Kentucky Derby doings

The latest from Louisville …

* Square Eddie, runner-up in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and a colt who was attracting a lot of attention after his big effort in the Lexington Stakes on April 18, is out of the Derby. He re-aggravated a cannon bone injury and is sidelined indefinitely. Trainer Doug O’Neill doesn’t think the injury is serious, but it should lay him up for a while.

* I Want Revenge (pictured), impressive winner of the Gotham Stakes and Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, turned in his final Derby work Tuesday morning, moving four furlongs in 47.34 seconds with jockey Joe Talamo aboard.

* With Square Eddie out, the Todd Pletcher-trained Take the Points, a disappointing fourth in the Santa Anita Derby on April 4, is now in. Who knows, maybe he doesn’t like synthetics and will fire big on Derby Day. Remember, Charismatic finished fourth in the Santa Anita Derby and then won the Run for the Roses and Preakness in 1999.

* Dunkirk, who many onlookers pick to win the 135th Derby despite the fact he’s raced only three times, arrived at Churchill Downs today and is scheduled to hit the track Wednesday morning. Pletcher, despite all his Eclipse Awards as the nation’s outstanding trainer, is 0 for 21 in the Derby.


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