Art Collector, who figured to be one of the leading players in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI), is out of the race after a minor injury to his left front foot.
South Bend was a late addition to the fray, bringing the field back to 18.
Barclay Tagg trainee Tiz the Law arrived in Louisville via air shortly after 9:00 this morning and arrived at Churchill Downs after training hours at 10:30.
Also arriving from New York on the same flight were Ny Traffic and Money Moves.
ART COLLECTOR – Bruce Lunsford’s homebred colt Art Collector, winner of the Blue Grass Stakes (GII) on July 11, was declared out of the 146th Kentucky Derby Tuesday morning because of a minor injury to his left front.
The son of Bernardini nicked the bulb of his left front heel with a hind hoof while galloping Monday at Churchill Downs. Because of horse racing strict medication rules, the horse could not be treated with an anti-inflammatory this close to the race.
“He grabbed himself yesterday morning training,” trainer Tommy Drury said. “It was still very sensitive this morning. When I took my thumbs to palpate the bulbs of his heels, you could still tell it was pinching him. I had to make a choice. Your horse has to always come first. To run in a race of this caliber and trying to compete against the best 3-year-olds in this country, you’ve got to be 110 percent.”
Art Collector was widely considered the biggest threat to Belmont and Travers Stakes winner Tiz the Law heading into Saturday’s 1 ¼-miles classic, coming into the race off a 3 ¼-length victory in the Ellis Park Derby on Aug. 9.
“We didn’t want to take any chances with a horse potentially this good,” Lunsford said. “The Derby means an awful lot to me, so it’s been kind of a tough day and night. But the horse is always the most important thing in all these things. We’ll get another chance to have another day. We’ll try and make it to the Preakness and maybe from there, the Breeders’ Cup.”
Art Collector has been unbeaten in four starts this year since joining Drury’s barn, including two victories at Churchill Downs.
ATTACHMENT RATE – Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister’s Attachment Rate continued his regular training at 9 a.m. for trainer Dale Romans. The colt drew post No. 13 in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.
“I always like to have horses on either side of us and we’ve got that,” Romans said. “It’s always special to run in the Kentucky Derby – it’s the race everyone wants to win. As John Asher always told me, ‘There’s a trophy with your name on it.’”
AUTHENTIC – Grade 1 winner Authentic joined his Bob Baffert-trained stablemates in getting a feel for the Churchill Downs track for the first time Tuesday morning when he jogged beneath the Twin Spires during the special 7:30 a.m. training period for Oaks and Derby horses.
Authentic was on the flight that arrived to Louisville from California Monday afternoon and settled in without issue his first evening in the Bluegrass. The son of Into Mischief worked six furlongs in 1:12.40 at Del Mar on Sunday.
ENFORCEABLE – John Oxley’s Enforceable may have already put in his final major breeze in advance of the Kentucky Derby this past weekend but assistant trainer David Carroll joked that the colt continues to give him a workout during their time on the track each morning.
The son of Tapit put in another strong gallop Tuesday morning, testing the strength in Carroll’s arms as they headed out during the special 7:30 a.m. training period for Oaks and Derby contenders.
“It was a good workout, put it that way,” Carroll said with a laugh. “But he’s doing great. He just wants to do more than what I let him do. Hopefully he saves that energy for Saturday.”
FINNICK THE FIERCE – With trainer and co-owner Rey Hernandez in the irons himself, Finnick the Fierce put in a spirited gallop in his first morning at Churchill Downs after vanning over from The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington.
“He went good, I was happy with his gallop,” Hernandez said. “He’s had two really good races at this track and I think one of his best races was here when he ran second in the Jockey Club Stakes. So I think he likes this track and the distance should be in our favor.”
HONOR A. P. – C R K Stable LLC’s Honor A.P., who arrived late Monday afternoon from California, had his first gallop over the Churchill track Tuesday morning at 7:30 and a few hours later was installed as the 5-1 second choice on the Kentucky Derby morning line after drawing post position 16.
“I just talked to (jockey) Mike (Smith) and he’s happy with it,” trainer John Shirreffs said. “I think it’s O.K. There’s a long run to the first turn and I don’t have to worry about getting pushed down on the outside.
“He’s doing really well. He shipped in well. He got off the van here at Churchill Downs and looks very good.”
KING GUILLERMO – Victoria’s Ranch’s King Guillermo galloped 1 ½ miles at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday under exercise rider Edgar Garcia.
