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.
Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s reigning 2-year-old champion and Rebel Stakes (GII) winner Lookin at Lucky and the Sid and Jenny Craig Trust’s Santa Anita Derby (GI) winner Sidney’s Candy arrived at the home of the Kentucky Derby within minutes of each other after having shared a Sutton Fowarding Co. flight from Ontario, Cal. to Louisville.
The Bob Baffert-trained Lookin At Lucky was accompanied by stablemate Conveyance, Zabeel Racing International’s runner-up in the recent Sunland Derby (GIII) and winner of the Southwest Stakes (GIII) at Oaklawn Park’s Rebel arrived at Buffer’s regular Barn 33 in the Churchill Downs stable area around 5:45 p.m. (EST).
Both horses are expected to be on the track Wednesday morning to train toward the May 1 “Run for the Roses”, according to assistant trainer Jim Barnes. Baffert is scheduled to arrive in Louisville on Thursday to oversee the training of the duo. Also on the flight and van with Lookin at Lucky and Conveyance was Tiz Chrome, who is expected to compete in the $200,000-added The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (GIII) at Churchill Downs on Saturday, April 24 – the opening day of the track’s Spring Meet.
The homebred Sidney’s Candy, a winner of three consecutive stakes races for trainer John Sadler, arrived in the stable area a short time later on a separate van and settled into Barn 42. Awaiting Sidney’s Candy was Ike and Dawn Thrash’s Line of David, who scored a 17-1 upset in last Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (GI), He had travelled by van from Keeneland earlier in the day after having flown from Hot Springs, Ark. to Lexington on Monday. On the van with Sidney’s Candy was Michael Talla’s Crisp, winner of the Santa Anita Oaks (GI) and a contender for the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI).
Also arriving at Churchill Downs on Tuesday was Donegal Racing’s Toyota Blue Grass (GI) runner-up Paddy O’Prado, who is stabled in Barn 20. He travelled by van from Keeneland with Dale Romans-trained stablemate First Dude.