KENTUCKY DERBY NEWS
COREY NAKATANI PICKS UP EDDIE
• Corey Nakatani, who won 13 races from 174 mounts at the recently completed Santa Anita meeting (Dec. – April) will ride Canadian-bred SQUARE EDDIE in the Kentucky Derby a week from this coming Saturday.
SQUARE EDDIE jogged around the Churchill Downs strip yesterday.
• The New York Daily News reports that QUALITY ROAD’S quarter crack problem is “a done deal,” said hoof specialist Ian McKinlay.
Quality Road suffered the quarter crack to his right hind hoof during his track record-setting victory over Dunkirk in the Florida Derby on March 28. “It’s ice cold,” McKinlay said of the hoof. “He’s moving well and he’s ready to go.”
PROBABLE FIELD OF RUNNERS LISTED BY (Graded) EARNINGS:
• Note: Advice is still on the fence and if he does not race, Join In the Dance will draw in
# Horse Trainer Earnings
1 Regal Ransom Saeed bin Suroor $1,250,000
2 Pioneerof the Nile Bob Baffert $1,193,250
3 Square Eddie Doug O’Neill $804,981
4 I Want Revenge Jeff Mullins $774,000
5 Papa Clem Gary Stute $760,000
6 Desert Party Saeed bin Suroor $641,667
7 Quality Road James Jerkens $600,000
8 General Quarters Thomas McCarthy $595,645
9 Friesan Fire Larry Jones $570,465
10 Musket Man Derek Ryan $485,000
11 Hold Me Back Bill Mott $438,000
12 West Side Bernie Kelly Breen $385,160
13 Chocolate Candy Jerry Hollendorfer $370,000
14 Win Willy Mac Robertson $230,000
15 Advice Todd Pletcher $206,845
16 Dunkirk Todd Pletcher $150,000
17 Mine That Bird Bennie Woolley $138,705
18 Flying Private D. Wayne Lukas $124,000
19 Mr. Hot Stuff Eoin Harty $114,000
20 Summer Bird Tim Ice $100,000
*21 Join in the Dance Todd Pletcher $90,000
*22 Take the Points Todd Pletcher $85,000
*only 20 can start
KENTUCKY DERBY ANALYSIS
• Who has Cindy Pierson Dulay picked for this year’s Derby and what are the angles that are appealing for each horse? Check it out here: http://horseracing.about.com/od/triplecrown2000/a/aa042609a.htm
Ride the Rail
• THE RAIL blog, which offers some news, mostly views on anything Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown, has returned to the New York Times website.
Author Joe Drape runs the show with several other bloggers as contributors including Alex Brown, currently back at Woodbine galloping horses for Steve Asmussen. http://therail.blogs.nytimes.com/
SPRINTERS SET FOR JACQUES CARTIER
• Woodbine has a large card for Saturday racing – over 100 horses for 10 races including two stakes. While the stakes events offer the smallest fields, the JACQUES CARTIER, the day’s feature, marks the return of multiple Canadian champion JUDITHS WILD RUSH to Woodbine.
The big grey horse, owned by Harvey Tenenbaum, has been trained by numerous people over his career including Reade Baker, who is back training the horse. Baker was the trainer when the horses was champion sprinter in 2005 and 2006.
Curiously, the big guy has not sprinted in more than a year and has only actually sprinted twice in two years. An iron horse, Judith’s Wild Rush has been going steadily for 5 ½ years without much of a break. On Saturday he will seek his first win on synthetic dirt – he is 0 for 9 – and he was 2nd in this race 2 years ago to Stradivinsky.
FIELD FOR THE JACQUES CARTIER – SATURDAY AT WOODBINE
POST – HORSE – JOCKEY – TRAINER
1 – Disfunction – Emile Ramsammy – Julia Carey
2 – Legal Move – Patrick Husbands – Mark Fournier
3 – Stradivinsky – Corey Fraser – Kenneth Hoffman
4 – Wollemi Pine – Emma-Jayne Wilson – Ian Black
5 – Shadowless – Justin Stein – David Bell
6 – Timely Advice – Jim McAleney – Malcolm Pierce
7 – Field Commission – Tyler Pizarro – Daniel Vella
8 – Judiths Wild Rush – Eurico Rosa da Silva – Reade Baker
FORUMS ABUZZ WITH ONTARIO RACING COMMISSION RULING
• Stewards ruling for jockey thrown out – http://www.paceadvantage.com/forum/showthread.php?t=56857