Dutrow 'didn't need any incentive'

May 04, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Contrary to reports earlier in the week, Big Brown trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. said he didn't wager $100,000 on the Kentucky Derby winner.

"I'll never bet on this horse," the 48-year-old Hagerstown native said. "I didn't need any incentive. This was the Kentucky Derby."

Despite the 20 post position and skeptics who thought Big Brown's three races were too good to be true, Dutrow and jockey Kent Desormeaux showed supreme confidence throughout Derby week.

The undefeated 3-year-old colt didn't disappoint Saturday.

"He's something else," Dutrow said. "I was very confident coming into the Derby, but I'm not as confident entering the Preakness because I won't be able to train him up to the race. Although he's been terrific so far, he has never been asked to run another race two weeks later. His races have been spaced out. And you know there will be others out there looking to beat us."


Dutrow said there were many reasons for showing confidence entering the first leg of the Triple Crown Series.

"He was training well, eating well, handling everything in fine fashion since the Florida Derby," Dutrow said. "I knew he was sitting on a big race."

Prado rides for Motion

Maryland-based trainer Graham Motion, who saddled 19th-place Adriano in Saturday's Derby, still remembers when his jockey Edgar Prado first started race-riding in the Free State.

"He was in demand then, too," Motion said of the newly named Thoroughbred Hall of Fame member. "I was just starting out as a trainer in Maryland about the same time he was starting to make a name for himself. It was very difficult getting him to ride my horses -- he was wanted by other trainers. Since then, I've used him often. He's a very talented rider and I don't hesitate to use him whenever he is available. I feel very comfortable when he's riding my horses."

Motion said the 40-year-old native of Peru is well deserving of his newly attained Hall of Fame status.

"It's an extraordinary accomplishment and one which is very deserving," Motion said. "Over the years, he has been a wonderful rider."

Saturday marked Prado's ninth appearance in the Kentucky Derby -- the most notable, of course, being in 2006 when he guided Barbaro to the winner's circle.

Saturday marked Motion's second appearance in the Kentucky Derby.

Derby doings

Frederick, Md., resident Dick Koogle watched his 48th Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

Koogle attended his first "Run for the Roses" in 1957 and has witnessed some exciting races over the years.

"I missed the Derby in 1962, I don't really remember why, but I've been in Louisville the first Saturday in May every year since," Koogle said. "It's a great day of racing."

A huge Bill Hartack fan, Koogle remembers the Hall of Fame jockey winning five Kentucky Derbies.

"He won the first one in 1957 with Iron Liege when Willie Shoemaker misjudged the finish line aboard Gallant Man," Koogle said. "He also won on Venetian Way in 1960, Decidedly in 1962, Northern Dancer in 1964 and Majestic Prince in 1969."

*Maryland-based jockey Eric Camacho made his debut at Churchill Downs on Thursday.

And on Friday, he finished fifth aboard 7-1 Bsharpsonata in the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks -- the filly equivilant to the Kentucky Derby.

Bsharpsonata, trained by Tim Salzman, broke sharply from the 10th post position and led a good portion of the 1 1/8-mile race before tiring.

"I didn't go into the race wanting to be on the lead but nobody took it so I went," said Camacho, who added, "I don't think the distance beat her. She just got beat by good fillies."

In his debut Thursday, Camacho finished fifth aboard Essenceofthemoon in the $150,000 Kentucky Stakes for 2-year-olds.

*At least five of the horses who competed in Saturday's first leg of the Triple Crown Series are expected to compete in the Preakness Stakes on May 17 at the Pimlico Race Course.

The third leg of the Triple Crown Series -- the Belmont Stakes -- is June 9 at Belmont Park.

Larry Yanos covers horse racing for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2311, or by e-mail at

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