Outta Here Works at Hollywood, Ships Sunday
Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2003 5:56 PM
Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2003 5:56 PM
Kentucky Derby candidate Outta Here was put through his final major Run for the Roses preparation at Hollywood Park on Thursday, working five furlongs in :59 4/5 handily over a fast main track. The move was the second fastest of the 29 clocked at the distance.
According to co-owner/trainer Bill Currin, the chestnut son of Dehere will ship to Kentucky on Sunday morning. The trainer will join his charge in Louisville a day later.
"I did the right thing for my horse (shipping later than the rest of his California-based rivals)," Currin said. "I avoided all the bad weather by staying here in sunny California. He'll gallop at Churchill Downs on Monday and do a little something next week before the race."
Outta Here finished fourth, beaten 5 ½ lengths in the UAE Derby (gr. II) in his last start on March 29, an effort that prompted Currin to run the colt in the Kentucky Derby. Despite the long trip to the Middle East, Outta Here came back in top shape and is ready for the 1 ¼-mile Derby distance, according to Currin.
"Originally I was planning on pointing toward the Belmont," Currin said. "But (Outta Here) had a really troubled trip in Dubai. Both he and Innamorato (third in the UAE Derby) had serious trouble. The post position (one) killed us and he was pressed all the way, never being allowed to run his race. Because he came out of the race so well, I decided he deserved to be in the Derby."
Outta Here won last year's $500,000 Delta Jackpot Stakes at Delta Downs and also owns placings in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III), Generous Stakes (gr. III) and Best Pal Stakes (gr. III). Overall he's earned $504,260 – of which $163,660 came in graded events – from a career line of 8-2-2-2.
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