Derby advanced-wagering record set Kentucky Derby notes


LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Arazi is the 3-5 early betting choice in the Kentucky Derby advance wagering that took place yesterday on the Kentucky Oaks card at Churchill Downs.

Technology is the 6-1 second choice, followed by A.P. Indy at 9-1.

A total of $1,041,436 was bet on the field, a record for advanced Derby wagering.

The Oaks card also produced record business statistics. A crowd of 79,824 bet more than $8 million.

The Oaks was won by Luv Me Luv Me Not, the second longest shot in the six-filly field at 20-1 odds.

The Kentucky-bred daughter of It's Freezing took the lead on the backstretch and held off bids from Pleasant Stage, last year's 2-year-old filly champion, and 1-2 favorite Prospectors Delite.

Allen Paulson, co-owner of Arazi, had two stakes winners on the Oaks card.

His 4-year-old filly, Fowda, won the Grade II Louisville Budweiser Breeders' Cup and his 4-year-old colt, Cudas, won the Grade III Early Times Turf Classic.

Cudas will run next in the Early Times Dixie Handicap at Pimlico on May 18. The race is part of the turf triple, sponsored by Early Times. The third leg of the series is the Early Times Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park. Winner of all three races earns a $1 million bonus.

* Hammer held a news conference at the Derby Museum before the first race yesterday.

He said that if he wasn't on the road working, he would be back in Los Angeles trying to quell the riots.

He said many of his friends, such as Arsenio Hall, are not coming to the Derby because they are staying in California to help restore calm.

"A horse race is a great event," Hammer said. "But people are more important. The situation calls for unification in this country."

Hammer said watching his filly, Lite Light, win the Kentucky Oaks last year was better than "receiving a Grammy Award or an award from the American Music Association." Hammer gave a concert last night at Freedom Hall, located on the Fairgrounds of the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville.


A vendor selling Derby baseball caps on the backstretch has run out of Technology hats, but still has plenty of Arazi caps in stock. . . . Not only does Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, of Dubai, co-owner of Arazi, have a horse in the Derby today, but he also is represented in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, England, with Steinbeck. . . . Both Sheik Mohammed, and his older brother, Sheik Maktoum al Maktoum, flew into Lexington last night and will be at the Derby today. . . . Hammer wore a Versace suit at Keeneland for the Blue Grass Stakes, but will wear a specially tailored red outfit at the Derby. . . . Last year's Derby winner, Strike the Gold, will be auctioned off Tuesday in a paddock sale at Belmont Park. . . . Santa Anita Derby runner-up Bertrando, who missed the Derby, also will miss the Preakness. "He just missed getting pneumonia," his trainer Bruce Headley said. "He was real sick, and will be out of action for quite awhile."

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