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Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®

Creator, Others Well....

4/17/2016

Hot Springs to Louisville

Arkansas Derby winner Creator is doing well will be flown to Kentucky Monday, said Elliott Walden, president/CEO and racing manager for WinStar Farm, which owns the gray son of Tapit.

“He came back good,” Walden said Sunday afternoon. “Everything’s great.”

Trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel said Suddenbreakingnews will be vanned Tuesday to Kentucky.

"You’ll probably see him in the entry box” for the Kentucky Derby," he said. "The only puzzling thing was Louie said he was struggling with the race track a little bit, and really didn’t start moving until they straightened away down the lane. Around the turn, I was really worried about whether he was going anywhere at all.”

Von Hemel’s only Kentucky Derby starter, Clever Trevor, finished 13th in 1989.

Whitmore, beaten 2 3/4 lengths by Creator, is also headed to the Kentucky Derby, Ron Moquett said Sunday morning. The trainer-part owner said Whitmore came out of the race fine physically and will be flown Monday to Kentucky. The gelding will spend two days in Lexington for oxygen therapy before arriving at Churchill Downs.

Moquett said Whitmore rider Irad Ortiz Jr. thought he might go down after the horse when Luna de Loco, “came over on him” about 100 yards out of the gate. The trainer said Whitmore lost position because of a “stumble” and was farther back than expected “after the race matured enough to where everybody was running full speed.”

“That horse is obviously a good horse,” Moquett said of Creator. “I’m not taking anything away from him. Yesterday, the horse that had the ability also had a trip that enabled him to do it. There’s something to be said about our horse being in trouble. I believe we’re not a trouble-prone horse, but three times in a row and you start thinking.”

Moquett said he hopes Ortiz Jr., the country’s top jockey this year in purse earnings, will ride Whitmore back in the Kentucky Derby. He also rode Whitmore for the first time in the Rebel.

“I like familiarity,” Moquett said.

The Arkansas Derby represented the first Grade 1 victory for Santana, 23, Oaklawn’s leading rider the last four years.

Winning trainer Steve Asmussen, who won with the first horse given to him by WinStar Farm, also won the Arkansas Derby in 2002 with Private Emblem and in 2007 with Curlin. However, he is 0 for 13 in the Kentucky Derby, with Private Emblem finishing 14th and Curlin third. He finished second with Nehro in the 2011 Arkansas and Kentucky Derbies.

Cupid Decision Pending

Cupid is booked on a Monday flight to Louisville.

Cupid has enough Kentucky Derby points with his Rebel win that he is assured a spot in the Kentucky Derby if connections decide to do it after his 10th-place finish in the Arkansas Derby.

“He's fine this morning and he'll fly out tomorrow,” said Jimmy Barnes, assistant to Bob Baffert. Barnes said he is headed home to Southern California or a few days before flying to Kentucky.

Edited Oaklawn release

 

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