Derby Preps Crank Up
Talkin Man was flown from Lexington, Ky., to New York to run in today’s Wood Memorial, where he is the 4-5 favorite. Thunder Gulch, who arrived in Louisville, Ky., from California last Tuesday with his trainer D. Wayne Lukas and stablemates Timber Country and Tabasco Cat, will ship by van today to Lexington, where he is an 8-5 pick to win the Blue Grass Stakes.
Amid the traveling, Suave Prospect galloped Friday morning on the track at Keeneland and waited for the final dress rehearsals for the Kentucky Derby. They are the Wood at Aqueduct and the Blue Grass at Keeneland, both worth $500,000, both at a mile and an eighth, both major springboards to Churchill Downs, where today’s winners and some losers will gather on May 6 for America’s most prestigious horse race.
Neither weather nor post position was considered likely to affect either race. Talkin Man was assigned the No. 2 stall in the starting gate for the Wood, while Suave Prospect drew No. 2 and Thunder Gulch No. 4 in the Blue Grass. ESPN will air the Blue Grass at 12:40 p.m. PDT.