HOT SPRINGS, AR - APRIL 14: Jockey Mike Smith rides Bodemeister to win the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park during the Racing Festival of The South on April 14, 2012 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
A summary of news items leading up to the 2012 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 5th.
The 2012 Kentucky Derby is only 10 days away and the top contenders are making their final preparations for the biggest horse race in America on Saturday, May 5th. Over the next week, most of the field will put in their final morning workouts, either at Churchill Downs or the track at their home base. Horses not yet in Kentucky are expected to ship to Churchill Downs by Tuesday, May 1st.
Below is a look at the Kentucky Derby items making news on Wednesday, April 25th:
- Bob Baffert's Liaison worked six furlongs at Churchill Downs on Wednesday morning, covering the distance in 1:12.92 over a main track labeled as "Good". Liaison was the only horse to work at six furlongs on the main track. Mike Welsh of the Daily Racing Form clocked Liaison on the gallop out at the 7/8ths pole in 1:26.58.
Liaison won last fall's G1-CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park.
- Isn't He Clever, second in the G3-Sunland Derby and eighth in the G1-Arkansas Derby, will not attempt to enter the Derby. Trainer Steve Asmussen is pointing towards the Preakness or the Woody Stephens for Isn't He Clever's next start.
- A minority interest in Bodemeister, the runaway winner of the Arkansas Derby and one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby, was sold to Southern Equine Stable by owner Ahmad Zayat. Bodemeister worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs on Tuesday morning in 1:00.80; third fastest of 23 to breeze the distance.
- One of the top contenders from the West Coast, Creative Cause (2nd in the G1-Santa Anita Derby) breezed five furlongs in 1:00.20 over the Cushion Track at Betfair Hollywood Park on Tuesday morning. Creative Cause was the fifth fastest of the 35 horses to work that distance on Tuesday.
- Daddy Long Legs, winner of the UAE Derby on Dubai World Cup night on March 31st, will ship to Kentucky from Ireland next Monday or Tuesday, according to trainer Aidan O'Brien. Daddy Long Legs finished 12th in last fall's Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs.