LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Rick Wilson, who will ride Storm Tower in the Kentucky Derby, won't be the only Maryland jockey racing at Churchill Downs this week.
Mike Luzzi will be aboard Marathon Farm's Cormorant's Flight i the Kentucky Oaks on Friday.
Churchill Downs officials said the 3-year-old Maryland-bred filly trained by Ron Cartwright, has already been entered for the race, but as of late yesterday, the horse had not arrived.
L Cormorant's Flight faces Eliza and Aztec Hill in the Oaks.
Marked Tree possible
Tom Bohannan, who trains Kentucky Derby likely favorite Prairie Bayou, said that he is leaning 60-40 in favor of not running the horse's stablemate, Marked Tree, in Saturday's race.
"I'll work him this morning and then probably decide," Bohannan said.
Bohannan added that he plans to start Loblolly Stable's Sand Lizard, a recent fourth in the Oaklawn Handicap, in the $75,0000
Never Bend Stakes at Pimlico on Preakness Day.
Within five minutes of the 8:30 a.m. renovation break at Churchill Downs yesterday, six Derby hopefuls worked out.
Dixieland Heat, who showed a dislike for the wet track o Monday, breezed six furlongs in 1 minute, 15 1/5 seconds over a fast strip. But it was a bit slower than jockey Randy Romero had predicted the previous day.
Silver of Silver, winless this year, went the same distance in 1:1 2/5.
Three 3-year-olds -- Personal Hope, Mi Cielo and Wallenda - worked five furlongs in 1:01, 1:01 1/5 and 1:01 2/5, respectively.
Earlier Bull Inthe Heather went five-eighths in 1:01 3/5.
He and Personal Hope are big, strong colts and seemed to hav attracted large followings among observers here this week.