McAnally taps Olympio for Preakness Ark. Derby winner to miss Saturday race

May 03, 1991|By Marty McGee | Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- For the people closely connected with Dinard and Cahill Road, the "what-ifs" of the 117th Kentucky Derby never will be answered.

The same goes for Olympio, the Arkansas Derby winner, who was not entered yesterday. But the reason was not injury, as was the case for Dinard and Cahill Road.

Trainer Ron McAnally had the luxury of choosing between Olympio and Sea Cadet for owner Verne Winchell. The deciding factor, McAnally said, was that the two-week period between the Arkansas Derby and tomorrow's race was simply not long

enough.

The move may not pay off in the Derby, in which Sea Cadet is a 10-1 shot. But in two weeks, McAnally believes Olympio could well become the first non-Derby starter to win the Preakness since Deputed Testamony in 1983.

"Everybody else tends to get pretty drained from the Derby," said McAnally. "The reason for not running Olympio in the Kentucky Derby is definitely to win the Preakness."

* An impressive collection of racing and sports trophies and awards is on display at the Kentucky Derby Museum, where yesterday's post position draw was held.

The exhibit contains a sampling of every important athletic achievement.

Displayed most prominently was the Woodlawn Vase, reported to be the most valuable trophy in American sports, with an appraised value of over $1 million. Made by Tiffany's in the 19th century, the Woodlawn Vase was in the museum on loan from Pimlico, where it has served as the Preakness trophy since 1917.

The Woodlawn Vase was to be shipped back to Baltimore yesterday in a Brinks truck.

* As Quintana returned from his morning gallop yesterday, he and trainer David Cross passed by Wayne Lukas, who was doing his usual entertaining of the media.

"Hey, when you enter today, don't forget to put me down for assistant trainer," said Lukas, laughing. "Did you put me down? Be sure to put me down."

Turning back to the media, Lukas said, "Some kind of charity there, I tell you."

Cross claimed Quintana from Lukas earlier this year from a race at Santa Anita for $50,000. The colt went on to win the Rebel Stakes and finish fourth in the Arkansas Derby.

* Jockey Chris Antley remembers vividly the 1988 Derby in which he rode the Maryland colt, Private Terms.

Trained by Charlie Hadry, the colt was the 3-1 favorite after entering the race unbeaten.

"By the time we hit the backstretch, I knew we weren't going to get anything," said Antley. "It was very disappointing."

* One of the most revered personalities in racing was present for yesterday's draw. Jimmy Jones, 84, who trained Whirlaway to win the Derby 50 years ago, was given a warm reception by the large crowd.

* Hansel's jockey, Jerry Bailey, when asked where he hopes to find himself during the early stages of the race: "On his back, hopefully."

Museum pieces

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Some of the trophies and awards on display at the Kentucky Derby Museum:

* Pittsburgh Steelers' four Super Bowl trophies

* One of Brooks Robinson's 16 Gold Glove awards

* Los Angeles Lakers NBA championship trophy

* NCAA championship plaques for Louisville and Kentucky

* Rick Mears' Indianapolis 500 trophy

* Fuzzy Zoeller's Masters' green blazer

* Greg LeMond's Tour de France yellow jersey

* Muhammad Ali's WBC heavyweight title belt

* Four Olympic gold medals, including one of swimmer Mary T. Meagher's

* Wayne Gretzky's Hart, Ross and Stanley Cup trophies

* Pittsburgh Pirates' 1971 World Series trophy

* Gaylord Perry's Cy Young Award

* Paul Hornung's Heisman Trophy

* The Davis Cup

* Tamara McKinney's World Cup skiing trophy

* Trophies for all major horse races, including Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes

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