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Kentucky Derby Notes - Thursday May 5, 2005


Churchill Downs works

Workouts as seen from the barn area at Churchill Downs.

Cindy Pierson Dulay

GREELEY'S GALAXY - The $200,000 Kentucky Derby supplemental nominee, Greeley's Galaxy, walked under the shed this morning after having breezed five furlongs in 1:01.60 Wednesday for his trainer, 83-year-old Warren Stute.

The son of Mr. Greeley, victor in the Illinois Derby, will break from post position nine Saturday and is 15-1 on the Derby morning line. Kent Desormeaux has the call. Like several other entrants in the Derby, Greeley's Galaxy will school in the Churchill Downs paddock prior to the second race this afternoon.

HIGH LIMIT - Gary and Mary West's High Limit, who completed his significant preparation for the 131st Kentucky Derby with a half-mile workout in :48.20 Wednesday, walked under trainer Bobby Frankel's shed this morning.

High Limit, who was six lengths behind Bandini in the runner-up spot in the Blue Grass Stakes after winning the Louisiana Derby previously, will school in the Churchill Downs paddock prior to the second race this afternoon.

Post position six was selected for High Limit at the draw Wednesday and the Maria's Mon colt is 12-1 on the morning line. Ramon Dominguez rides.

SORT IT OUT - Sort It Out, 50-1 on the morning line for the 131st Kentucky Derby, galloped a mile and one-half this morning under exercise pilot Mick Jenner.

Sort It Out, second to Coin Silver in the recent Lexington Stakes, schooled in the Churchill Downs paddock Wednesday afternoon and acquitted himself well, according to trainer Bob Baffert. Brice Blanc, 18th on Ronton in 2000 in his only previous Kentucky Derby experience, rides Sort It Out, a stretch-runner who will break from post position one.

SPANISH CHESTNUT - The son of Horse Chestnut, expected to provide some speed up front for the Derby, galloped a mile and a half over the main track at Keeneland under exercise rider Rodolph Brisset. Trainer Patrick Biancone chose post 13 for the colt, owned by Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, after selecting 12th of 20. "I didn't really have much choice. I could have gone outside or inside, but I chose a spot nearer the middle," Biancone said. "It should be fine for him. He's doing very well here."

Spanish Chestnut, who set most of the pace in the Blue Grass Stakes that was won by the Tabor and Smith-owned Bandini, is one of the outsiders in this year's Derby, sitting at 50-1 on the morning line. Joe Bravo will ride him for the first time Saturday.

WILKO - The diminutive son of Awesome Again, who will be battling some demons in trying to win the Kentucky Derby, galloped a mile and a half Thursday morning under exercise rider Sergio Martin and then schooled at the gate.

The son of Awesome Again, owned by J. Paul Reddam and Susan Roy, won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last year, and no winner of that race has won the Derby. He's also been plagued by quarter-cracks, popping one before the Hollywood Futurity, when he ran third, and another before the San Felipe when he ran fourth.

"That all seems to be behind him now," trainer Craig Dollase said. "He's been perfect since the Santa Anita Derby. He ran a really big race there and got a lot out of it. "He's hitting on all cylinders now, and hopefully this is the year we break that Breeders' Cup Juvenile jinx."

Wilko, who stands just 15 hands, will be making his 15th career start in the Derby, 10 of them in England as a juvenile. He's been a consistently tough competitor throughout, finishing first, second or third in 11 of his 14 starts.

Wilko goes from post 14, the last spot in the main gate, and will have Corey Nakatani aboard. He was pegged at 20-1 on the morning line.

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From a Churchill Downs press release

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