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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).
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.
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.
AMERICAN LION – WinStar Farm’s American Lion galloped a mile and a half in the sunshine Sunday morning under exercise rider Paul Turner.
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, 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.
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.
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.
AMERICAN LION – WinStar Farm’s American Lion went to the track after the renovation break, then galloped over the muddy track with exercise rider Paul Turner up.