LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The pressure of training a Kentucky Derby contender left the usually unflappable Sonny Hine a little ruffled yesterday.
Hine flew into an uncustomary rage when he thought exercise rider Tony Maeda was galloping his colt, Technology, too slowly.
With only two days until the Kentucky Derby, "he's messing everything up in one day," Hine said. "This is a race you can't lope into."
Hine screamed from an observation deck on the backside of Churchill Downs for Maeda to go faster.
But when Hine got back to the barn, he said he had to apologize to the rider.
"Tony was doing exactly what I had marked down for him to do," Hine said. "It was my mistake. I thought today [yesterday] was Wednesday, not Thursday. Now, I just have to remember which day is Derby Day."
* Allen Paulson, co-owner of Arazi, said his colt drew No. 11 on the program in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last fall and No. 11 on the Kentucky Derby program.
"I also flew my family from Lexington to Louisville this morning in a plane we call Nov. 2-2," he said. "Twenty-two is 11 plus 11. So if you're into numbers, I think we're getting lucky."
Shelley Riley, owner-trainer of Casual Lies, said she found a $20 bill yesterday in the Churchill Downs parking lot when she got out of her car. "Now that's luck," she said. "Of course, it cost me $20,000 to put my horse in the race."
* Neil Drysdale, trainer of A.P. Indy, got an emergency call at Churchill Downs yesterday from his stable crew at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif.
The track is located in the Los Angeles area where rioting and looting has broken out in the aftermath of the acquittal of the four policemen involved in the Rodney King beating.
"There is so much smoke at the track from the fires in the city that my assistant was afraid to work the horses," Drysdale said.
Hollywood Park later announced that it was canceling racing until tomorrow.
* Of the 19 starters in tomorrow's Kentucky Derby, 13 horses were bred in Kentucky, three in Florida and one each in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ireland.
* A total of 86 foreign correspondents have filed for credentials to cover Arazi's bid in the Kentucky Derby. But none of them is
from Dubai. Arazi is owned partly by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, a member of Dubai's ruling family.
* Arazi has even stolen the spotlight from rap star Hammer, whose horse, Dance Floor, is a Derby long shot. "I guess we'll have to share equal billing," said Rayetta Burr, Hammer's publicist.