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American Lion Gets First Taste of Churchill Dirt ... Wet Forecast Alters Training Plans
AMERICAN LION – WinStar Farm’s American Lion paid his first visit to the track at Churchill Downs for trainer Eoin Harty on an overcast Thursday morning, galloping a mile under exercise rider Paul Turner.“I liked what I saw out there,” Harty said. “He will work on Monday.”
The most awarded group in country music this decade, Rascal Flatts, will help Churchill Downs continue the newest Kentucky Derby Day tradition when the trio performs the national anthem live on Saturday, May 1, prior to the running of the 136th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.
Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) announced Thursday its safety initiatives in place for the 2010 Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Kentucky Derby (G1), following the creation in March, 2009, of its Safety from Start to Finish, a comprehensive, ongoing initiative to improve the safety of both horses and people at CDI's four racetracks.
Eightyfiveinafifty and Pleasant Prince, two colts hoping to earn enough money to gain a spot in the starting gate for next week’s $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), top a field of 10 3-year-olds entered for Saturday’s $200,000-added The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (GIII) as Kentucky Derby Week begins at historic Churchill Downs.
AGE OF HUMOR – Bluegrass Equine Center, Sky Chai Stable and Twin Creeks Farm’s Age of Humor galloped at the nearby Trackside Training Center under Marvin Jiminez for trainer Mike Maker.
AMERICAN LION – WinStar Farm’s American Lion, winner of the Illinois Derby (GIII), arrived at Churchill Downs around 1:20 p.m. (all times EDT) following a late morning departure on a van ride from Keeneland.
The Eoin Harty trainee is stabled in Barn 41.
AWESOME ACT – Mrs. Susan Roy and Vinery Stables’ Awesome Act was doing well on Wednesday morning, one day after he worked six furlongs in 1:12.60 under Kentucky Derby rider Julien Leparoux.
“We’re all good here,” said Wayne Tanner, assistant trainer Jeremy Noseda.
Churchill Downs' opening-day feature, the Derby Trial, received a $100,000 purse boost and Grade 3 status for Saturday's 86th running, and the one-mile event is relevant to the 2010 Kentucky Derby (G1) picture due to the $120,000 now available to the winner in graded earnings.
Jill Byrne analyzes Derby contender workouts under the Spires
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AGE OF HUMOR – Bluegrass Equine Center, Sky Chai Stable and Twin Creeks Farm’s Age of Humor galloped Tuesday morning at the nearby Trackside Training Center under exercise rider Marvin Jiminez for trainer Mike Maker.
AILALEA/DEVIL MAY CARE – Starlight Partners Ailalea and Glencrest Farm’s Devil May Care, both trained by Todd Pletcher, arrived at Churchill Downs early Tuesday afternoon after a flight from South Florida.