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2010 Derby and Oaks Notes - April 17

Also working for the Kentucky Oaks on Saturday was Fair Grounds Oaks runner-up Champagne d’Oro, who breezed six furlongs in 1:14 under jockey Miguel Mena … New York shippers Awesome Act and Eightyfiveinafifty jogged over the Churchill Downs track on the morning after their Friday arrivals at the track.

The $200,000 Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (GIII), the final prep race for the Kentucky Derby and the last chance for Derby hopefuls to collect graded stakes earnings to qualify them for the 20-horse Derby field, picked up two new potential starters on Friday in Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Florida Derby (GI) runner-up Pleasant Prince and WinStar Farm’s Drosselmeyer, a troubled fourth in the Louisiana Derby (GII) at Fair Grounds.


The one-mile race set for Saturday, April 24 at Churchill Downs has been revitalized by a record purse of $200,000 in the first year of a Derby Trial sponsorship by owner-breeder Robert LaPenta, who owned Grade I stakes winner and current stallion The Cliff’s Edge, who ran fifth to Smarty Jones in the 2004 Kentucky Derby.  Ken Ramsey told Blood-Horse that the Wesley Ward-trained Pleasant Prince would run in the Kentucky Derby if Pleasant Prince picks up sufficient graded stakes earnings in the Trial, which has a first-place prize of $120,000.  Pleasant Prince finished seventh in last week’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes over synthetic Polytrack at Keeneland following his near-miss on traditional dirt at Gulfstream Park in the Florida Derby.


Drosselmeyer, who is trained by Mott, tuned up for the Trial with a five-furlong work over Keeneland’s Polytrack surface in 1:02.40 on Saturday.  He covered the distance in splits of :13.40, :25.80,:37:40 and :49.50 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:15.40.


Other horses considered likely for The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial include Bay Shore (GII) winner Eightyfiveinafifty; Bay Shore runner-up Hurricane Ike; Aikenite, third in the Fountain of Youth (GII), Miner’s Reserve; Soaring Empire; Tiz Chrome, Wow Wow Wow; Crider; Game On Dude, Hear Ye Hear Ye and Silver Craft.  Trainer Dale Romans has said First Dude, third in the Toyota Blue Grass, was possible for the race.


LaPenta’s Miner’s Reserve turned in a blistering half-move on Saturday at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Derby Trial as he covered the distance for trainer Nick Zito in :46 – the swiftest clocking of 54 at the distance.


WORK TAB: (GOOD prior to the break, FAST afterward) – Alysheba (GIII) hopeful Bold Start breezed four furlongs over a “good” track in :47.60 … Flying Pegasus breezed five furlongs in :58.60, the fastest of 18 over a “good” track … Cool Bullet prepped for the Matt Winn with a four-furlong move over a “fast” track in :47.60.

 

 

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So, we have to wait until the outcome of the Derby Trial this Saturday to see who's in and who's out. Looks like Pleasant Prince or Drosselmeyer would have to win to get in.

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