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Trained by Pat Byrne and ridden by Rosie Napravnik, Take Charge Indy covered the mile and a sixteenth on a fast main track in 1:41.47. Cyber Secret, ridden by Robby Albarado, finished second, but was placed eighth by the stewards for interference into the run to the first turn. Hynn Book, who finished a length behind Cyber Secret, was elevated to second and Bourbon Courage was moved up to third.
Trained by Tom Amoss and ridden by Garrett Gomez, So Many Ways covered the seven furlongs on a fast main track in 1:22.84.
Trained by Mike Maker and ridden by Joel Rosario, Kitten’s Dumplings covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm Matt Winn Turf Course in 1:41.24. Kitten’s Dumplings gave the Ramseys their second consecutive victory on the Edgewood, having won with Stephanie’s Kitten last year.
Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, Authenticity covered the mile and a sixteenth on a fast main track in stakes-record time of 1:42.09. The previous stakes record was 1:42.43 set by Shadow Cast in 2005.
He's a Kentucky Derby neophyte with the weight of the racing world on his shoulders, yet Kevin Krigger is not lacking for confidence. Far from it. Krigger is firm in his belief that he's the right man at the right time, to both win the Kentucky Derby in his first attempt and return a black jockey to the Derby winner's circle for the first time in more than a century.
“We noticed a little swelling in the ankle this morning, previous to training,” Breen said. “It brought major concern right away. He went out, he trained, he did gallop. He came back and was, say, a one out of five lameness.”
X-rays were scheduled for after training hours, shortly before the 9 a.m. scratch time deadline. A scratch announced before 9 a.m. would have allowed also-eligible Fear the Kitten to draw into the field.
“He actually looked pretty good training this morning,” Breen said.
CHARMING KITTEN/OVERANALYZE/PALACE MALICE/REVOLUTIONARY/VERRAZANO – “We’re 100% done. We’ll leave well enough alone from here.”
That was trainer Todd Pletcher’s take on things surrounding his five Kentucky Derby (GI) entrants as they filed off the Churchill Downs racetrack Friday morning after turning in their final gallops prior to their Saturday date in America’s classic.
There is a late scratch from Kentucky Derby 139. #1 Black Onyx has been scratched from Saturday’s 139th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands. Again, a late scratch from Kentucky Derby 139 - #1 Black Onyx will not run. Stewards have decided that the #1 slot in the starting gate will be left open in the Kentucky Derby starting gate and the remaining 19 horses in the Derby field will start from the post positions they drew in Wednesday’s post draw.
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Among the many factors that can affect a horse's performance in the Kentucky Derby, some say that post position is among the most vital. And yet other horsemen say post position doesn't matter a lick.
The truth – and the best post positions in Saturday's 20-horse field – likely lie somewhere in the middle.
D-Day Veterans to Visit Kentucky Derby 139 Contender Normandy Invasion at Barn 42 On Kentucky Oaks Morning At 8:30 A.M.
Fox Hill Farm owner Rick Porter invited the Normandy veterans to attend the 2013 Kentucky Derby as his guests, and Porter will welcome the group for visit with Normandy Invasion at Churchill Downs’ Barn 42 at 8:30 a.m.