Derby contenders arrive at Churchill// Trinniberg unlikely, Drill ruled out// Reveron will sit out Lexington// Bodemeister gets Beyer bump

With all major prep races out of the way, the focus from mid-April to Derby focuses on workouts, defections, rumors of defections, jockey assignments, and arrivals of horses to Churchill Downs.  Sunday and Monday following the Arkansas Derby and Blue Grass brought all five of those things.  Wrote and Drill were both ruled out officially when they failed to join their stablemates on flights to Kentucky. That opens spots in the gate for Rousing Sermon and Mark Valeski.  It seems the chances of Trinniberg entering the Derby shrink with each passing day.  That’s good news for Todd Pletcher’s El Padrino who is next in line to join the field.  Just behind him in the standings is Reveron, who was scheduled to race in Saturday’s Lexington Stakes (G3) at Keeneland solely for the purpose of accruing more earnings. His connections opted to not force the issue and take the chance more will drop out// Still no decision on whether to run Prospective in the Derby, and it’s hard to guess when Mark Casse puts the chances at 50-50// Alpha, 2nd last out to Gemologist in the Wood Memorial (G1), did not ship as planned to Churchill Downs Monday due to an infection from cuts incurred in the race.  Although trainer Kiaran McLaughlin says the son of Bernardini is still on target for the Kentucky Derby, you don’t like to hear of any hiccups this close to May 5th. Instead of two workouts at Churchill ahead of the Derby, Alpha may only have one at Belmont// As for jockey assignments, everyone is waiting to hear from Ramon Dominguez who faces the tough choice between riding Hansen or Alpha. Considering the recent news on Alpha, you would have to think he’s leaning towards the 2-year-old champion// Sunday it was confirmed that Mike Smith will stay on Bodemeister and Garret Gomez will ride Smith’s previous engagement Daddy Nose Best// Speaking of Daddy Nose Best, the colt blazed 5-furlongs on the Churchill surface Monday morning in 1.00:20.  That was the fastest time of 20 workers and pleased trainer Steve Asmussen, who has penciled in subsequent workouts for the next two Mondays before the Derby// The top 3 finishers from the Arkansas Derby arrived safely at Churchill Downs Monday afternoon// Bodemeister’s Beyer speed figure from the Arkansas Derby was increased from 105 to 108, which not only makes him the fastest 3-year-old to run in 2012, but also the second fastest North American horse of 2012, period.  Steven Crist from DRF proclaims Bodemeister is “head and shoulders above his contemporaries”// more…

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Behind the scenes with Dullahan [video] (Behind The Scenes Blog)



Daddy Nose Best CD- 5F- 1.00:20- B- 1/20

News and Quotes from Twitter

“Trinniberg doubtful for Derby. Hero of Order must be supplemented; can't knock out a nominee. Looks good for El Padrino to get in”- Jay Privman via Twitter

Bob Baffert says Liaison to ship to CD "sometime next week" & Baffert will travel then, too. Drill back in CA, not in #KyDerby picture”- Derby Media via Twitter

Alpha did not ship to Ky this morning. Had infection as a result of cuts suffered in Wood. Connections still targeting Derby; ship on 4-30”- David Grening via Twitter

“Hamilton Smith reports Done Talking will work twice at Laurel (21 & 28) & van to CD on 29th. Sheldon Russell rides in #KyDerby”- Derby Media via Twitter