Churchill's Monday Morning Derby Week Notes

ATSWHATIMTALKNBOUT - The California-based colt Atswhatimtalknbout had a quiet morning Monday walking the shedrow after working five furlongs in :59 2/5 Sunday at Churchill Downs. The A.P. Indy offspring "is doing good," according to his trainer, Ron Ellis. "He ate up last night and is fine today coming out of that work." Ellis noted that rider David Flores, who worked "Ats" Sunday and will ride him in the Derby, will be in Louisville the rest of the week. He also said his horse is to go to the track for some jogging Tuesday morning.

BRANCUSI - The Blue Grass (gr. I) runner-up galloped a mile and a half under jockey Tony Farina at Keeneland. Trainer Patrick Biancone still has not decided whether to ship the colt Wednesday or Thursday.

DOMESTIC DISPUTE - Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) winner Domestic Dispute galloped a mile and one half at Churchill, fo the first time coming out of the barn of trainer Andrew McKeever. The Unbridled's Song colt had his exercise out of the Bob Baffert barn yesterday after having been purchased privately Saturday from Baffert's client Gary Garber. But new trainer Patrick Gallagher shifted the horse to friend and Irish compatriot McKeever's Barn 22. Keeping the connection all green, exercise rider Joe Deegan handled Domestic Dispute for his 12-furlong leg stretching. McKeever and Gallagher know each other from their days working as assistants for rider-turned-trainer Bill Shoemaker in California.

EMPIRE MAKER/PEACE RULES - Trainer Robert Frankel reported that his twosome of Empire Maker and Peace Rules "did what they were supposed to do" following their six-furlong works Sunday morning, meaning they came out of the works fine, ate up last night and had walks on the shedrow this morning. "I'll trot them or jog them tomorrow," the Hall of Fame conditioner said. "Then they'll gallop up to the race from there." Empire Maker, a son of Unbridled who is owned by Frankel's chief client, Juddmonte Farms, clocked six panels in 1:12 3/5 Sunday. He'll be the favorite in Saturday's 129th edition of the Run for the Roses. Peace Rules, who is by the young stallion Jules and is owned by the trainer's longtime San Diego patron Edmund Gann, went 1:14 in his Sunday drill.

FUNNY CIDE - The Wood Memorial runner-up had an easy morning Monday as he gets ready for his final serious Derby drill Tuesday morning. "He just jogged and galloped the wrong way around the track a couple of times," said trainer Barclay Tagg, who is supervising the gelding's training at Belmont Park. "He works after the break tomorrow. He'll go five-eighths of a mile." Funny Cide will be flown to Kentucky Wednesday afternoon. Tagg is scheduled to arrive in Louisville around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

INDIAN EXPRESS/KAFWAIN/SENOR SWINGER - Trainer Bob Baffert's main hopes for a second consecutive Kentucky Derby victory, Indian Express and Kafwain, were on the track for gallops Monday morning. Senor Swinger, who worked on Sunday and is expected to go in Friday's Crown Royal American Turf, walked the shedrow. Both Indian Express, who comes off a good second in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), and Kafwain, the San Vicente (gr. II) winner who was third in the Santa Anita Derby, will have their final Kentucky Derby breezes Tuesday morning. "They're both looking great," Baffert said. "I'm excited but realistic about their chances. If they both look great in their works tomorrow, then I'll be really excited." Kafwain went to school in the gate before galloping this morning. A horse was injured at the gate, and the track was closed for more than 20 minutes while veterinarians took care of the injured horse. "Kafwain was stuck behind the gate for 22 minutes," Baffert said, "but he kept his cool. I'm glad it was him out there in that situation. Some of my horses would have completely freaked out." Indian Express is a son of Indian Charlie, who finished third as the favorite in the 1998 Kentucky Derby. Baffert purchased the Utah-bred colt in Panama, where Indian Express was racing, and has had him in the barn since December. "He was pretty goofy when he got here from Panama," the trainer said. "He wouldn't let anybody touch his head or ears. But he's not the horse he was 90 days ago. He's really changed. And for the better." Tyler Baze, a 20-year-old jockey who has held his own competing on the tough Southern California circuit, will have his first Derby mount on Indian Express.

LONE STAR SKY - Buddy New's Lone Star Sky was on the track at 6:15 Monday morning to gallop a mile and a half under exercise rider Kathy Sanchez. Trainer Tom Amoss said Lone Star Sky would work "an easy five-eighths" Tuesday morning at 6:15 with Calvin Borel up. "I wanted somebody that knows the horse," Amoss said of Borel, who has ridden Lone Star Sky in his past four races but will ride Ten Cents A Shine in Derby 129. New is scheduled to arrive in Louisville Monday night and will be present for the work, which will determine Lone Star Sky's Derby participation.

OFFLEE WILD - The Wild Again colt, who will be trainer T.V. Smith's first Derby starter, galloped nearly three miles Monday morning, and is scheduled to have his final workout Tuesday morning. "He galloped a mile and a half, and then went to the gate," Smith said. "After he stood in the gate for a while, he galloped another mile and a half. Tomorrow, we'll work him after the break." Offlee Wild ran third in the Blue Grass Stakes after suffering a training setback because of illness, when he went nearly two months between races. Smith has been building up the colt's stamina with regular long gallops since the Keeneland race on April 12. Smith, who has been training for 45 years, will be making his Derby debut with Offlee Wild.

OUTTA HERE - Delta Jackpot winner Outta Here walked the shedrow at Barn 42 Monday morning, a day after arriving from Hollywood Park. "We had a good flight, no problems at all," said assistant trainer and exercise rider Pat Seeley. Seeley said that trainer and co-owner Bill Currin is scheduled to arrive in Louisville Monday night and would be at the track in the morning. Outta Here, who last raced in the UAE Derby in Dubai on March 29, will be the first Derby starter to have run in Dubai that was not based there. Two-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Kent Desormeaux will ride.

SIR CHEROKEE - Trainer Michael Tomlinson called an audible with Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Sir Cherokee and will bring the colt to Churchill Downs for a five-furlong workout Tuesday morning. "I have another horse that I am going to run Saturday that is going to work on the turf tomorrow, so it was a better fit not to split them up," said Tomlinson, who was going to work Sir Cherokee at the Trackside Training Center. Terry Thompson, scheduled to ride in his first Kentucky Derby, will be aboard for the work. "We will load at 7:15 and should be there about 7:30 and then we will go after the break," Tomlinson said. Sir Cherokee galloped a mile and a half at Trackside Monday morning with exercise rider D.W. Fries in the tack.

SUPAH BLITZ - The son of Mecke (fifth in the 1995 Derby) had a strong mile and a half gallop around the Churchill track Monday morning. Trainer Manny Tortora and jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. are expected to arrive in Louisville late Monday night. Supah Blitz is scheduled to work Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs with Homeister aboard.

TEN CENTS A SHINE - Ten Cents A Shine walked the shedrow Monday, a day after working five-eighths in :59 1/5 to secure his spot in Derby 129. Calvin Borel will ride Saturday on Ten Cents A Shine, who is scheduled to return to the track Tuesday.