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Isn't He Clever Transferred to Asmussen, Still Under Consideration for Derby

| Churchill Downs | 04/22/2012 #
  • Isn't He Clever was transferred to trainer Steve Asmussen. Credit: Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography

Isn’t He Clever, winner of the Borderland Derby and eighth in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (Grade I) in his most recent start, has been transferred to trainer Steve Amussen, according to owner J. Kirk Robison, and a start in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) is still under consideration.

Isn’t He Clever had been under the care of Henry Dominguez. A 3-year-old gelded son of Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones, Isn’t He Clever arrived at Asmussen’s barn at Churchill Downs on April 17.

“We moved him to Steve’s barn because there are more opportunities for him on the dirt being in Kentucky and out in the East than if we brought him back (to New Mexico),” Robison said via phone from El Paso.

Robison said the Kentucky Derby is still under consideration for Isn’t He Clever, who with $191,333 in graded stakes earnings is number 21 on the most recent graded stakes earnings list. The graded stakes earnings list will likely determine the participants in the 138th running of the Run for the Roses.

“We’re evaluating our options,” Robison said. “The Derby is still under consideration, but I’ve always said I would never enter the Derby if I didn’t think the horse would be competitive. The horse will go out for some exercise this week, but won’t have a work till next weekend. The decision will be based on Steve’s opinion.”

Bred in Kentucky by Monticule, Isn’t He Clever has a career record of 4-2-0 from eight starts and earnings of $395,293. He was purchased for $45,000 at the 2010 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

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