Captain Bodgit and Capuano arrive in Louisville for Derby Wood winner to gallop today at Churchill Downs

April 16, 1997|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

The countdown began yesterday for Gary Capuano and Captain Bodgit as the Maryland trainer and his Kentucky Derby contender settled into Barn 40 at Churchill Downs.

Captain Bodgit arrived at the racetrack in Louisville about 4 a.m. yesterday. He left late the night before on a flight from Newark, N.J. -- near Aqueduct in New York, where on Saturday he won the Wood Memorial Stakes -- flew to Dayton, Ohio, and then rode in a van to the track where the 123rd Kentucky Derby will take place May 3.

Capuano, who drove to Louisville on Monday, said the brown colt walked off the van alert and apparently happy. He walked the shedrow for 20 to 30 minutes.

"Everything went great," Capuano said.

Among the horses already at Churchill Downs is Pulpit, who will vie with Captain Bodgit for favoritism with Derby bettors. Each horse has beaten the other once.

"It looks like probably he's the horse to beat," Capuano said of Pulpit, who on Saturday won the Blue Grass Stakes. "We beat him once. Hopefully, we'll come back on May and beat him again."

After a quiet day yesterday, Captain Bodgit will gallop for the first time on the distinctive Churchill Downs' racing surface. Trainers say there is none other like it. It has made losers of many, and helped create legends of a few.

Pub Date: 4/16/97

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