Daily Derby Update: Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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Edited by Dick Downey


ANOTHERTWISTAFATE -- Trainer Blaine Wright said via text today that Anothertwistafate will be flown back to California to train at Golden Gate for the Preakness. He'll be flown to Baltimore the week of the race.

BY MY STANDARDS – Louisiana Derby winner By My Standards had a scheduled walk day in Barn 23 at Churchill Downs following his six furlong-move in 1:12.80 yesterday.

“All good – just living the dream,” assistant trainer Tom Morgan said. Morgan is overseeing trainer Bret Calhoun’s shedrow along with longtime barn staple Dennis “Peaches” Geier while Calhoun attends the OBS sale in Florida.

COUNTRY HOUSE/TACITUS – A day after Tacitus breezed, Bill Mott had his two Kentucky Derby hopefuls on the track during the special 7:30-7:45 training window for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks horses.

Country House visited the starting gate and then galloped a mile and half with exercise rider Marianne Scherer aboard.

No rider has been confirmed for Country House, who was third in the Arkansas Derby in his most recent start.

 “We are shopping around for a rider,” Mott said. “For right now it is Jockey No Boy.”

Tacitus, who worked a half-mile in :50 on Monday, also visited the starting gate and then jogged a mile under exercise rider Juan Quintero with Mott alongside on his pony.

Mott said he is pleased about Monday’s announcement that Royal Delta was elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame.

“She was good, and you tend to forget how good they were,” Mott said of Royal Delta, a six-time Grade I winner who captured the first of her two Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classics at Churchill Downs. “That ceremony will be fun.”

GAME WINNER/IMPROBABLE/ROADSTER – A day after trainer Bob Baffert supervised a half-mile work at Churchill Downs, the colt had a quiet morning walking the shedrow. The Arkansas Derby and Rebel division runner-up worked four furlongs with regular exercise rider Jose Contreras up, in 48 seconds flat on Monday. Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said, “All is well. We’re very pleased with everything.”

Barnes said there’s no decision on when Improbable’s Derby stablemates, Game Winner and Roadster, will arrive from Southern California. Baffert had said they were probably coming tomorrow or Saturday.

LONG RANGE TODDY – Rebel division winner Long Range Toddy had a scheduled walk day in trainer Steve Asmussen’s Barn 38 at Churchill Downs following his five-furlong breeze in 1:02.60 Monday. The colt is expected to return to the track Wednesday.

MASTER FENCER – The Japan-bred and -based Master Fencer was scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 1:30 p.m. CDT, according to Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby representative Kate Hunter. Master Fencer will quarantine for a minimum of 42 hours in Chicago, then arrive at Keeneland Thursday and train Friday. He's set to arrive at Churchill Downs early next week.

OMAHA BEACH – Omaha Beach galloped a mile and a half under Taylor Cambra during the special Derby/Oaks training window. Trainer Richard Mandella said Omaha Beach “probably would work Friday” when Mike Smith is scheduled to be in town. Smith rode Omaha Beach to victories in a division of the Rebel and the Arkansas Derby.

PLUS QUE PARFAIT – UAE Derby winner Plus Que Parfait jogged in the chute, then had a light one-mile gallop. Plus Que Parfait was once again ridden by trainer Brendan Walsh’s assistant Tom Molloy.

WAR OF WILL – Risen Star Stakes winner War of Will, who finished ninth in the Louisiana Derby as the favorite, arrived at Churchill Downs at 12:30 p.m. Trained by Mark Casse, War of Will is stabled in Barn 36.


SUENO -- Number 23 on the Derby points leaderboard, Sueno jogged two miles under exercise rider Juan Diaz for trainer Keith Desormeaux.


By My Standards (jockey Gabriel Saez), Code of Honor (John Velazquez), Country House (undecided), Cutting Humor (undecided), Game Winner (Joel Rosario), Gray Magician (undecided), Haikal (Rajiv Maragh), Improbable (Irad Ortiz Jr.), Long Range Toddy (Jon Court), Master Fencer (JPN) (Julien Leparoux), Maximum Security (Luis Saez), Omaha Beach (Mike Smith), Plus Que Parfait (Ricardo Santana Jr.), Roadster (Florent Geroux), Spinoff (Manny Franco), Tacitus (Jose Ortiz), Tax (Junior Alvarado), Vekoma (Javier Castellano), War of Will (Tyler Gaffalione), Win Win Win (Julian Pimentel).


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22. Signalman - Brian Hernandez, Jr. last rode
23. Sueno - Corey Lanerie last rode
24. Bourbon War - Irad Ortiz, Jr. last rode