Let’s be honest: this year’s Derby was a madhouse between the track conditions and the 20 horse field, the chaos has extended to social media as fans and connections alike try to make sense of the previous day’s results. To dispel any nasty rumors and inaccurate reports, here are the most up-to-date information on the horses and their connections. This article will actively update as the information comes available, so stay tuned here!
According to Claire Novak on twitter- trainer John Shirreffs confirms that the AE (also eligible #21) that was scratched out from the Derby will head to the Preakness after he worked this morning at Churchill. Gary Stevens has the call.
According to the official Sano Racing Stables twitter account- Gunnevera came out in good shape. The race didn’t take much out of him and they haven’t decided what’s next for him just yet. A decision is possible by later on today.
According to Byron King on twitter- Louisiana Derby winner Girvin, 13th in the Derby, was well this morning (said his trainer Joe Sharp) but the Preakness is not in the books for him. He’ll be pointed toward a race in the summer.
According to many tweets by Alicia Wincze Hughes- Mark Casse says Classic Empire has swelling in his right eye. A quote from the trainer says that he can barely open it and that his eye condition will determine whether or not he makes the Preakness. He also has superficial cuts to his side but it, again, will be the eye condition that determines his Preakness chances.
According to Alicia Wincze Hughes- Trainer Ian Wilkes says that McCraken came out of the Derby with a puncture wound on his left side. No Preakness for him either.
Update as of 12:02- No Preakness or Belmont for McCraken. The puncture wound on the outside of left hind came from the rough start. He’s fine but he’ll need time to heal according to Wilkes.
Irish War Cry:
According to David Grening- Per Graham Motion, IWC came out of the Derby fine. He added that his gut instinct is to skip the Preakness and likely just train him into the Haskell.
Lookin At Lee:
According to Alicia Wincze Hughes- Trainer Steve Asmussen says all good with LAL. He’s very probable for the Preakness.
According to Alicia Wincze Hughes- All good with Derby winner Always Dreaming this morning. He’ll likely ship to Baltimore on Monday.
According to Alicia Wincze Hughes- Trainer Chad Brown confirmed that PJ and all of his entrants are fine this morning. Practical Joke will likely get shortened up from here on.
The official statement from Godolphin on Saturday Night:
“Thunder Snow walked back to the stables where he was checked by the vets on course and initial reports suggest that he appears to be sound. We will closely monitor him over the next 24 hours to ensure that he is OK. Our first priority is his welfare. He worked well all week and we were very happy with his progress. We want to thank everyone for their support this week. We gave it our best. The team was amazing but it just wasn’t to be. Congratulations to the winning horse and the connections of Always Dreaming.”
Full Order of Finish:
Everyone mentioned here as a source either works for BloodHorse or is the official connections for the animal. No fan-pages or unofficial chatter is included.
For the compete Derby write-up, follow this link to get a detail report on all the contenders: https://twitter.com/DerbyMedia/status/861239371328106497