Derby Insights

by Dick Powell

I live just outside Saratoga Springs, New York, and even up here, we are inundated with rain that just won't stop. No golf, no sunshine and no lawn mowing have pushed spring even farther back than normal. I can't imagine what it must be like to live in the South where severe weather has played havoc with far too many people's lives.

Kentucky Oaks Barn Notes for April 28

ARIENZA – Robert and Lawana Low’s Fantasy (GII) runner-up Arienza galloped a mile and a half under exercise rider Eva Jansson before the morning renovation break when the track was labeled as “good.”

Trainer Dan Peitz plans to work Arienza five furlongs after the break Friday morning.

Jordin Sparks to Sing National Anthem at Kentucky Derby 137

Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling recording artist Jordin Sparks will sing the national anthem prior to the 137th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 7 at Churchill Downs.

Uncle Mo Back On Track; Watch Me Go Tries The Track

ANIMAL KINGDOM – Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs from Keeneland on Thursday afternoon.

Animal Kingdom will stabled in Barn 22 and is scheduled to work Saturday for trainer Graham Motion.

Motion also trains Wood Memorial (GI) winner Toby’s Corner, who is scheduled to work Sunday at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland and ship to Churchill Downs on Monday.

Dialed In works half-mile at Palm Meadows

Florida Derby (G1) winner and likely Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite DIALED IN (Mineshaft) worked an easy half-mile Thursday morning at Palm Meadows in :48 2/5.

With trainer Nick Zito looking on, Dialed In worked over a nearly deserted track before fewer than 12 spectators. After breaking off a half-length behind stablemate Miner's Escape (Mineshaft), Dialed In rallied to finish three lengths in front.

Dialed In recorded splits of :12, :24 2/5 and :36 4/5 before galloping out five furlongs in 1:01 2/5, according to Daily Racing Form clocker Mike Welsch.

Travelin Man Heads Cliff's Edge Derby Trial

E Paul Robsham Stables’ Travelin Man, winner of the Swale Stakes (GII) in his most recent start, tops a field of nine 3-year-olds entered for the 87th running of the one-mile $200,000-added The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (GIII) on Saturday’s “Opening Night” program of Churchill Downs’ 137th Spring Meet.

Churchill Downs Launches New Kentucky Derby Mobile App

Churchill Downs has launched a free Kentucky Derby 137 mobile application for smartphones and tablets that run the iPhone and Android operating systems.

The new Kentucky Derby mobile app will allow users to access many interactive features on their mobile devices such as:

Special Kentucky Oaks Only Tickets Put On Sale

Thanks to a special partnership among three groups associated with the “Ladies First” theme of Kentucky Oaks Day, a select number of one-day only tickets for Friday, May 6 in Section 125 were put on sale for $74 on Wednesday afternoon. The tickets are available exclusively online on a first-come, first-serve basis at

Miguel Mena To Ride Suave Voir Faire; Her Smile Joins Oaks Picture for Flay, Pletcher; St. John's River to Work Thursday

ARIENZA – Robert and Lawana Low’s Fantasy (GII) runner-up Arienza visited the starting gate and then galloped Wednesday morning under exercise rider Eva Jansson.

Trainer Danny Peitz has a Friday work scheduled for Arienza in what would be her second breeze at Churchill Downs following the Fantasy.

Borel To Ride Twice the Appeal; Archarcharch Gets Company in Morning Activity; Decisive Moment Works Friday

ANIMAL KINGDOM – Barry Irwin, chief executive officer of Team Valor International, notified Churchill Downs officials that Animal Kingdom, the 2 ¾-length winner of the Vinery Racing Spiral (GIII) at Turfway Park on March 26, would train at Keeneland on Thursday morning and then van to Churchill Downs that afternoon.