I’m catching up with a lot of the weekend goings on. Here are some notes:
Alpha: Still no word on who the rider will be. Rajiv Maragh appears to be the favorite seeing as he worked Alpha on Sunday, but Kiaran McLaughlin put on his dancing shoes when asked for a commitment.
Gemologist/El Padrino- Todd Pletcher’s plan to keep his Derby contenders in Florida due to supposed better weather clearly backfired. Gemologist had the better work of the two in the muddy conditions, although Pletcher said he wasn’t looking for much from either colt.
Union Rags- Mike Welsch from DRF believes he’s sitting on his best race based on Saturday’s work. Lots of talk about how washy the colt appears when he’s out on the track, but those that are familiar with him in the mornings know it’s normal.
Bodemeister- Consensus seems to be that while Union Rags stole the show Saturday, it was all about Bodemeister on Sunday. His daily routine gallops on the track did not impress, but he was a different mover Saturday.
Prospective- Welsch likes as long shot pick in Derby.
Went the Day Well- worked with blinkers and was much more focused and game.
Dullahan- Welsch thinks it appears synthetic surfaces are more suited for him. I have seen Dullahan gallop multiple times along the backstretch, and he seems to be moving very well over the surface.
Kentucky Derby News and Opinion
The case for and against all the horses (Courier Journal)
Fresh air, if not blue hair planned for Hansen on Derby day (Courier Journal)
Local trainer sends Rousing Sermon to Kentucky Derby (San Francisco Examiner)
Marengo horse owners have shot at winning Kentucky Derby (Chicago Daily Herald)
Iowan’s believe their horse Dullahan can win Kentucky Derby (Indianapolis Star)
Hansen on Hansen [video] (Cincinnati Enquirer)