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1. Dialed In -- Late runner overcame a pronounced bias in favor of speed to win the Florida Derby (G1); needs to overcome inexperience, and navigate through a 20-horse field, to give trainer Nick Zito his third Derby.
2. Uncle Mo -- Two-year-old champ lost his unbeaten luster when upset in the Wood Memorial (G1), but exited the race with a GI infection; Todd Pletcher trainee had looked exceptional before that hiccup, so don't count him out just yet.
ARIENZA – Robert and Lawana Low’s Fantasy (GII) runner-up Arienza visited the paddock and then galloped a mile and half Tuesday morning under exercise rider Eva Jansson.
Trainer Danny Peitz, who is also considering the $100,000 Eight Belles Presented by ACS (GIII) on May 6 for Arienza, plans to work the filly on Friday.
ANTHONY’S CROSS – With Tuesday’s defections of The Factor and J P’s Gusto from Kentucky Derby 137, trainer Eoin Harty booked a flight from California to Louisville on Tuesday, May 3 for A D K Racing’s Anthony’s Cross in hopes that his colt might find a way into the field for Kentucky Derby 137.
THE FACTOR – Trainer Bob Baffert said Tuesday morning that he was “leaning against” running George Bolton and Fog City Stable’s The Factor the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). But Bolton made it official in late morning: The Factor will not run in Derby 137.
“It’s too much too quick,” Botlon said via telephone. “We don’t want to run a horse that isn’t right. He’s basically miler pedigree that is good enough to go further.
George Bolton, co-owner of multiple Grade 2 hero THE FACTOR (War Front), announced Tuesday that the speedy colt has been ruled out of the Kentucky Derby (G1).
The Factor displaced his palate when fading to seventh as the 4-5 favorite in the Arkansas Derby (G1) last time out. A minor surgical procedure was performed to correct the breathing problem, but his connections didn't believe they should press on to the Derby.
"(Trainer) Bob (Baffert) feels he's not ready for a race like the Derby," Bolton told The Blood-Horse's Steve Haskin, "and to be honest, I'm relieved.
ARIENZA – Robert and Lawana Low’s Arienza galloped early Monday morning over a sloppy track under exercise rider Eva Jansson.
Trainer Danny Peitz also is considering the $100,000 Eight Belles Presented by ACS (GIII) on May 6 for Arienza.
“We’re here,” Peitz said of the Oaks. “We’ll see how she trains and see how everybody else is doing and see how things take shape.”
ARCHARCHARCH – With jockey Jon Court up, Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Archarcharch galloped a mile and a half over a sloppy track after the morning renovation break Monday at Churchill Downs.
Owned by Robert Yagos, Archarcharch arrived back at Churchill Downs last Tuesday following his victory at Oaklawn Park. Trainer Jinks Fires plans to give the son of Arch one work prior to Kentucky Derby 137.
ARIENZA – Robert and Lawana Low’s regally bred Arienza galloped a mile before the renovation break under exercise rider Eva Jansson for trainer Dan Peitz.
Peitz, who also is considering the $100,000 Eight Belles (GIII) to be run May 6 for Arienza, said the daughter of 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri by Giant’s Causeway probably would work again on Friday. Arienza worked a half-mile in :49.40 here last Friday.
Stay Thirsty Works Sharply Under Borel; Uncle Mo Improves; Maragh Up as Mucho Macho Man Works Seven Furlongs
ARCHARCHARCH – Robert Yagos’ Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Archarcharch walked the shedrow at Barn 40 under tack on a rainy Sunday morning.
Archarcharch, who made his racing debut here last fall with a troubled second-place finish going seven furlongs, is trained by Jinks Fires and will be ridden in Kentucky Derby 137 by regular pilot Jon Court. It will mark the first Kentucky Derby start for Fires and Court.
The Blood-Horse reported Sunday that Norfolk (G1) winner JAYCITO (Victory Gallop), whose road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) has been compromised by a hoof bruise, will be forced to miss the 137th Run for the Roses.
A distant runner-up to the sidelined Premier Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus) in the March 12 San Felipe S. (G2) in his reappearance, Jaycito developed the hoof bruise a couple of weeks later. Although the Bob Baffert trainee was able to record a six-furlong work in 1:13 2/5 at Santa Anita on April 2, he exited the drill with tenderness in the foot.