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Mathea Kelley

Noble's Promise Derby Status Still Undecided

Ken McPeek-trained colt arrived at Churchill Downs on April 15.

Trainer Ken McPeek said Chasing Dreams Racing 2008’s Noble's Promise , who arrived at Churchill Downs April 15 following a van ride from trainer Ken McPeek’s Magdelena Farm, is still "on the fence" for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on May 1.

According to Kentucky Derby notes, the 3-year-old son of Cuvee jogged a mile and galloped a mile in his first trip over the Churchill oval. Noble's Promise, runner-up to Lookin At Lucky  in the Rebel (gr. I) and CashCall Fururity (gr. I), was proclaimed by McPeek to be “on the fence” for a run in the 136th Kentucky Derby on May 1.

Noble’s Promise ran fifth as the favorite in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) after a rough start that resulted in cuts on each of his front legs. After the race, he was found to be suffering from a lung infection.

"I'’ve just got some problems to solve," said McPeek. "It’s never a straight line. It’s never easy."

Noble’s Promise has a record of 3-3-1 in eight races that includes a win in the Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland. He has earned $823,500 and ranks second among Derby hopefuls in graded earnings.

"We need to get a good week in him," said McPeek. "I plan on working him on the 20th or the 21st. It’s going to depend on how he scopes out of that and how he’s acting. We’ve got some blood work to check and things like that."

Meanwhile, McPeek said Peter J. Callahan’s Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopeful Beautician was doing very well following a sharp work on April 13 at Churchill Downs. The daughter of Dehere breezed four furlongs in :47, the fastest move of the day, in her first serious training move since she finished last behind Evening Jewel in the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

McPeek said Beautician is bound for the Kentucky Oaks and Alex Solis has been confirmed as her rider.