Daily Derby Notes: May 5
Updated: Wednesday, May 7, 2008 2:16 PM
Posted: Monday, May 5, 2008 5:05 PM
– Michelle Nevin, assistant to trainer Rick Dutrow, reported all was well Monday morning at Churchill Downs with the winner of Saturday’s 134th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.
Dutrow, who has been under the weather, took the morning off and is expected to be back at the track Tuesday morning.
Owned by IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr., Big Brown is not scheduled to return to the track until Wednesday morning.
– As of noon Monday, no decision had been made on whether Recapturetheglory would run in the May 17 Preakness Stakes (Grade I) on choose another spot.
“Louie (Roussel) and Ronnie (Lamarque) are still talking about it,” said Lara Van Deren, assistant to Roussel who also serves the Recapturetheglory’s exercise rider. “They want to see how many horses are likely to be in there before they make a decision.”
Roussel left Louisville on Sunday afternoon for New Orleans.
– Robert LaPenta’s Stevil, fourth in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GI) in his most recent start on April 12 at Keeneland, worked a half-mile in :48.60 after the renovation break over a fast track under Megan Smillie.
The move was the eighth-fastest of 40 at the distance on a sun-splashed morning and drew a nod of approval from trainer Nick Zito, who saddled Louis Quatorze to victory in the 1996 Preakness.
“He worked good and he has done well here since the Blue Grass,” Zito said. “He will work here again next week and then we will ship to Baltimore.”
Stevil, a Kentucky-bred son of Maria’s Mon, has compiled a record of 6-1-1-1 with earnings of $95,685. The lone win came at first asking and in all of his starts he has been competitive.
“He’s a very consistent horse and he has never run a bad race,” Zito said. “In the Louisiana Derby (GII) when he ran fifth, he drew the one hole and then Pyro beat him to a spot.”
– Beau Greely, John Greely IV and Phil Houchens’ Tres Borrachos galloped a mile and three-quarters at Churchill Downs after the renovation break under Andy Durnin.
Trainer Beau Greely is expected to arrive in Louisville from his Southern California base on Tuesday to supervise a Wednesday work. Tyler Baze has the riding assignment for the Preakness.
Durnin galloped the son of Ecton Park a bit further Monday morning than normal.
“The track was closed Saturday morning (because of heavy overnight rains) and he had just jogged the day before, so he needed to do more yesterday (a mile and a half gallop) and today,” Durnin said.
Wednesday’s work will be the third at Churchill Downs since a third-place finish in the April 12 Arkansas Derby (GII). Tres Borrachos is scheduled to ship to Pimlico later Wednesday.
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