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Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®

Maker Discusses Plans; Other Derby News


Vicar's in Trouble worked five furlongs, breezing, in 1:00.40 on Saturday at Trackside Louisville. Meanwhile, trainer Mike Maker was asked whether he’d have three starters in the Kentucky Derby.

"He worked very well and was well in hand," said Maker. "He had a nice gallop-out, which is what we were looking for, and everything was perfect.”

Maker, who’s failed to hit the board with five Derby starters since 2010, said the Louisiana-bred winner of the Louisiana Derby would likely breeze again next Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Florida Derby third finisher General a Rod is slated for breeze at Churchill Downs either Tuesday or Wednesday, Maker said.

Maker, a five-time training champion at Churchill Downs, could have a third Derby starter in Spiral Stakes runner-up Harry's Holiday. After Cairo Prince was withdrawn, Harry's Holiday stood at number 21 on the Derby points leaderboard with 20 points and $152,622 in non-restricted stakes earnings.

"We'll see if he gets in," Maker said. "I'll have to talk to the connections and go from there but I'm sure they'll want to run if they can get in. If that's the case, then he'll work Saturday at Churchill, too."

Most recently, Harry’s Holiday finished 13th in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

Other Derby Training

Saturday was the first day of exclusive training for Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders during the reserved window freom 8:30 to 8:45 a.m. Gallopers included Chitu, Danza, Medal Count and Ride on Curlin.

Trainer Todd Pletcher said he was particularly fond of 41-1 Arkansas Derby surprise Danza.

"I loved the way he trained this morning," Pletcher said. "He looked dynamite out there today. So hopefully, the next couple of weeks go as well as the last one did.

"I think he got lost in the shuffle a little bit and most people that went back and looked at his PP’s after he won the Arkansas Derby were like 'This horse really hadn't done anything wrong.'

“Trying to get to that two-turn race, we felt the best way was to start back in a seven-furlong allowance. I think it set him up well for it, but I was still pleasantly surprised at how well he handled the mile-and-an-eighth. He finished up really strongly and had his legs up underneath him at the end and galloped out strongly. That's encouraging stuff for here."

Shipping News

Candy Boy will ship to Churchill Downs on Monday along with the Bob Baffert-trained Hoppertunity.

A Tuesday flight originating from Palm Beach, Fla. will include Intense Holiday, We Miss Artie and Wildcat Red.

California Chrome, the points leader and early Derby favorite, will remain in Southern California until April 28 and be accompanied by Blue Grass winner Dance With Fate. A New York flight on April 28 will include Samraat, Uncle Sigh and Wicked Strong.

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