Ken McPeek was tired, but not too tired to tweet about how Java's War is doing on Sunday.
“Java’s War came out of Blue Grass fine. Trainer is exhausted. Thank You for opportunity Mr Fipke. Special winning in my home town Lexington,' the message said.
Less than an hour after Java’s War’s win in the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass, Frac Daddy finish second to Overanalyze in the Grade I Arkansas Derby. It was a very good day for the trainer.
Beaten favorite Rydilluc, who finished fourth after leading the field past the eighth pole, came out of the race fine, according to Edward Fernandez, assistant to trainer Gary Contessa.
“He is good this morning. He ran a big race and only got beat less than two lengths,” Fernandez said. “He will stay here until probably later this week and then go to New York.”
Balance the Books
Trainer Chad Brown said Balance the Books was fine the morning after his sixth-place finish.
“He got a perfect trip,” Brown said. “He didn’t have any excuses. He put in a decent run midway through the race. He just wasn’t good enough.”
Brown said Balance the Books and Samitar (GB), third in the Jenny Wiley, would return to New York today with future races undetermined.
My Name Is Michael
Seventh-place finisher My Name Is Michael came out of the race well, said Rodolphe Brisset, assistant to trainer Bill Mott.
Uncaptured, Dynamic Sky
“We now have a new assignment,” trainer Mark Casse said of the duo that finished ninth and 10th, respectively. “They are both Queen’s Plate horses, and we can concentrate on that now. There is a million dollars out there to run at.” Casse said both colts came out of the race fine.
The Queen’s Plate, for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, is a $1 million race slated for July 7 at Woodbine going 1¼ miles.
Although he has enough Derby points to make the race, Casse told Churchill Downs today that Uncaptured won't be entered.
“The only thing that was hurt was their pride -- and ours,” Casse said with a chuckle. “Dynamic Sky will go to Woodbine, but I am not sure about Uncaptured. I thought Uncaptured had the perfect trip and Miguel had him right where he needed to be. But Uncaptured ran so well in his first start back that I was concerned "
“We were there. We gave it a try and now we go on to the next one,” trainer Josie Carroll said about eleventhth-place finisher Tesseron. She said Tesseron was fine the morning after the race and would return to her Woodbine base. The Kentucky-bred isn’t eligible for the Queen’s Plate, “but there are other races for him,” Carroll said.
West Hills Giant, Falling Sky
Trainer John Terranova said twelfth-place finisher West Hills Giant came out of the race fine
“He was hung wide most of the way, and Jose (Espinoza) said he didn’t handle the track well,” Terranova said. “He said when he asked him to run, he just kind of floundered on it.”
The day was not a total blank for Terranova as his Falling Sky finished fourth, less than a length out of second, in the Arkansas Derby and picked up 10 points toward the Kentucky Derby. Falling Sky has accumulated 30 points, which might be enough to earn a spot in the 20-horse starting gate.
“I thought he ran a great race, and it looked like the distance got to him a little bit at the end,” Terranova said. “I thought Martin (Garcia) rode him perfect. He will fly back to Churchill Downs today. We will go over it with the partners in the next few days.”
Trainer Wesley Ward said he likely would give Undrafted some time off following his thirteenth-place finish.
Footbridge, who finished last of 14, is scheduled to return to California, according to trainer Eoin Harty.
“We are going to regroup and figure out why he ran the way he did,” Harty said. “He looked comfortable and was moving well, but when the real running started he went backward.”
Edited Keeneland notes