LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Cobalt Blue and Xchanger dropped out of Kentucky Derby consideration yesterday, opening the door for Teuflesberg and Imawildandcrazyguy to run Saturday.
The field is limited to the 20 horses with the highest earnings in major stakes races. Teuflesberg ($122,942) and Imawildandcrazyguy ($104,000) were ranked 21st and 22d.
Entertainer Merv Griffin decided to take his colt out of the running, citing Cobalt Blue's seventh-place finish in the Illinois Derby.
"The horse is doing great," trainer Doug O'Neill said. "I talked to Merv and he thought it was in the best interest of the horse not to tax him 11/4 miles. So we're going to slow it down, go back to California, and look for a race."
O'Neill still has two Derby horses: Great Hunter and Liquidity.
Trainer Mark Shuman told Churchill Downs officials that Xchanger was out of the race. Their places are taken by two inexpensive horses.
Teuflesberg, a $9,000 yearling purchase, most recently was fourth in the Blue Grass Stakes after setting the pace. Trainer and co-owner Jamie Sanders got a welcome call from O'Neill.
"He said, 'Jamie, you're in.' " Sanders said.
Imawildandcrazyguy, a $17,000 yearling purchase, gives trainer William Kaplan two Derby horses. He also will send out Storm In May, who is blind in one eye and cost a modest $16,000 at the yearling sales.
"For me, I never thought I'd have one in the Derby, let alone two," he said.
Entries close this morning, with post positions chosen that evening.
NBC Sports' critically acclaimed documentary
Barbaro: A Nation's Horse
will premiere at 8 p.m. Saturday on NBC10.
was scheduled to debut last Sunday but was preempted due to extended live coverage of the double-overtime Sabres-Rangers NHL playoff game.
Smarty Jones' trainer,
got the 1,000th victory of his career when Love for Pleasure won the 10th race at Philadelphia Park yesterday.
"It's a nice milestone that seemed like I'd never get to," Servis said. "Wins this past month have been tough to come by."
In 1989, Servis made some changes that made his wins bigger, but fewer in number.
"I could have won a lot more races had I continued running the claiming outfit I did up to '89. We decided then we wanted to look at acquiring better stock and winning some of the more important races."
In 2004, Smarty Jones won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
"Any trainer who's truly serious about the game has but one goal in mind, and that's to win the Kentucky Derby," Servis said. "Many guys never even get the opportunity to compete on that stage. Having not just competed but to have won it was the dream of a lifetime."