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.

Sidney's Candy works six furlongs in Saturday's slop...Five Pletcher horses work

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.

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra set to return in La Troienne on Oaks undercard

Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra is targeting Friday’s Grade II, $400,000-added La Troienne Stakes on the Kentucky Oaks (GI) undercard at Churchill Downs for her next start, majority owner Jess Jackson said by phone Saturday.

Ailalea gets her first Churchill Downs work for Pletcher ... Quiet Temper strong as she heads toward Oaks, but doubts grow for Romans' Sassy Image

AGE OF HUMOR – Twin Creek Farm’s Age of Humor, runner-up in the Bourbonette (GIII) on synthetic Polytrack at Turfway Park in her most recent start, turned in another sharp work over the traditional dirt surface at Trackside Louisville training center on Friday.  Now trainer Mike Maker hopes the daughter of Distorted Humor can somehow get lucky enough to find a way into the starting gate for the race.

Jill Byrne's Derby Update April 24

Saturday morning (4/24) update

Todd Pletcher worked five of his possible starters for Kentucky Derby 136 on Saturday morning, but his top Derby prospect, Wood Memorial and Fountain of Youth hero Eskendereya, will wait until Sunday to breeze. The track was sloppy.