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The day before the 137th running of the Preakness (Grade I), several trainers at Churchill Downs offered their opinions about who will win the second jewel of the Triple Crown and most are picking Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) winner I’ll Have Another or Derby runner-up Bodemeister.
The Kentucky Derby trail for Take Charge Indy ended with 3-year-old dark bay son of A.P. Indy finishing 19th of 20 in the Run for the Roses, but his connections are hoping to get right back on the Derby trail with Positively, a 2-year-old son of Distorted Humor who is scheduled to make his career debut in Friday’s sixth race at Churchill Downs.
With more than an inch of rain in the Louisville area and more coming down Sunday morning, trainer Dale Romans opted to postpone a work for Preakness (Grade I) contender Cozzetti and instead sent the colt out for a 1 ½-mile gallop after the renovation break under exercise rider Romero Cordache.
Dale Romans has been training horses for more than 25 years, he has saddled more than 1,500 winners, his runners have earned nearly $70 million and his long list of graded-stakes wins include such prestigious races as the Dubai World Cup (Grade I) and the Preakness (GI).
Donegal Racing’s Dullahan, the two-time Grade I winner and third-place finisher in this year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), will race next in the Belmont Stakes on June 9, the stable’s managing partner Jerry Crawford announced Friday.
Trainer Buff Bradley admits to not remembering the early days of every horse foaled on his Indian Ridge Farm in Frankfort, Ky.; however, Bradley certainly remembers the birthday of Humana Distaff (Grade I) winner Groupie Doll.
BELIEVE YOU CAN – Brereton Jones’ homebred Kentucky Oaks heroine Believe You Can came out of the race in great shape, trainer Larry Jones said while accepting congratulations at his barn early on Kentucky Derby Day.
AMIE’S DINI – Co-owner Mike Walker said the Fantasy Stakes (GII) runner-up Amie’s Dini had an easy jog this morning after the renovation break and will school in the paddock during Thursday’s program at Churchill Downs. The $3,000 sales purchase drew post 13 of 14 for the Oaks.
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.
Dr Kendall Hansen and Skychai Racing’s Hansen, a major contender for the 138thrunning of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!