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Kentucky Derby 138 Barn Notes (5.2.2012)

ALPHA – Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin confirmed that Godolphin Stable’s Alpha will be ridden by jockey Rajiv Maragh in the Kentucky Derby. Maragh was aboard for the Bernardini colt’s sharp work (:59.40 for five furlongs) at Belmont Park on Saturday.

Hansen Strong at Trackside, "Macho" Zips at Churchill

Dr Kendall Hansen and Skychai Racing’s Hansen, a major contender for the 138thrunning of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!

Derby 138 Contender Hansen Sharp in Trackside Work

Reigning American 2-year-old champion Hansen tuned up for a planned run in Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass (Grade I) on April 14 with a strong five-furlong work in :59.80 on Saturday at Churchill DownsTrackside training center.

Hansen Cruises in March 24 Trackside Work

Reigning 2-year-old champion Hansen continued his preparations for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) with an easy five-furlong work on Saturday at Churchill Downs’ Trackside Training Center.

Champion Hansen Cruises in Easy Trackside Workout

Reigning American 2-year-old champion Hansen breezed an easy half-mile Sunday at Churchill Downs’ Trackside Training Center as the major contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) worked for the first time since his return to Kentucky following a winter spent mostly in Florida.

Asmussen, Still Battling for 'Leading Trainer', Reflects On Successful Meet

Steve Asmussen has won the last five training titles at Churchill Downs and will wrap up another successful meet at the home of the Kentucky Derby when its fall racing session concludes on Sunday.

Wise Dan Well On Morning After Victory in Grade I Clark Handicap

WISE DAN IN PERFECT SHAPE MORNING AFTER CLARK ‘CAP VICTORY Mort Fink’s Wise Dan had an easy morning after his impressive 3 ¾-length victory in the 137th running of Churchill Downs’ $572,500 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I).

WinStar's Gemologist Bids To Follow Super Saver's Path In Jockey Club

WINSTAR’S UNBEATEN GEMOLOGIST HOPES TO FOLLOW SUPER SAVER’S FOOTSTEPS IN JOCKEY CLUBWinStar Farm LLC and trainer Todd Pletcher teamed up to win the 2009 running of the Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) with Super Saver, and returned to Churchill Downs with the colt the following spring to capture the $2 million-guaranteed Ken

Lopresti Confident, But Wary of Clark Distance for Wise Dan

A year after experiencing the heartbreak inflicted by the disqualification of Successful Dan from an apparent victory in the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I), owner Morton Fink and trainer Charles Lopresti are back to take another shot at winning the premier race of Churchill Downs’ Fall Meet with another talented “Dan.”

Super Espresso Bids To End Racing Career With Falls City Victory

SUPER ESPRESSO LOOKS TO END RACING CAREER WITH FALLS CITY VICTORY – Celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s Super Espresso will look to end her racing career in style on Thursday when she makes her final start in the 96th running of the $175,000-added Falls City Handicap (Grade II) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the main track at Churchill Downs.