The mud has settled after an exciting 14-race card Saturday at Truthful Grounds Race Course & Slots, with the TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) and Oaks (G2) within the rearview mirror. Each the native Derby and Oaks supplied 100-40-20-10 qualifying factors for the Could 1 Kentucky Derby Introduced by Woodford Reserve, and the April 30 Longines Kentucky Oaks, and a number of other of the highest finishers emerged with each races firmly on their calendar.
The connections for a number of of the foremost gamers had an opportunity to sleep on the outcomes, consider how their respective horses got here out their races, and plot a path to Churchill Downs. Truthful Grounds media caught up with a number of trainers Sunday morning to get their ideas transferring ahead.
Doug O’Neill, coach, Sizzling Rod Charlie (Leandro Mora was coach of file in Louisiana Derby) (1st): Charlie appeared nice this morning. He flies again to California on Tuesday. I like the spacing (six weeks) main as much as the Kentucky Derby. It is splendid. He is confirmed to journey nicely. I am very happy with my nephew Patrick (with Boat Racing). He is an actual good younger man and I am very excited for him and the entire house owners.
Scott Blasi, assistant coach to Steve Asmussen, Midnight Bourbon (2nd): Massive effort and he is one other horse (like Clairiere) that is simply going to proceed to enhance. I do not suppose distance will likely be a problem with him and the timing, again to the Derby, off this collection right here, there will likely be loads of time to clean up and run his greatest race. We’ll practice right here for per week and ship per week from Sunday (the 28th).
Greg Foley, coach, O Besos (3rd): All of us need to go ahead after yesterday. The one query we had was the space, and he answered that fairly good. He galloped out previous the winner. We have got 25 (derby qualifying) factors. If we obtained second, we would not have to consider it, however now we’ve got to hope we get in. we simply have to attend and see. I do not need to run him again (earlier than the Derby). I do not suppose it’s going to have an effect on our coaching. He is a dead-fit horse. We’ll get hello again residence subsequent week (to Churchill Downs) and we’ll simply wait and see. If it will get us in, nice, if it does not, oh nicely, we’ll go from there. I would prefer to attempt to get within the massive one and hopefully that can get it achieved. Not less than we’re not questioning any extra (in regards to the distance).
Mike Stidham, coach, Proxy (4th): He got here again in good situation. I’ll focus on it with the Godolphin crew and resolve which route we go in subsequent.
Brad Cox, coach, Mandaloun (6th because the 6-5 favourite): We could not give you any causes for the boring efficiency. We’ll get him again to Kentucky, see how he trains, after which go from there. I’ve considered it, however I believe proper now I will in all probability nominate him to the Lexington (G3, April 10 at Keeneland) and we’ll see. He was achieved on the half-mile pole, so I do not suppose the space was the rationale (he was so boring). He ran out of horse pretty shortly. He dealt with every thing within the paddock, so to indicate up and get beat by these horses we had run so nicely towards, that was clearly disappointing. He is not that unhealthy. We have been the favourite. It is nearly such as you’d prefer to see a motive or an excuse however we aren’t seeing it but. The six weeks (to the Derby) is nearly a blessing. I do not suppose it is a unhealthy factor. We’ll see how he trains. I am not going to alter an excessive amount of with him. He bounced out of it in fine condition, scoped good, no points. He’ll in all probability go to Churchill in some unspecified time in the future later this week.
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