For Arazi, day is full - of reporters

April 29, 1992|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Arazi was officially discharged from quarantine Monday night and transferred to Barn 45 at Churchill Downs at 7 a.m. yesterday.

He galloped a mile around the track with his exercise rider and groom, Raymond Lamornaca, and was in company with his constant companion, Akiko.

About 100 reporters and photographers watched him train and then cool out, but three or four times that number might be out tomorrow morning, when he is expected a work about a half-mile.

Head lad Fabien Gerard held an impromptu news conference and said that Arazi "is even better than [last] November," when he won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Trainer Francois Boutin is expected at the barn this morning.

* Casual Lies, who was considered a possible scratch, has apparently recovered from an allergic reaction to wood shavings and has been declared a definite Derby starter by his owner-trainer, Shelley Riley.

Casual Lies worked five furlongs in 1 minute yesterday morning. It was the first time he was ridden by his Derby jockey, Gary Stevens.

Stevens said he was impressed with Casual Lies. "People have questioned his quality, but he just keeps answering. He trained well yesterday morning. He has the right style because he has speed to get a position, and that's what it will take in a big field."

Casual Lies finished third in the Santa Anita Derby behind A.P. Indy and Bertrando.

Bertrando would have been the pacesetter in the Derby, but he (( was withdrawn after he came down with a temperature last week.

In his absence, possible pacesetters could be Pine Bluff, Pistols and Roses, Technology or Devil His Due, depending on post position.

* Sixteen of the 19 starters are at Churchill Downs.

Devil His Due and Snappy Landing are due to fly in today from New York.

My Luck Runs North is stabled at Keeneland and will be the last Derby starter to arrive when he ships in tomorrow.

Trainers are using a variety of training techniques to get their horses ready for the race.

Hall of Famer Allen Jerkens worked Devil His Due a stout mile in company at Belmont Park yesterday, four days before the race.

The Devil's Bag colt went in 1 minute, 39 2/5 seconds. He had just won a 9-furlong race, the Wood Memorial, about 10 days ago.

Other trainers are being easier on their animals.

Technology worked five-eighths of a mile in 1:00 2/5 Friday, a week before the race, and then will have only a quarter-mile breeze through the stretch this Friday.

It is the same pattern trainer Sonny Hine used in winning the Florida and Tropical Park derbies with the the Kentucky-bred colt.

* The purse for the Kentucky Derby is listed as $500,000-added.

If all 19 horses start, the gross purse will be $984,800. The winner will receive $734,800.

Weather this weekend is supposed to be sunny and warm.

* Kent Desormeaux is listed to ride long shot Al Sabin for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. But Lukas said yesterday that Corey Nakanti might get the mount on the son of Alydar.

Lukas is expected to make a decision today.

Al Sabin will run in the colors of Calumet Farm, which was purchased last month by the colt's owner, Henryk de Kwiatkowski, at a bankruptcy auction.

Calumet has bred nine Kentucky Derby winners, including Strike the Gold, who won the race last year.

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