Activity Rising Under Twin Spires
Japanese Invader Lani, who was bred in Kentucky, galloped six furlongs on the main track at Churchill Downs this morning. The colt is known for being a handful at times.
“He is getting used to the new surroundings very well,” said Keita Tanaka, agent for owner Koji Maeda. Maeda's is wife Yoko has been listed as the owner, but the colt will run under Koji’s name in the Derby.
“For the first few days, things were a little crazy, but he’s doing everything okay. All of the people here are treating us really well, which makes me happy.”
Tanaka said the son of Tapit would breeze Wednesday and that trainer Mikio Matsunaga would arrive Monday to oversee the UAE Derby winner’s Kentucky Derby final preparations.
Gun Runner schooled at the starting gate Thursday and galloped a mile following the renovation break.
Mo Tom, who breezed a half mile on Wednesday, will likely breeze again next Thursday, weather permitting, according to trainer Tom Amoss.
The Dale Romans-trained duo of Brody’s Cause and Cherry Wine also were out for exercise Thursday morning.
Kentucky Derby hopefuls based at Churchill Downs: Gun Runner (trained by Steve Asmussen, Barn 38), Brody’s Cause (Romans, Barn 4), Lani (Matsunaga, Barn 17), Tom’s Ready (Stewart, Barn 48), Mo Tom (Amoss, Barn 29), Fellowship (Mark Casse, Barn 36) and Cherry Wine (Romans, Barn 4). Oscar Nominated is stabled with trainer Mike Maker at the Trackside Training Center in Barn K.
Mohaymen is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Sunday around 10 a.m., according to Churchill Downs’ stall manager Steve Hargrave. Arkansas Derby participants could arrive Monday. Chad Brown’s duo of Shagaf and My Man Sam are scheduled for arrival on Tuesday.
Trainer Bob Baffert plans to send Mor Spirit to Churchill Downs on Friday, April 22, while Todd Pletcher is scheduled to send his charges, including Destin and Outwork, to Louisville on Monday, April 25.
With additional content by Dick Downey