Saturday, April 21 2012

NYRA NOTES: Friday, April 20, 2012

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – It’s been a somewhat eventful road to the Kentucky Derby for Resorts World Casino New York City Wood Memorial runner-up Alpha. First there was the matter of his final prep race – before deciding on the Grade 1 Wood, Alpha’s connections seriously considered both the Florida Derby and the Louisiana Derby.

Alpha exited a gallant neck loss to undefeated Gemologist in the Wood with a laceration on his left foreleg incurred when he was forced to steady in the first turn. Originally scheduled to leave for Kentucky on April 16 by van, Alpha was sidelined for several days after the cuts became infected and his departure was delayed as a result. Now, Godolphin Racing plans to fly Alpha to Louisville on April 30, with his final serious work for the Derby expected to come at Belmont Park.

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