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From the Churchill Downs Media Team:
Churchill Downs officials were notified Thursday morning that UAE Derby (Group 2) runner-up Panadol would not travel to the U.S. to compete in the Kentucky Derby. Attached is the updated Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard.
SHAPING UP: THE KENTUCKY DERBY – Likely starters in the 147th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/4 miles on Saturday, May 1 in order of preference (with possible jockey and trainer): Essential Quality (Luis Saez, Brad Cox); Hot Rod Charlie (Flavien Prat, Doug O’Neill); Super Stock (Ricardo Santana Jr., Steve Asmussen); Like the King (Drayden Van Dyke, Wesley Ward); Known Agenda (Irad Ortiz, Todd Pletcher); Rock Your World (Umberto Rispoli, John Sadler); Bourbonic (Kendrick Carmouche, Todd Pletcher); Medina Spirit (John Velazquez, Bob Baffert); Midnight Bourbon (Mike Smith, Steve Asmussen); Mandaloun (TBA, Brad Cox); Caddo River (TBA, Brad Cox); Helium (Julien Leparoux, Mark Casse); Soup and Sandwich (TylerGaffalione, Mark Casse); Dynamic One (Jose Ortiz, Todd Pletcher); Sainthood (TBA, Todd Pletcher); and Hidden Stash (Rafael Bejarano, Vicki Oliver).
Possible starters within the Top 20 on the preference list: Concert Tour (Joel Rosario, Bob Baffert); Highly Motivated (Javier Castellano, Chad Brown); Crowded Trade (TBA, Chad Brown); and Rombauer (TBA, Michael McCarthy).
Next up in order of preference: Dream Shake (TBA, Peter Eurton); O Besos (Marcelino Pedroza, Greg Foley); Get Her Number (TBA, Peter Miller); Hozier (TBA, Bob Baffert); King Fury (Brian Hernandez Jr.); Hockey Dad (TBA, Doug O’Neill); Keepmeinmind (David Cohen, Robertino Diodoro); Nova Rags (TBA, Bill Mott); and Unbridled Honor (TBA, Todd Pletcher).
Out of race: Rebel’s Romance (IRE) (June 5 Belmont Stakes); Greatest Honour (rest); Life Is Good (ankle chip); Weyburn (May 8 Peter Pan); Panadol; Proxy; Drain the Clock (shorter distances); New Treasure (IRE); Spielberg (rest); and Jackie’s Warrior (May 1 Pat Day Mile).