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Churchill Downs Barn Notes


Tuesday, April 11

McCraken arrived at trainer Ian Wilkes’ Barn 26 at Churchill Downs Monday morning following a third-place finish in the Toyota Blue Grass.

“Everything looks good after the race,” Wilkes said today. “He’ll return to the track tomorrow morning.”

McCraken jogged at Keeneland Sunday morning, according to the Keeneland press office.

Brian Hernandez Jr. is confirmed to ride McCraken in the Kentucky Derby.

Other Kentucky Derby News

Blue Grass fourth-place finisher J Boys Echo returned to Dale Romans’ Barn 4 at Churchill Downs following Saturday’s race. He's expected to breeze two or three times prior to the Derby.

Hence and Local Hero, trained by Steve Asmussen, breezed Monday. Hence went a half-mile in :47.80 (6/17) while Local Hero, number 23 on the Derby leaderboard with 30 points, breezed a half-mile in :51.80 (16/17), according to the Churchill Downs clockers.

State of Honor settled in to Mark Casse’s Barn 36 Friday afternoon. Casse is scheduled to breeze State of Honor Sunday at 6:00 a.m.

Girvin is on target to breeze Saturday at Churchill Downs’ Trackside Training Facility, according to trainer Joe Sharp. Mike Smith has picked up the Kentucky Derby mount on Girvin with the defection of Hernandez.

Fast and Accurate is stabled in Mike Maker’s Barn K at Trackside. The 3-year-old colt is scheduled for a workout Saturday morning.

Edited Churchill Downs notes with additional content by Dick Downey

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