Jill Byrne's Derby Update April 26

Rule out, Devil May Care definite for Derby; Lucky works

WinStar Farm’s Rule will not compete in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Todd Pletcher revealed Monday morning. Winner of the Sam F. Davis (G3) and Delta Jackpot (G3), the dark bay colt was exiting a third as the favorite in the Florida Derby (G1).

Rachel Alexandra to work Monday as Horse of the Year preps for Oaks Day run in La Troienne

Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick’s Rachel Alexandra, the reigning Horse of the Year preparing for a start on Friday in the $400,000-added La Troienne Stakes (GII), will work early Monday at Churchill Downs.

Blind Luck settles in after late Saturday arrival...Oaks hopeful Beautician set for Monday work

AGE OF HUMOR – Trainer Mike Maker reported that Twin Creek Farm’s Age of Humor, stabled at Louisville’s Trackside Training Center, jogged 1 ½ miles Sunday morning during the 6 o’clock hour with exercise rider Marvin Jiminez in the saddle.

Injury knocks favored Eskendereya out of Derby 136...Dublin works five furlongs

AMERICAN LION – WinStar Farm’s American Lion galloped a mile and a half in the sunshine Sunday morning under exercise rider Paul Turner.

Battaglia tabs Lookin at Lucky as 'solid favorite' after defection of Eskendereya

Now that Zayat Stable’s early favorite Eskendreya has been knocked out of Saturday’s 136th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!

Eskendereya out of Derby

Eskendereya, the expected heavy favorite in Kentucky Derby 136, is out of the Derby. Trainer Todd Pletcher revealed that the Giant’s Causeway colt came back from his Saturday morning gallop with filling in his left front leg and after it didn’t to respond to treatment overnight, the decision was made to remove him from consideration on Sunday morning.

Hurricane Ike, Borel blow through Derby Trial

Dawn and Ike Thrash's HURRICANE IKE (Graeme Hall) tracked the pacesetting Eightyfiveinafifty (Forest Camp) throughout the April 3 Bay Shore S. (G3) at Aqueduct and finished in that same spot under Calvin Borel. On Saturday, Hurricane Ike and Borel reunited for the $200,000 Derby Trial S. (G3) at Churchill Downs and followed the same plan as they pressed the pace set by Eightyfiveinafifty over the muddy, sealed track. There was just one difference: they won.

Derby Nation at Thunder Over Louisville

Champagne d'Oro works strong six furlongs...Joanie's Catch Churchill-bound after Calder work

AGE OF HUMOR – Trainer Mike Maker reported that Twin Creek Farm’s Age of Humor walked the shedrow at his Trackside Training Center base and that “all’s good” one day after a five-furlong breeze in 1:01.20 in company with Kentucky Derby hopeful Dean’s Kitten.