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Quips and Picks from the Trainers Dinner

The annual Kentucky Derby Trainers Dinner, put on by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association on April 29, produced their annual outspoken comments by the trainers of horses for Saturday's Run for the Roses. Following are the tongue-in-cheek comments from the conditioners:

Some Derby Candidates Auction Bargains; Others Were Expensive

Probable Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite Empire Maker has never been offered at public auction. He's a homebred who races for Prince Khaled Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms. But most of the Derby candidates have passed through a sale ring at some point in their lives. Some brought hundreds of thousands of dollars, others much less.

Whose Name Will Make History?

When the horses competing in this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) got their names, they had only their pedigree, personality, and their owners' personalities to create for them the perfect title.

Irish Colt Evolving Tactics Likely Heading For Derby

Churchill Downs officials have been notified that Moyglare Stud Farm's Irish-bred Evolving Tactics is scheduled to ship to the United States later this week for a possible run in Kentucky Derby 129.

History Maker?

By Ray Paulick -- Has it really been 25 years since Thoroughbred racing had its last Triple Crown winner? It doesn't seem that long ago to us gray-haired types, but a new generation of racing fans has not had a Triple Crown winner in their lifetime.

How Not to Lose the Derby

By Lenny Shulman -- It's the most elusive of longshots: out of some 36,000 Thoroughbred foals born each year, just one gets to win the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

Buddy Gil Passes Key Derby Test; 'Ats' Also Works

Santa Anita Derby winner Buddy Gil passed a key test in his quest for the Kentucky Derby when the gelding worked at Churchill Downs on Monday. While the son of Eastern Echo was timed in 1:11 4/5 for six furlongs under jockey Gary Stevens, more important to trainer Jeff Mullins was the five-furlong split of :59 3/5 and the fact he did not bleed during the training regimen.

Scrimshaw Carves Up Lexington for Lukas

It looks like trainer D. Wayne Lukas will be bringing another surprise package to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) after his lightly regarded colt Scrimshaw and jockey Edgar Prado scored a three-length victory in Saturday's $363,675 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Keeneland.

Mullins Plays it Cool With Derby Media Hype

Jeff Mullins went through the pre-Kentucky Derby media circus last year with Lusty Latin, who finished 15th. This year, the 40-year-old trainer has a solid Derby contender in Santa Anita Derby winner Buddy Gil, but Mullins is avoiding for as long as he can the hordes of inquisitive paparazzi massing at Churchill Downs for any scrap of Derby news.

The Works Highlight TVG Derby Coverage

"The Works," will once again highlight the TVG pre-race coverage of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, both grade I. The series of eight half-hour shows will air at 11:30 a.m. (EST) beginning April 24 and continuing through May 1. The shows will be replayed each evening and prior to the following morning's telecasts.

Empire Maker Arrives at Churchill Downs

Juddmonte Farm's Empire Maker, the strong favorite for the 129th running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), arrived at Churchill Downs Sunday afternoon to continue his preparations for the May 3 race. Several other leading contenders have joined the Wood Memorial winner at the historic track.

Cuts Will Keep Man Among Men Out of Derby

Man Among Men, who finished 10th in the Arkansas Derby (gr. II) as the 5-2 favorite, suffered cuts on his right front leg in the race and will not run in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on May 3, trainer Gary Mandella said Sunday morning.

Empire Maker Draws Outside in Wood

Early Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite Empire Maker will mark his return to the Empire State Saturday in the $750,000 Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) at Aqueduct. He will break from the outside in a field of eight entered for the 1 1/8 mile Derby prep.

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