“I sort of had that awe-inspiring feeling when I walked into Yankee Stadium for the first time as a player, but Churchill Downs is better,” owner Victor Martinez said.
MAJOR FED – Lloyd Madison Farm’s Major Fed galloped 1 ½ miles at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday with Margarito Fierro in the saddle.
“He’ll have a couple more good gallops and be ready for Saturday,” trainer Greg Foley said.
Major Fed drew post No. 5 in Saturday’s “Run for the Roses.”
MAX PLAYER – George Hall and SportsBXL Thoroughbred’s Max Player walked the shedrow of Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn Tuesday, one day after completing his final major preparation with a half-mile breeze in :49.80 Monday.
Max Player was moved to the Asmussen barn just after his third-place finish behind Kentucky Derby favorite Tiz the Law with the hopes that the winningest trainer in Churchill Downs history could get him ready for the “Run for the Roses.” The trainer has spent the last three weeks getting to know his new charge.
“Under these circumstances, I was very familiar with the horse because of the type of races he’s been competing in. After the conversations about taking over his training, the first thing I did was watch all his videos, his workouts as well as all his races.
“I was extremely happy with how he came in. He rests well, he eats well. I think we’ve been able to do everything we wanted to do to get him ready for the Derby.”
MONEY MOVES – Robert LaPenta and Bortolazzo Stable’s Money Moves arrived at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning from Saratoga.
Trained by Todd Pletcher who is not coming to Louisville, Money Moves will be stabled in Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas’ barn.
MR. BIG NEWS – Allied Racing’s $200,000 Oaklawn Stakes winner Mr. Big News jogged a mile Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. for trainer Bret Calhoun.
Calhoun reported the colt would likely train at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
NECKER ISLAND – Raymond Daniels, Wayne Scherr and Will Harbut Racing Stables’ Necker Island jogged in the mile chute stood in the starting gate and then galloped two miles under exercise rider Hillary Hartman.
Trained by Chris Hartman, Necker Island completed his major training for Derby 146 last Friday when he worked a half-mile in :48.40 under jockey Miguel Mena who was aboard for the first time.
“It was a good work,” said Mena, whose only other Derby ride came in 2010 aboard Backtalk. “He broke off about five lengths behind his workmate and we came through on the rail like Chris wanted me to. I got a good feel for him.”
NY TRAFFIC – Haskell Invitational runner-up Ny Traffic arrived at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning after a Tex Sutton flight from Albany, New York that also brought Money Moves and Kentucky Derby morning line favorite Tiz the Law.
SOLE VOLANTE – Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Andie Biancone’s Sole Volante went out to train at 7:30 a.m. and jogged 1 ¼ miles with his co-owner in the saddle. Andie Biancone, the 23-year-old daughter of trainer Patrick Biancone has been wearing all three hats – owner, trainer and exercise rider – since arriving Sunday from South Florida with the horse, but expects to turn over the morning riding to the gelding’s regular jockey Luca Panici later this week.
“He’s feeling really good,” Biancone said. “He’s fresh.”
SOUTH BEND – Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable, Peter Deutsch and Pantofel Stable’s South Bend, fourth in the Travers in his most recent start, was a last-minute addition to the Derby 146 field Tuesday morning.
STORM THE COURT – David Bernsen, Exline-Border Racing, Dan Hudock and Susanna Wilson’s Storm the Court galloped a mile under Thomas Dubaele, assistant to trainer Peter Eurton.
The 2-year-old champion of 2019 arrived at Churchill Downs on Monday afternoon from Southern California. Julien Leparoux has the mount.
THOUSAND WORDS – Thousand Words, winner of the Shared Belief Stakes on Aug. 1, put in an easy jog under the watch of assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes in his first morning at Churchill Downs.
Several representatives from Spendthrift Farm, which co-owns Thousand Words along with Albaugh Family Stables, were on hand to watch the son of Pioneerof the Nile as he got his first feel for the track for trainer Bob Baffert.
TIZ THE LAW – Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law, the overwhelming favorite for Kentucky Derby 146, arrived at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning from Saratoga.
Barclay Tagg, who saddled 2003 Derby winner Funny Cide for Sackatoga, trains Tiz the Law.
WINNING IMPRESSION – West Point Thoroughbreds’ and Pearl Racing’s graded stakes placed Winning Impression galloped about 1 ½ miles Tuesday under exercise rider Emerson Chavez.