Dr. Alex Harthill (left) and trainer John Scanlon discuss Talk Is Money's soundness.

Dr. Alex Harthill (left) and trainer John Scanlon discuss Talk Is Money's soundness.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Talk Is Money Works; Vet Exam Labeled Routine

Although there were reports that he had developed lameness, Daniel Borislow's Talk Is Money was declared fine by his owner and trainer and entered Wednesday for Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

Trainer John Scanlan said the colt was fine and that his examination by Dr. Alex Harthill was routine. The colt was also being looked at by a farrier to determine if new shoes were in order, Scanlan said.

Earlier in the morning, Talk Is Money had drilled three furlongs in :37 4/5, a move that pleased Scanlan. Noting that his colt's sometime erratic behavior keeps the trainer on his toes, Scanlan said he experiences good times and bad times. "That is (work) happened exactly how I wanted it," Scanlan said. "Today was perfect. That is a good thing."

Although Talk Is Money has been known to flip in the gate and toss his rider, Scanlan said he had no trouble securing the services of a jockey for Talk Is Money in the Derby. Jerry Bailey will be aboard.

A $1-million yearling purchase, Talk Is Money has won two of six starts, including the Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel, and finished second in the Federico Tesio Stakes and third in the Flamingo Stakes (gr. III).

Talk Is Money's workout was the only Derby dvelopment on an otherwise quiet morning at Churchill. With the near-perfect weather in Louisville continuing, there was a large contingent of owners, breeders, and fans on the backside to observe Derby horses galloping.

The spectators were treated to an unusual public display of how a horse gets new shoes. With horses walking the shedrow and stalls being cleaned, trainer David Hofmans had a farrier put new shoes on Millennium Wind while the colt was standing outside the barn.

The biggest news is expected to come later today when entries are taken and post positions are drawn for Saturday's race.