Though Alpha, the Wood Memorial runner-up, did not ship to Churchill
Downs as originally scheduled on Monday, his connections remain
optimistic the multiple stakes winner can still make the Kentucky Derby
on May 5.
Kiaran McLaughlin, who trains Alpha for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin
Racing, said Monday that Alpha was treated last week for an infection
that came as a result of his suffering a few cuts on his left shin
during the early stages of the April 7 Wood Memorial. Jockey Ramon
Dominguez had to check Alpha going into the first turn of the Wood. The
horse recovered and ultimately ran a strong second, beaten just a neck
“The first four days he was fine,” McLaughlin said by phone Monday from
Lexington, Ky., where he was with family following the death of his
father, Ray McLaughlin, Saturday night. “He had a day or two with
infection. It’s okay now.