Friday Morning's Derby Trail Notes

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10:41 am EDT

TV coverage, Quotable Quotes, and Highlights from updates to our Looking Good, Worth Watching and Just In Case pages. Refer to those pages for details.


Live coverage of the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” begins Saturday from 6:00 TO 7:00 p.m. EDT on NBC Sports Network with the Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby.


Four horses worked back from the March 16 Rebel, two of Wayne Lukas' and two of Bob Baffert's. Baffert's worked in company.

Dominick Schettino's ALWAYS IN A TIZ (Worth Watching) Thursday breezed for the second time at BEL for the Wood, five on the training track in 1:03.20 (10/11) at BEL.

Baffert's DEN'S LEGACY (Worth Watching) Thursday worked for the first time since he was third in the Rebel on March 16, four in :47.00 (1/26) at SA.

Lukas' OXBOW (Looking Good) Thursday breezed for the first time since he was second in the Rebel on March 16, six in 1:16.00 (1/3) at OP.

Baffert's SUPER NINETY NINE (Worth Watching) Thursday breezed for the first time since he was fifth in the Rebel on March 16, four in :47.20 (2/26) at SA.

Paul Aguirre's TIZ A MINISTER (Worth Watching) Thursday worked the second time since third in the San Felipe on March 9, six in 1:13.20 (1/8) at BHP.

Lukas' WILL TAKE CHARGE (Looking Good) Thursday breezed for the first time since winning the Rebel on March 16, four in :49.20 (10/62) at OP.


TRAINER EDDIE PLESA JR. ON ITSMYLUCKYDAY – “(Four-furlong workout in :49.40 on March 23) couldn’t have gone any better. He galloped out strong. Everything in his training since the Holy Bull has gone on schedule.”

TRAINER SHUG McGAUGHEY ON ORB – “I’m hoping to see a good race out of him. It doesn’t have to be a winning race or running to win, but if he shows us that he’s going forward and makes a good run, we’ll see what happens from there … One of the things that I like about what we’re doing right now is to see the improvement that this horse has made over the last two or three months. You know, the horse that won the Fountain of Youth, I think, is not the same horse that I’m seeing today … I just hope he hasn’t peaked yet, but I think he’s going in the right direction.”

CO-OWNER JACK WOLF ON SHANGHAI BOBBY – “As far as his first race as a three-year-old (second in the Holy Bull), from a numbers standpoint, it was his best race. So as far as I can see, and as far as (trainer) Todd (Pletcher) has told me as how he handles himself in the barn and his works, that he’s made the step in good order. So there again, a lot’s going to be told by this next race, but I’m happy where he is right now … You know, my expectations are as high as they’ve ever been.”

TRAINER KEN McPEEK ON FRAC DADDY – “We've got a couple shots to give him a chance to prove himself. And I think the Florida Derby is a good spot for him because he's going to run against some toughies … The horse didn't run as well (in the Holy Bull). It kind of knocked people's thoughts about how good he was, and we've got to get him back out there and prove it again with him.”

OWNER COT CAMPBELL ON PALACE MALICE – “Well, we thought (the Risen Star) was a great race, and I guess he got a little short. He got beat a half-length, but he’s always been a horse that indicated he wanted to go a route and we think he does. So we’re hoping with that mile and a sixteenth under his belt, he’ll be salty going a mile and an eighth.”

CO-OWNER PAUL HORNUNG ON TITLETOWN FIVE – “I think he's ready. I think he didn't like the track at Oaklawn (in the Gazebo on March 2), and I think he jumped out once, turning for home, and I think that may have cost him the race. But he's OK. Gary Stevens told me, ‘Paul, this horse is serious.’ … If we get to the Kentucky Derby, we may not be the favorite, but I don't care about that. But I can tell you one thing, no horse that's going to be running in the Kentucky Derby is going to like Churchill Downs more than my horse … Win or lose, this has been the greatest year of my life as far as enjoying myself watching the horses.”

TRAINER AL STALL JR. ON DEPARTING AND SUNBEAN – “Some people nominate all their horses to the Triple Crown right away, but we don’t do that. We waited until we thought these two horses were ready to take the next step and now we think they are ready to do that. Everything is looking good for both our horses on Saturday so we’ll keep our fingers crossed.”

ASST. TRAINER LEANDRO MORA ON HE’S HAD ENOUGH – “He’s a big baby. He still thinks like a baby. He likes to play; he likes to bite. He sometimes doesn’t concentrate and I think that may be why he’s lost a couple of races. There’s nothing else we can do now. He’s athletic. The Kentucky Derby is just around the corner and ‘Derby Fever’ is here … He needs to at least finish second to get in the Derby.”