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Wilkinson, Machen, Prime Cut All Well

3/27/2011

Assistant trainer Rick Giannini of trainer Neil Howard’s barn reported that their 3-year-olds are all fine today.

Machen and Wilkinson, fifth and sixth in the Grade II Louisiana Derby, both came out of the race in good order.

“They’re both fine,” said Giannini. “Machen got a little tired, and Wilkinson got a little too far back early, but then he came running. Maybe he can be like his daddy (Lemon Drop Kid) and go on and win the Belmont Stakes.

“As for Prime Cut, he ran huge,” said Giannini, “and he’s doing fine this morning, too.”

Prime Cut beat Adele Dilschneider’s highly regarded Bind by three-quarters of a length in Saturday’s fourth race on the Louisiana Derby Day program.

As for Bind and Left, the latter seventh in the Louisiana Derby: “All the horses are fine, we think,” trainer Al Stall, Jr. said today, “and they’re all going to run back probably at Churchill and probably in just regular races. There’s no book out yet, so we don’t have anything definite planned.”

--Edited from track notes

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