Tuesday, May 08 2012
Kentucky Derby 138 Barn Notes (Monday,May 7, 2012)
I’LL HAVE ANOTHER – Reddam Racing LLC’s I’ll Have Another, winner of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), departed Churchill Downs Monday afternoon on a journey to Baltimore’s Pimlico Course for the May 19 Preakness Stakes (GI), the second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown.
The 3-year-old son of Flower Alley was led from his stall by groom Benjamin Perez and stepped onto the van at 1:19 p.m. (EDT) for the brief trip to Louisville International Airport, where he caught his flight to Baltimore.
Monday, May 07 2012
Kentucky Derby 138 Barn Notes (5.6.2012)
I’LL HAVE ANOTHER (Winner) – “The highest of the highs,” trainer Doug O’Neill said Sunday morning of the emotions that winning Kentucky Derby 138 brought.
The colt, owned by J. Paul Reddam’s Reddam Racing LLC, looked the picture of health as he exited Stall 17 in Barn 3 to get his legs washed off at 6:20 Sunday morning.
Sunday, May 06 2012
Kentucky Derby 138 Establishes Across-the-Board Records
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 5, 2012) – It was a record-breaking 138th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands as a crowd of 165,307, the largest in history, gathered on a beautiful day at Churchill Downs Racetrack to watch Reddam Racing LLC’s California-based I’ll Have Another rally to defeat favored Bodemeister and win the roses that go to the winner of America’s greatest race.
The on-track attendance erased the previous record of 164,858 that was established just last year. The record attendance prior to 2011 was the crowd of 163,628 who gathered for the 100th Kentucky Derby in 1974. The attendance mark set the tone for a Kentucky Derby Day that concluded with record totals for wagering for both the Kentucky Derby race and the entire 13-race card race card.
Kentucky Derby 138 Losing Trainer Quotes
BOB BAFFERT (Bodemeister, second) – “He was doing it easily. He was within himself. He was being pressed, but he’s a brilliant horse. That’s the way he wanted to run. We talked about it before. I told Mike (Smith), ‘Look, if he breaks great and feels like running, we can win it.’
“He ran his race. He was there and he just got tired a little bit. He’s only run four times. I was really proud of him. He’s a super impressive horse.
Kentucky Derby 138 Post-Race Winner’s News Conference Transcript
THE MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, jockey Mario Gutierrez, also the owner J. Paul Reddam, and trainer Doug O'Neill.
We'll ask a couple of questions, then open it up. Gentlemen, let's get started. Doug O'Neill, let's get started with you. You've been here a couple of times before; had some success at Churchill Downs. I remember your owners that day had a shirt on that read, Getting lucky in Kentucky.
Great Attack Late to Win Twin Spires Turf Sprint
LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 5, 2012) – Houyhnhnm Stable’s Great Attack surged past favored Bridgetown in deep stretch to win the 18th running of the $150,350 Twin Spires Turf Sprint Presented by GE Appliances (Grade III) by a three-quarters of a length, the first of six stakes on the Kentucky Derby Day card.
Trained by Wesley Ward and ridden by Joel Rosario, Great Attack had finished fourth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (GII) here in his lone previous try over the Matt Winn Turf Course.
Friday, May 04 2012
Kentucky Derby 138 Barn Notes (5.3.2012)
ALPHA – Godolphin Stable’s Bernardini colt Alpha, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, went to the track Thursday morning for what is a routine piece of exercise under rider Rob Massey.
“We did the same thing we have been doing, back up to the sixteenth pole and gallop about a mile and three-eighths,” McLaughlin said. “He’s doing great, continues to train well and ate up well. Everything is going great.”
Thursday, May 03 2012
Kentucky Derby 138 Barn Notes (5.2.2012)
ALPHA – Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin confirmed that Godolphin Stable’s Alpha will be ridden by jockey Rajiv Maragh in the Kentucky Derby. Maragh was aboard for the Bernardini colt’s sharp work (:59.40 for five furlongs) at Belmont Park on Saturday.
McLaughlin said that Alpha schooled in the gate before galloping about 1 ½ miles Wednesday morning. Alpha acted up in the gate before the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) at Churchill Downs in November, but has been fine in each of his three starts in 2012.
Kentucky Oaks 138 Barn Noes 5.2.2012)
AMIE’S DINI – Co-owner Mike Walker said the Fantasy Stakes (GII) runner-up Amie’s Dini had an easy jog this morning after the renovation break and will school in the paddock during Thursday’s program at Churchill Downs. The $3,000 sales purchase drew post 13 of 14 for the Oaks.
“We would have loved to have been somewhere four through 10,” Walker said. “But she breaks so good it’s not an issue with a long run into the first turn. I really didn’t want to be in gates one through three and fear being shuffled back to the rear if you don’t break. But she’s out-broken the field in just about every race she’s run in seven starts so far, so don’t be surprised if you hear her name called first.”
Bodemeister, Union Rags Vie for Favoritism in Balanced Field for Saturday’s 138th Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, KY (Wednesday, May 2, 2012) – Zayat Stables LLC and Southern Equine Stables’ Bodemeister, the smashing 9 ½-length winner of the Arkansas Derby (Grade I) in his most recent start, and Chadds Ford Stable’s Union Rags, winner of the Champagne (GI) and two other graded stakes, head an overflow field of 21 entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 138th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI).
With 20 starters, the purse for the Kentucky Derby will be $2,219,600 with $1,459,600 going to the winner. The Kentucky Derby will be carried by NBC Sports with a three-hour telecast from 4-7 p.m. (all times Eastern).
Kentucky Derby 138 Undercard Stakes Advance (5.2.2012)
LOUISVILLE, KY (Wednesday, May 2, 2012) – Defending Grade I Derby Day winners from 2011, Get Stormy and Sassy Image, plus the 1-2 finishers from last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (GI), Musical Romance and Switch, top the list of marquee names that will be featured Saturday in races leading up to the 138th running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI).
Saturday’s 13-race program begins at 10:30 a.m. (all times Eastern) with the Kentucky Derby going as the 11th race of the day with a 6:24 p.m. post time. Prior to the Kentucky Derby, five graded stakes will be contested.
Wednesday, May 02 2012
Kentucky Derby 138 Barn Notes (5.1.2012)
ALPHA – Godolphin Stable’s Alpha visited the track at Churchill Downs for the first time this year on Tuesday morning when he galloped approximately 1 3/8 miles under exercise rider Rob Massey.
The Wood Memorial runner-up trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, was one of the later arrivals for the 138th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). He stayed at McLaughlin’s home base at Belmont Park until Monday afternoon, when he was flown to Louisville. The colt arrived at Churchill Downs at 6:15 p.m.