Globalize forced out when pony retaliates

Kick gashes colt's leg, reduces field to 19

Notebook

May 05, 2000|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Kentucky Derby suffered its first defection yesterday when Globalize, a three-time stakes winner, was kicked by a pony during training at Churchill Downs.

About 8: 40 a.m., after galloping 1 1/2miles, Globalize was walking alongside his pony when, suddenly, the pony kicked him in his left hind leg just below the hock, opening a two-to-three-inch gash. His trainer, Jerry Hollendorfer, said the colt could not race with the injury, which required stitches.

"I'd just finished the gallop, and we were turning around and starting to walk back," said Mike Smith, his rider. "All of a sudden I heard a crack, and I knew my horse had been kicked."

Renee Wilkins was aboard the pony accompanying Globalize to and from the track.

"He's a bit of a tough one," Wilkins said of Globalize. "He tries to nibble on me or my horse all the time. Usually, it's fine, but this morning he bit my horse a little too hard, and he kicked him."

Globalize was 50-1 in the morning line despite winning the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park and two lesser stakes in California. He would have started from post No. 1. Now that he is out of the race, the other 19 horses will move in one starting slot.

For Hollendorfer, the incident continued his string of bad Derby luck. Despite being the most successful trainer on the NorthernCalifornia circuit, Hollendorfer has never started a horse in the Derby.

Two years ago, he trained the speedster Event of the Year, an early favorite for the race. But two weeks before the Derby, the colt injured a knee during a sizzling morning workout.

"I don't think I'm jinxed," Hollendorfer said. "This is something that just happened."

Question of trends

This will be the 126th Kentucky Derby. Every year, numerous historical trends come into play.

No favorite has won the Derby since Spectacular Bid in 1979. Fusaichi Pegasus is the 9-5 morning-line favorite.

No 2-year-old champion (a horse becomes a "champion" by winning an Eclipse Award) has won the Derby since Spectacular Bid in 1979. Anees was last year's 2-year-old champion.

The only horse to win the Derby without racing as a 2-year-old was Apollo in 1882. In this year's field, Curule, Trippi and Wheelaway did not race at 2.

All Derby winners since 1970 started their careers before Nov. 1 the previous year. Curule, Fusaichi Pegasus, Impeachment, Trippi, War Chant and Wheelaway started their careers after Nov. 1.

All Derby winners since 1971 raced at least twice as a 2-year-old. China Visit, Curule, Fusaichi Pegasus, Impeachment, Trippi, War Chant and Wheelaway raced less than twice at 2.

The last horse to win the Derby with only three previous starts was Regret in 1915. China Visit has only three starts, counting an unofficial "trial race" in Dubai.

The last horse to win the Derby with only four previous starts was Exterminator in 1918. Curule and Trippi have raced only four times.

Grindstone in 1996 was the first horse since Brokers Tip in 1933 to win the Derby with only five previous starts. Aptitude, Fusaichi Pegasus and Wheelaway have raced only five times.

The last horse to win the Derby, always the first Saturday in May, who did not race in April was Needles in 1956. China Visit and Curule raced only in a "trial race" in April.

The last horse to win the Derby with only two prep races as a 3-year-old was Sunny's Halo in 1983. Anees and China Visit (if you count his "trial race") have raced only twice this year.

The last horse to win the Derby without competing in a 1 1/8-mile prep race was Middleground in 1950. Commendable has not raced in a 1 1/8-mile race.

No Derby winner has ever raced exclusively outside the United States. Curule and China Visit have never raced in the United States.

The last horse to win the Derby as a member of the mutuel field was Canonero II in 1971. Deputy Warlock, Ronton and Wheelaway are members of the mutuel field.

"Dual qualifiers" frequently turn up in the Derby winner's circle. A "dual qualifier" is a horse weighted within 10 pounds of the high weight on The Jockey Club's annual Experimental Free Handicap and who also has a dosage index of 4.00 or less. The "dual qualifiers" this year are Anees, Captain Steve, Exchange Rate, High Yield and More Than Ready.

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