Desormeaux Says Demeanor Key
Keith Desormeaux is pretty excited that Exaggerator is pointing to the Kentucky Derby after a dominating win of the Santa Anita Derby on a sloppy track
“Here’s a news flash,” he said on Sunday after attending church. “Everything looks good this morning. I said after he was third in the San Felipe that maybe the reasons he didn’t finish were that maybe he was a miler, maybe it was one of those crazy bounce theories, but not now.
Desormeaux said he knows why Exaggerator ran so huge.
“I think his impressive win can be attributed to a combination of several things: his fitness, his pedigree, but most of all, his demeanor before the race. He’s never been a fidgety horse, but yesterday before the race he was calm and never turned a hair.”
Kent, at 46 three years younger than Keith, enjoyed a banner day, winning two other stakes.
Said Keith said of his kid brother, a member of racing’s Hall of Fame and a three-time winner of the Run for the Roses, with Real Quiet (1998), Fusaichi Pegasus (2000) and Big Brown (2008): “He just keeps coming back.”
Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. said Danzing Candy came out of his fourth-place finish after leading past the three-quarter mark in the 1 1/8-mile race in good order but had “no plans” on what might be next for the son of the San Felipe Stakes winner.
Sise called Exaggerator’s powerful closing run to a runaway victory “an Arazi-type move.”
Uncle Lino No Derby
Trainer Gary Sherlock said today that Uncle Lino, third in the Santa Anita Derby at long odds, “won’t run in the Kentucky Derby.”
Edited Santa Anita release