Kentucky Derby Notes: Anothertwistafate To Skip Derby, Point For Preakness

Trainer Blaine Wright said via text Tuesday morning that Peter Redekop’s Anothertwistafate would be flying back to his home base at Golden Gate in Northern California and train there for the Preakness (GI).

Anothertwistafate finished second in the Lexington (GIII) at Keeneland April 13 to boost his point total on the Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard to 38, good for 23rd that meant he would need three defections from horses above him to make the Derby field of 20 that is limited to the top 20 point earners and invitees.

Wright said that Anothertwistafate would train at Golden Gate and then fly to Baltimore the week of the May 18 Preakness.Anothertwistafate earned a berth in the Preakness by winning the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate in February.

On the track at Churchill Downs this morning, Joel Politi’s Serengeti Empress worked toward a likely start in the $1.25 million LonginesKentucky Oaks (G1) by breezing five furlongs in company in :58.20 over a fast main track with Tyler Gaffalione aboard for trainer Tom Amoss. The work was the fastest of 30 at the distance. 

BY MY STANDARDS – Chester Thomas’ Allied Racing Stable’s Louisiana Derby (GII) winner By My Standards had a scheduled walk day in Barn 23 at Churchill Downs following his six furlong-move in 1:12.80 Monday morning beneath the iconic Twin Spires.

“All good – just living the dream,” assistant trainer Tom Morgan said. Morgan is overseeing trainer Bret Calhoun’s shedrow along with longtime barn staple Dennis “Peaches” Geier while Calhoun attends the OBS sale in Florida.

COUNTRY HOUSE/TACITUS – Trainer Bill Mott had his two Kentucky Derby hopefuls on the track during the special 7:30-7:45 (all times Eastern) training window for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks horses.

Mrs. J.V. Shields, E.J.M. McFadden Jr. and LNJ Foxwoods’ Country House visited the starting gate and then galloped a mile and half with exercise rider Marianne Scherer aboard.

No rider has been confirmed for Country House, who was third in the Arkansas Derby (GI) in his most recent start.

“We are shopping around for a rider,” Mott said. “For right now it is Jockey No Boy.”

Juddmonte Farms’ Tacitus, who worked a half-mile in :50 on Monday, also visited the starting gate and then jogged a mile under exercise rider Juan Quintero with Mott alongside on his pony.

Mott also was pleased about Monday’s announcement that Royal Delta had been elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame.

“She was good and you tend to forget how good they were,” Mott said of Royal Delta, a six-time Grade I winner who captured the first of her two Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classics (GI) at Churchill Downs. “That (the Hall of Fame induction in August) will be fun.”

IMPROBABLE – A day after trainer Bob Baffert supervised a half-mile work at Churchill Downs, the colt who races for WinStar Farmand China Horse Club International and Starlight Racing had a quiet morning, walking the shedrow.

Improbable, the Arkansas Derby (GI) and Rebel (GII) runner-up, had worked four furlongs on a fast racing surface, with regular exercise rider Jose Contreras up, in 48 seconds flat on Monday. Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said, “All is well; we’re very pleased with everything.”

Barnes said there’s no decision on when Improbable’s Derby stablemates, Game Winner and Roadster, will arrive from Southern California. Baffert had said they were probably coming in April 24 or April 27.

LONG RANGE TODDY – Rebel (GII) winner Long Range Toddy had a scheduled walk day in Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen’sBarn 38 at Churchill Downs following his five-furlong breeze in 1:02.60 Monday. The colt is expected to return to the track Wednesday. 

MASTER FENCER – Katsumi and Yasuyo Yoshizawa’s  Master Fencer (JPN) was scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 1:30 p.m. CDT, according to Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby representative Kate Hunter.

Master Fencer will quarantine for a minimum of 42 hours in Chicago, then arrive at Keeneland Thursday and train Friday.

OMAHA BEACH – Fox Hill Farm’s Omaha Beach galloped a mile and a half under Taylor Cambra during the special Derby/Oaks training window.

Trainer Richard Mandella said Omaha Beach “probably would work Friday” when jockey Mike Smith is scheduled to be in town. Smith has ridden Omaha Beach to victories in a division of the Rebel (GII) and the Arkansas Derby (GI).

PLUS QUE PARFAIT – UAE Derby (GII) winner Plus Que Parfait jogged in the chute, then had a light one-mile gallop Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs.

Plus Que Parfait was once again ridden by trainer Brendan Walsh’s assistant Tom Molloy.

WAR OF WILL – Gary Barber’s Risen Star Stakes (GII) winner War of Will arrived at Churchill Downs at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to begin his major preparation for the Kentucky Derby.

Trained by Mark Casse, War of Will is stabled in Barn 36. 

ALSO-ELIGIBLES – Silverton Hill’s Sueno, now No. 23 on the Derby Leaderboard, jogged two miles under exercise rider Juan Diaz for trainer Keith Desormeaux.

SHAPING UP: THE KENTUCKY DERBY – Likely starters in the 145th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) to be run for 3-year-olds at 1 1/4 miles on Saturday, May 4: By My Standards (jockey Gabriel Saez), Code of Honor (John Velazquez), Country House (undecided), Cutting Humor (undecided), Game Winner (Joel Rosario), Gray Magician(undecided), Haikal (Rajiv Maragh), Improbable (Irad Ortiz Jr.), Long Range Toddy (Jon Court), Master Fencer (JPN) (JulienLeparoux), Maximum Security (Luis Saez), Omaha Beach (Mike Smith), Plus Que Parfait (Ricardo Santana Jr.), Roadster (FlorentGeroux), Spinoff (Manny Franco), Tacitus (Jose Ortiz), Tax (Junior Alvarado), Vekoma (Javier Castellano), War of Will (TylerGaffalione), Win Win Win (Julian Pimentel).

Next up in order of preference: Bodexpress (undecided), Signalman (Brian Hernandez Jr.), and Sueno (undecided) and Bourbon War(undecided).

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