 1 ½ miles following the renovation break under exercise rider Miguel Garcia for trainer Dale Romans.
Also galloping the same distance after the break was William Pacella, Frank Jones Jr. and Frank Shoop’s Cherry Wine. Faustino Aguilar was aboard the son of Paddy O’Prado who stands 25th on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.
Romans said his Kentucky Derby hopefuls are possible to breeze Saturday morning.
KENTUCKY OAKS NOTES - Update: Friday, April 29, 2016
CARINA MIA – Three Chimneys Farm’s Carina Mia, 17th on the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard, galloped after the break under exercise rider Penny Gardiner.
DOTHRAKI QUEEN – Magdalena Racing’s Dothraki Queen, 16th on the Oaks leaderboard, worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 after the break under jockey Gary Stevens.
“She probably went in 1:01. She flew the last eighth,” Stevens said. “I had a test drive with her last week at Keeneland (in a work) and today she wanted to get down to business.”
Trained by Kenny McPeek, Dothraki Queen won the Pocahontas (GII) here in September. Should she not makes the Oaks field, the $150,000 Edgewood (GIII) presented by Forcht Bank run at 1 1/16 miles on the turf May 6 is considered her next option.
Wednesday, April 20 2016
MOHAYMEN FIRES BULLET
MO TOM, LANI WORK TOWARD DERBY 142
LOUISVILLE, KY (Wednesday, April 20, 2016)
– Shadwell Stable’s Mohaymen, who had his five-race unbeaten streak snapped in the Florida Derby (Grade I) in his most recent start, put in his first work at Churchill Downs Wednesday in preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and it was a bullet.
Sunday, May 03 2015
KENTUCKY DERBY’S TOP THREE HAVE PREAKNESS ON RADAR
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 3, 2015) – To set the stage for his press conference Sunday morning to reflect on this fourth victory, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert brought the star of the 141st Kentucky Derby -- American Pharoah -- out of the barn to pose for the cameras.
Bribing him with carrots, Baffert led the Zayat Stables colt to different parts of the circle of media and fans for photos and admiration. Several people reached out and petted the colt’s nose. After about 10 minutes of show, Baffert sent American Pharoah back to his stall and moved into the tell part of the program.
KENTUCKY DERBY JOCKEY QUOTES
Victor Espinoza, jockey of American Pharoah, winner – “I feel like the luckiest Mexican on Earth. He has been a special horse since the first time I rode him. He has a lot of talent and is an unbelievable horse. Turning for home I started riding a little harder. At the eighth pole, I just couldn’t put that other horse (Firing Line) away, but he got it done.”
KENTUCKY DERBY TRAINER QUOTES
Bob Baffert, trainer of American Pharoah, winner/Dortmund, third – “We were ready to rumble. Since their last works I was hearing how good they were and I was hoping it would come true. I felt very confident going in.”
Friday, May 01 2015
Breaking: Scratch #7 El Kabeir from Kentucky Derby
Trainer John Terranova has notified Kentucky Horse Racing Commission stewards that #7 El Kabeir has been scratched from Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Post position No. 1 will be left open (no horse) and all others will slide down with no gaps. Program numbers do not change.
Kentucky Derby 141 Update - 5/1
NO DEFECTIONS AT SCRATCH TIME FOR KENTUCKY DERBY 141;
EL KABEIR MISSES MORNING GALLOP
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 1, 2015) – Scratch time for the 141st Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) passed at 9 a.m. Friday with no further defections from Saturday’s field thus leaving Charles Fipke’s Tale of Verve on the outside looking in.
However, Zayat Stables’ El Kabeir’s status for Saturday’s race became clouded Friday morning when he took “a few cautious steps” that caused the cancellation of a morning gallop at Churchill Downs.
Wednesday, April 29 2015
Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw Quotes
KENTUCKY DERBY 141 POST POSITION DRAW QUOTES
Ocho Ocho Ocho (Post position 1, morning line 50-1) – Jim Cassidy (trainer) – “It is what it is. It’s a tough spot but what are you going to do? My plan, to be honest with you, is still to take hold and sit in the second flight. I’ve got to think Carpe Diem and a couple of those others are going to go but I don’t want to go with them, or sit behind. That’s what I’m going to talk to Elvis [Trujillo] about.”