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posted by Kalina on Apr 26

Eskendereya, with John Velazquez up, won the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct with ease last weekend and is considered a favorite in the May 1 Kentucky Derby.

Eskendereya, with John Velazquez up, won the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct with ease last weekend and is considered a favorite in the May 1 Kentucky Derby.

The anticipated favorite going into the Kentucky Derby, will not be participating in the Run for the Roses on May 1st, due to a slight filling in his left front leg.

Todd Pletcher, the trainer of Zayat Stable’s 3 year old son of Giant’s Causeway, made the announcement on Sunday, April 25th at a press conference at 9:30 AM.

“Yesterday morning I noticed a little bit of filling in his left front leg,” Pletcher said. “We looked at and worked on it overnight but didn’t see any improvement. He’s too special of a horse to take any chances.

“Basically his left leg is filled from his ankle up to the knee,” he said. “We need to get some of that edema out of there before we can do any diagnostics. He’s not uncomfortable. I got him out early this morning on the asphalt and jogged him, and for me, he was slightly off.

“I spoke with Mr. (Ahmed) Zayat and we decided to stop here. The horse is not lame. The horse is slightly off. I haven’t felt like his last couple of gallops have been up to what we normally see. I was hoping that maybe it was attributed to the sloppy track but we’re going to do some more diagnostics later in the week when some of the swelling and filling goes down in his leg. Hopefully it’s nothing that would be career ending, but at this point it’s too premature for me to speculate.”

Eskendereya galloped on April 24th on a sloppy track at Churchill Downs, but did not put in a work.

It was discovered earlier in the morning that Eskendereya  would not be putting in his scheduled workout. Churchill Downs officials put together a press conference soon after.

Pletcher has plenty of possibilities for the Derby, though, what with the colts Super Saver, Rule, Discreetly Mine, and Mission Impazible, and the filly Devil May Care. Interactiff may also run.

“I don’t know if it (Eskendereya’s declaration) changes Interactif’s status,” Pletcher said. “I was hoping to work him this morning but felt the track was still drying out. Even though it may have looked better from a distance it wasn’t as good as it was yesterday. He’ll breeze tomorrow.

“I’d say the biggest impact will potentially be with the filly,” he said. “Obviously that opens up (jockey) John Velazquez which was one of our biggest concerns. Mr. (John) Greathouse is going to come over tomorrow and we’re going to look at it. It swings the pendulum toward her running, but that’s without any confirmation from Mr. Greathouse.”

Devil May Care, owned by the Greathouse family’s Glencrest Farm, became a consideration for the Derby last week. The daughter of Malibu Moon may be entered in both the Derby and the April 30 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). She won the nine-furlong Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park March 20 in her last start.

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posted by Kalina on Apr 30

Win Willy, seen here on April 27th, will not be running in the Kentucky Derby. (picture by Anne M. Eberhardt)

 

Win Willy, the winner of the March 14 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, was declared not entering the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on the morning of April 29th by trainer Mac Robertson. The declaration was made hours before entries were to be taken for the race taking place at Churchill Downs on May 2nd. Read the rest of this entry »

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posted by Kalina on Apr 29

Pioneerof the Nile wins the Santa Anita Derby

Pioneerof the Nile wins the Santa Anita Derby

He gallops effortlessly over the track, working five furlongs in 1:01. It is hard to believe that this Zayat Stables homebred was a sickly foal, who almost didn’t make it. Sobhy Sonbol explains the story of this Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender.

“He got colic, and he had surgery a few weeks after he was born,” says Sonbol, who serves as the vice president of Zayat Stables. “He almost died, and then he had to have another operation a few months later. He had some adhesions in there from the first surgery, so they had to go back in there again.” Read the rest of this entry »

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posted by Kalina on Apr 28

Geberal Quarters in first, Hold Me Back in second, with Massone in third.

General Quarters in first, Hold Me Back in second, with Massone in third.

Tom McCarthy is the 75 year old owner/trainer of the former claimer, General Quarters. He claimed the colt for $20,000 in a maiden claimer last May in Kentucky. General Quarters broke his maiden in that race, then went without winning in his next 5 races in Kentucky. He was moved to Tampa Bay Downs at the end of his 2-year old racing season. He placed a good second Dec. 27, in the Inaugural Stakes (gr. III), then came back three weeks later to finish in second to Musket Man in the Pasco Stakes, a Kentucky Derby prep race. The colt finally had a breakthrough when her pulled away to win by 3 ½ lengths in the Sam F. Davis (gr. III). After General Quarter’s disappointing fifth place finish in the Tampa Bay Derby, McCarthy took his horse to Keeneland. The colt needed graded stakes earnings to make it to the Derby. Read the rest of this entry »

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posted by Kalina on Apr 28

Papa Clem (number 2) rallies to beat Old Fashioned in the Arkansas Derby

Papa Clem’s name has a story behind it, of course. Owner Bo Hirsch named him for his father, who’s grandchildren called him ‘Papa Clem’. Hirsch said he considered the name ‘Cement’ for the fast colt, because in the 1950’s and 60’s Clement, his father, had shared a rented beach house with Jimmy Durante, comic legend. Durante called Clement ‘Cement’, instead of pronouncing it correctly. “I thought it (Papa Clement) was better than Cement,” Hirsch says. “That doesn’t seem very fast.” Read the rest of this entry »

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