Concerto has joined Captain Bodgit at Churchill Downs, providing Marylanders with two rooting interests in the Kentucky Derby on May 3.
After a 12-hour van ride from John Tammaro III's barn at Laurel Park, Concerto arrived Monday in Louisville about 6: 30 p.m.
"He walked off the van playing," Tammaro said yesterday. "He's feeling real good."
Concerto warmed up for the Derby with a victory Saturday in the Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico. Tammaro said that after the race he talked with George Steinbrenner, who owns Concerto, and Mike Boyd, who manages Steinbrenner's horse farm in Florida. They confirmed that an effort to buy part of Concerto had failed, Tammaro said.
Overbrook Farm, which supplies trainer D. Wayne Lukas with horses, had tried to buy into Concerto before the Tesio. The transaction fell apart at the last minute.
So Tammaro, who lives in Howard County, and Gary Capuano, a Maryland native who trains Captain Bodgit, will share the spotlight this next week and a half leading to the 123rd Kentucky Derby.
Tammaro said Concerto walked around the shedrow yesterday and will trot around the Churchill Downs track today. He'll breeze (train at nearly full speed) Monday or Tuesday, Tammaro said.
"That's all he needs," the trainer said. "He's fit now."
Pub Date: 4/23/97