Churchill's Tuesday Morning Derby Week Notes

(from Churchill Downs)
ATSWHATIMTALKNBOUT - The California horse with the Hollywood connections returned to the racetrack Tuesday morning following a five-furlong work Sunday and a walk of the shedrow Monday. The good-looking son of A.P. Indy jogged a mile around the big oval with exercise rider Raul Vizcarrando aboard on a hot and humid morning in Louisville. The colt went trackside at approximately 8:45 and included a trip to the starting gate in his morning's activities. "It's all good," said trainer Ron Ellis. "He's doing fine and we're moving ahead. He'll go back to galloping from here." It appears that those Hollywood connections - Steven Spielberg, Gary Ross and Frank Marshall - will make the scene on Thursday.

BRANCUSI - Brancusi jogged at Keeneland today. "You know me, the track was wet so he just jogged nicely," trainer Patrick Biancone said. "Everything's done. We'll just take it easy now. He's ready. He's grand." The colt will ship to Louisville Thursday.

BUDDY GIL - Desperado Stables' Buddy Gil walked the shedrow at Barn 17, a day after working five furlongs in :59 3/5. "Everything is perfect," trainer Jeff Mullins said. "He will go back to the track tomorrow." Buddy Gil comes into the Derby on a three-race win streak, but Mullins said Derby fever didn't really kick in until after the Santa Anita Derby. "The thing that impresses me most about this horse is his heart," said rider Gary Stevens, who has ridden three Kentucky Derby winners. "His heart reminds me of Silver Charm (who was Stevens' most recent Derby winner in 1997)."

DOMESTIC DISPUTE - Trainer Patrick Gallagher returned from California to Churchill Downs Tuesday morning to oversee his Kentucky Derby starter Domestic Dispute. The conditioner is here to stay through Saturday. Gallagher sent his recently acquired charge through a mile and one half gallop after the renovation break with exercise rider Joe Deegan up. He'll do more of the same through the end of the week with a possible short blowout being considered for Friday. "We'll see how he's doing during the week," the affable Irishman said, "then maybe blow him out down the lane Friday."

PEACE RULES - Trainer Robert Frankel's Peace Rules went out with his main morning man, Antonio Graell. The twosome had walked the shedrow Monday morning a six-furlong work Sunday. Frankel held his 9:15 press conference with about 50 media members in attendance and answered a wide-range of questions about his career. The press conferences were something he insisted on when he realized he had the Derby favorite. "In this business you build on experience," he had noted earlier. "You learn and you adjust. My experience with Medaglia D'Oro in last year's Derby helped me deal with this year's race. The press conference idea helps. How to deal with the track. Things like that. You put it in the memory bank and you bring it back out and use it to advantage."

EYE OF THE TIGER - John Gunther's Eye Of The Tiger walked the shedrow Tuesday morning following his 1:00 3/5 drill Monday morning at Churchill Downs. The stakes-placed colt will return to the track for a jog Wednesday, according to assistant trainer Art Calva, who was running the show for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who returned to his Northern California base following the Monday work under jockey Eibar Coa. "Jerry will be back here tomorrow shortly after noon," Calva said. "He and John (Gunther) were going to make their decision today as to whether or not we run (in Saturday's Kentucky Derby). "The horse is doing fine. He came out of that work OK and cleaned up last night. He's a good shipper. We came from California and then over from Keeneland and he was fine with it. He never spiked a temperature or anything like that." Entries for the Derby will be drawn in the backside racing office at approximately 10:30 Wednesday morning.

OUTTA HERE - With co-owner and trainer Bill Currin looking on, Outta Here galloped once around the main track with assistant trainer Pat Seeley up. "We had a perfect gallop. He loved it out there," Seeley said. Currin, who was on the backside here for the first time ever on Tuesday morning, said Outta Here would school in the paddock with horses for Tuesday afternoon's fourth race and visit the starting gate Wednesday morning. Two-time Derby winning rider Kent Desormeaux has the call for Derby 129 and is scheduled to be on the Dehere colt for a blowout down the stretch Thursday morning.

SCRIMSHAW/TEN CENTS A SHINE - Trainer D. Wayne Lukas reported everything was good with his two Derby hopefuls Tuesday morning. "Ten Cents A Shine jogged in the first set and Scrimshaw walked," Lukas said. "Both are fine." Calvin Borel has the call on Ten Cents A Shine and Cornelio Velasquez will ride Scrimshaw. Lukas has saddled a record 39 Kentucky Derby starters but he had never attended the Derby until 1981 when he saddled his first starter, Partez, who finished third. "That was my first time to see a Derby here, but I had watched them on television forever," said Lukas, who at age 67 is the oldest trainer with a horse in Derby 129. "I can't remember the first one I ever saw on TV."

TEN MOST WANTED - The Illinois Derby winner walked the shedrow in a green cooler in Barn 45 Tuesday morning following his impressive five-panel drill in :59 2/5 Monday at Churchill Downs. Trainer Wallace Dollase, called "Wally" by one and all, was happy with his charge and with the way he continued to handle himself leading up to Saturday. "He ate up yesterday - did he ever," Dollase said. "He not only eats up, he eats up fast. He's like me. He's the biggest eater I've ever had in my barn. He's ferocious. When I walk him and we go by a bale of hay, he'll take a chomp. He's something." The California-based trainer said his Deputy Commander colt will return to the track Wednesday morning. "We'll play it by ear tomorrow," he said. "Normally I'd jog a horse following a work and a walk. But if he's full of himself - and this one might be - you're better off to go ahead and gallop him. I'll be up on my pony with him and when we get out there we'll do what we think is right."