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Final Derby Prep

Date: 04/26/2002

Mayakovsky will be part of the favored Michael Tabor entry in the Derby Trial.

The Derby Trial is the final Derby prep but it isn't really a prep anymore. It has been decades since a Derby winner came out of this race and very few starters have come out of it in the last 20 years. Given the longer time between races that modern horses and trainers prefer, it isn't surprising that this one mile prep one week before the Derby has fallen out of favor for Derby contenders. Again this year there are no horses who are considering the Derby entered in the Derby Trial. Most are horses who fell behind the curve in preparing for the Derby and are looking ahead to the Preakness or Belmont instead. This year the favorite will be an entry from Michael Tabor of Mayakovsky, trained by Patrick Biancone, and Shah Jehan, trained by D. Wayne Lukas. The better half by far is Mayakovsky who would have gone to the Derby had he not faded to fourth in the Santa Anita Derby. The second favorite is the undefeated Cashel Castle who is stretching out past 7 furlongs for the first time. It should prove to be a very interesting race and there is always the chance that Derby Fever will strike if the winner puts on a very impressive performance.

ESPN2 will show the race from 6:00-7:00pm EDT. You can also listen online at the link provided below. Past performances will be available free online from DRF and Equibase with links after the entries below. Here is the field with morning line odds and links to useful race info.

The Derby Trial Stakes

Purse: $100,000     Distance: 1 mile     Post Time: 4:40pm EDT
1122 Mayakovsky Biancone Bailey 8-5
1A114 Shah Jehan Lukas Smith 8-5
2117 Clergy Brothers Albarado 4-1
3114 Stephentown Reinstedler Peck 4-1
4114 Governor Hickel Zito Chavez 10-1
5114 Sky Terrace Foley Perret 10-1
6122 Cashel Castle Block Day 5-2
7114 Ide Be Spencers Flint Lopez 30-1
8112 Revolver Cain Coa 50-1

Note: the track is sloppy and Mayakovsky, Shah Jehan, and Stephentown are scratched
Free past performances from DRF
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