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Two 3-year-old Thoroughbreds considered major contenders for the 136th running of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) were among a group of Derby hopefuls that arrived on Tuesday, April 13 at Churchill Downs.
A pair of candidates for the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) – Beautician and Tidal Pool – turned in workouts Tuesday, April 13 at Churchill Downs, where America’s premiere race for 3-year-old fillies will be run on Friday, April 30.
Trainer Ken McPeek said Noble’s Promise, a disappointing fifth behind Line of David in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (GI) at Oaklawn Park, is doing well and will ship to Churchill Downs Wednesday morning with a possible run in Kentucky Derby 136 in mind.
Stakes winner and multiple Grade 3-placed UH OH BANGO (Top Hit) is no longer on the Kentucky Derby (G1) trail, trainer Kory Owens said Tuesday. The Arizona-bred colt exited Saturday's fourth-place effort in the Arkansas Derby (G1) with a fractured left front cannon bone and will be sidelined for four-to-six months.
"He cooled out okay after the race, but the next day, we could tell something was not really right," Owens told Daily Racing Form. "He'll have a screw put in it. He should be out four-to-six months."
Veteran trainer Alan Seewald, whose promising three-year-old UPTOWNCHARLYBROWN (Limehouse) is expected to contest Saturday's Lexington S. (G2) at Keeneland, died in the early hours of Monday morning at his home in Middletown, New Jersey, according to published reports. He was 62. Although the cause of death has not been confirmed, a Monmouth Park twitter post mentioned that Seewald suffered a heart attack.
Dogwood Stable President Cot Campbell has announced that multiple Grade 1-placed AIKENITE (Yes It's True), who faded to eighth in Saturday's Blue Grass S. (G1), will not pursue the May 1 Kentucky Derby (G1).
Following Saturday's Derby preps, the Todd Pletcher colt ranked 24th on the graded earnings list with $221,750, and needed only three defections to get into the 20-horse field.
"Our Kentucky Derby hopeful Aikenite is off the Derby trail," Campbell said on dogwoodstable.com.
Tampa Bay Derby (G3) winner ODYSSEUS (Malibu Moon) exited his last-place finish in Saturday's Blue Grass S. (G1) with a bone chip, owner Satish Sanan told the Paulick Report Monday morning. The Padua Stables colorbearer, who was ranked 26th on the graded earnings list with $183,750, is thereby out of Kentucky Derby (G1) consideration.
WEST / ASHLAND WINNER EVENING JEWEL NOT DEFINITE FOR KENTUCKY OAKS – The $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies, sits atop the agenda of the owners of Evening Jewel, the winner of Keeneland’s Ashland Stakes (GI). But co-owner Tom Braly told Daily Racing Form that a trip to Churchill Downs is no cinch.