A.P. Indy bruises foot, is last-minute scratch


LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A.P. Indy woke up on Kentucky Derby morning with a bruised left front foot and became a last-minute scratch from the Derby lineup.

His trainer, Neil Drysdale, held two news conferences to explain the injury, one at his barn and another a bit later in the press box at Churchill Downs.

Drysdale said he did not know exactly when the horse injured his foot.

"But there was some sensitivity in the foot yesterday [Friday] morning," Drysdale said. "We took him out and he galloped very well. He looked fabulous. But yesterday [Friday] afternoon he was lame, and as the afternoon wore on, he deteriorated. That's when we started X-raying and working on his foot."

The horse's owner, Tomonori Tsurumaki, arrived about 6 p.m. Friday from Japan. Tsurumaki still wanted to run the horse if possible.

The Drysdale crew worked on the foot until midnight, soaking it in hot and cold water, and poulticing it.

Drysdale decided to wait until yesterday morning to decide about running in the race.

"This [yesterday] morning he was better, but not good enough," Drysdale said. "We took extensive radiographs and they show no significant pathology. Hopefully, it will be an abscess, and when the abscess breaks, we'll start training again."

The injury was comparable to the one Sunday Silence suffered a week before the 1989 Preakness. Dr. Alex Harthill, who treated A.P. Indy as well as Sunday Silence, said the injuries were similar. "But we only had one day [with A.P. Indy], where we had a week with Sunday Silence."

Drysdale said he didn't know if A.P. Indy would make the Preakness. "It might be two or three days before he goes back to work, or two weeks," Drysdale said. "It's a day-to-day sort of thing."

With one less horse, the Derby purse was lowered to $974,800, still the richest in the 118-year history of the race.

* The seventh-largest crowd in the 118-year history of the Derby wagered nearly $15 million. There were 132,513 patrons at Churchill Downs and most of them liked Arazi. The French-based horse was made the 4-5 favorite. He finished eighth.

The total handle for Derby Day was $14,972,965, including $6,465,134 on the Derby itself.

The $1,460,470 bet on Arazi at Churchill Downs is a Derby record. The previous record of $1,353,677 was bet in 1989 on the entry of Easy Goer and Awe Inspiring. Easy Goer finished second to Sunday Silence.

* For $7,500, trainer Shelley Riley got to live out a dream, saddling Casual Lies in the Derby.

The 42-year-old California trainer became the sixth woman to train a Derby horse. Casual Lies finished second to Lil E. Tee, earning $145,000.

After the race, Dr. Herbert Wright, Casual Lie's vet, said Riley "collapsed in her seat because of the excitement and heat." He nTC said she didn't require medical treatment.

* Pistols and Roses was out on the track early yesterday morning. He jogged around the oval about 6:30 a.m.

Edie Gianos, wife of trainer George Gianos, arrived the night before.

"When I drove in the gates with George this morning, I told him we had come a long way in 10 years," Edie Gianos said. "I remember when we took our first horse to Aqueduct 10 years ago. We arrived with the horse and had our clothes in an oat sack. Now we're running in the Kentucky Derby." Edie Gianos retired from a career in show business to help her husband in the horse business. She was a former June Taylor dancer and sang the role of Mary Magdalene in the Broadway production of "Jesus Christ Superstar."

* Derby Day did not start out well for Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, co-owner of Arazi. His colt, Steinbeck, finished 11th in the English 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Steinbeck is the horse who beat Arazi in his first career start last spring.

* Pimlico track operator Joe De Francis spent Derby Day talking to owners and trainers who could be running horses in upcoming stakes in Baltimore.

"My feet are so tired, I wish I had my running shoes on," said De Francis, who jogs daily.

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