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Noble's Promise uncertain for Kentucky Derby

| Brisnet Editorial | 04/11/2010 #
  • Noble's Promise ranks second on the graded earnings list. Photo: EquiSport Photos.

From Sunday's Oaklawn notes:

The Kentucky Derby (G1) status of Grade 1 winner NOBLE'S PROMISE (Cuvee) was in question on Sunday, one day after the Ken McPeek colt finished fifth in the Arkansas Derby (G1) after a troubled trip as the 8-5 favorite.

"He got cut up at the start," assistant trainer Walt Blum Jr. said. "They squeezed him out and someone stepped on his foot. (Jockey) Robby (Albarado) then let him run up in there on the turn and he got cut up on both front legs.

"Yesterday, anything that could go wrong did go wrong," Blum said. "First, the valet brought out a little girth about so long (holding his hands about three feet apart). Then they brought one that would you could wrap around all of us. We finally got the right one, but it was that kind of day.

"Once he broke like that, I wish Robby had just sat on him. He had never been that far back or stumbled or broke like that. I wish Robby had kept the goal in mind.

"He had some antibiotics, to try to keep the infection out," Blum said. "You might see him, maybe, in the Preakness ([G1] at Pimlico on May 15), but I don't know about the (Kentucky) Derby.

"We're leaving at 9:45 am tomorrow, flying out," he said. "We'll see how he is at Churchill and he may run, but I can't say now."

Noble's Promise sits second on the graded earnings list, behind champion Lookin at Lucky (Smart Strike), with career graded earnings of $738,000.

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