Sunday, May 08 2011
Derby 137 Winner’s Press Conference Transcript
THE MODERATOR: Thank you for joining us. We have the connections of the Kentucky Derby winner, Team Valor International's Animal Kingdom. We have the winning connections including the chief executive officer of Team Valor International and the founder of that organization, that's Barry Irwin. Just to his right is Graham Motion, now a Kentucky Derby winning trainer, and after a incredible turn of events in the last 24 hours, John Velazquez is a Kentucky Derby winning jockey and our connections are here to celebrate with us.
You truly have an international organization. You came excruciatingly close to winning this race in 1997, and just give us what's running through your mind right now accomplishing this goal.
KENTUCKY DERBY 137 LOSING JOCKEY QUOTES
COREY NAKATANI (Nehro, second) – “Overall the trip was pretty darn good. We were in a predicament where I didn't think the pace scenario was as fast as what I needed to be able to get him into a high cruising speed.
“I've got to thank (trainer) Steve (Asmussen) and (assistant) Scott Blasi. They got this horse here and it's a pretty tough campaign just getting here, to have enough graded earnings. For him to run this big in this race is impressive."
REGALLY READY NIPS BRIDGETOWN TO WIN TWIN SPIRES TURF SPRINT
LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 7, 2011) – Vinery Stables’ Regally Ready caught Bridgetown in deep stretch and then pulled away to a 1 ¼-length victory in the 17th running of the $111,200 Twin Spires Turf Sprint Presented by GE Appliances & Lighting (GIII) on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Given a ground-saving ride by Corey Nakatani, Regally Ready covered the five furlongs on a firm Matt Winn Turf Course in :56.57.
KENTUCKY OAKS 137 BARN NOTES Saturday, May 7, 2011
PLUM PRETTY – Assistant trainer Jim Barnes reported that Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty came back “super good” from her impressive score in Friday’s $1 million Kentucky Oaks. The Medaglia d’Oro filly got a perfect trip for rider Martin Garcia, fired well clear at the head of the lane, then had enough in the tank to hold off the fast-closing St. John’s River by a neck.
Future plans for Plum Pretty – who picked up a first prize of $570,400 after covering nine furlongs in 1:49.50 – had yet to be made.
Saturday, May 07 2011
PLUM PRETTY HOLDS OFF ST. JOHN’S RIVER TO WIN 137th AND RICHEST RUNNING OF THE $1 MILLION KENTUCKY
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, May 6, 2011) – Peachtree Stable’s Plum Pretty, ridden by Martin Garcia, took command in the middle of the far turn and then held off a late charge along the rail from St. John’s River to win the 137th running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) by a neck before the third-largest Oaks Day crowd of 110,122 on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Plum Pretty, who entered the Oaks off a 25-length victory in the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks on March 27, is trained by Bob Baffert, who also won the Oaks in 1999 with Silverbulletday.
BANNED ROMPS TO AMERICAN TURF VICTORY
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, May 6, 2011) – Glen Hill Farm’s Banned exploded from far off the pace to win the 20th running of the $237,400 American Turf Presented by Ram (GII) for 3-year-olds by 4 1/2 lengths over Close Ally on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Tom Proctor and ridden by Garrett Gomez, Banned was making his return to Churchill Downs after running fifth in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (GII).
VICTORIA’S WILDCAT RALLIES TO WIN EIGHT BELLES
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, May 6, 2011) – Bob and Victoria Bayer and Jonathan Metcalf’s Victoria’s Wildcat ran down dueling leaders Home Sweet Aspen and Honey Chile in the final 100 yards to win the 56th running of the $118,800 Eight Belles Presented by ACS, a Xerox Company (GIII) for 3-year-old fillies by 2 ¼ lengths on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
The Eight Belles was the debut in stakes competition for Victoria’s Wildcat, who won for the second time in three races at Churchill Downs.
FIRST DUDE NAILS REGAL RANSOM AT THE WIRE TO WIN ALYSHEBA
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, May 6, 2011) – Donald Dizney’s First Dude caught Regal Ransom in the final jump to win the eighth running of the $358,500 Alysheba Presented by Besilu Stables (GIII) for 3-year-olds and up by a nose on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Martin Garcia, First Dude is a 4-year-old homebred son of Stephen Got Even out of the Smart Strike mare Run Sarah Run. First Dude ran the mile and a sixteenth on a fast main track in 1:42.56.
DIVA ASH GRABS EARLY LEAD AND CRUISES TO WIN EDGEWOOD
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, May 6, 2011) – Zayat Stables’ Diva Ash took the lead going into the first turn and never trailed again to win the 26th running of the $113,800 Edgewood Presented by Kentucky National Insurance for 3-year-old fillies by 1 ½ lengths over Sassy’s Dream on Friday, Kentucky Oaks Day, at Churchill Downs.
Diva Ash gave jockey Kent Desormeaux his second Edgewood victory and the first for Louisville-born trainer Dale Romans.
2010 KENTUCKY OAKS WINNER BLIND LUCK RUNS DOWN BREEDER’ CUP LADIES’ CLASSIC WINNER UNRIVALED BEL
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, May 6, 2011) – Mark DeDomenico, John Carver, Peter Abruzzo and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s Blind Luck returned to the scene of her victory in last year’s Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) and collared Unrivaled Belle in the final 50 yards to win the 26th running of the $333,900 La Troienne Presented by Blackberry/RIM (GII) for fillies and mares by a half-length on Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs.
Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Blind Luck turned the tables on Unrivaled Belle who had beaten her in last November’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (GI) under the Twin Spires. Blind Luck covered the mile and a sixteenth on a fast main track in 1:42.93.
KENTUCKY DERBY 137 BARN NOTES Friday, May 6, 2011
ANIMAL KINGDOM – Team Valor International’s Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (GIII) winner Animal Kingdom will be ridden by John Velazquez in Kentucky Derby 137. Velazquez was named to replace Robby Albarado, who suffered facial injuries in a paddock accident on Wednesday.
“We decided last night that if Robby rode today, we would stick with him,” said Barry Irwin, chief executive officer of Team Valor International. “But if he was not able to ride today, we didn't feel comfortable riding him on Saturday. We made the decision this morning, before the betting opened, so the 'punters' would have full knowledge of what the deal was."
Friday, May 06 2011
KENTUCKY DERBY 137 BARN NOTES Thursday, May 5, 2011
ANIMAL KINGDOM – Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom stood in the starting gate and galloped a mile and three quarters Thursday morning over a fast track at Churchill Downs.
“It was pretty uneventful,” trainer Graham Motion said with a smile.