Kentucky Derby

Derby notes: Awesome Act's trainer a late arrival

LOUISVILLE — Mother Nature has thus far kept Awesome Act away from the man most responsible for his success, trainer Jeremy Noseda.

She did not, however, prevent the horse from completing his final major workout in his quest for a Kentucky Derby victory.

With regular rider Julien Leparoux aboard, Awesome Act breezed 4 furlongs in company, covering the distance in :48.20 over the rain-drenched Churchill Downs surface Tuesday morning.

Unfortunately for Noseda, Awesome Act's recent Derby preparations have taken place in his absence. The British-based trainer was finally scheduled to arrive in Louisville late Tuesday night after being stuck in England because of the lingering volcanic ash from Iceland.

"He'd swim here if he had to," Wayne Tanner, assistant to Noseda, said on Sunday.

Awesome Act made his first five career starts in England before shipping to the United States for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita, where he finished fourth.

The chestnut colt won the Grade III Gotham Stakes in his 3-year-old debut on March 6 and was third in the Grade I Wood Memorial on April 3 despite losing a shoe at the start of the race.

"He's right where we want him to be now," Tanner said.

The only other Derby contender turning in his final work Tuesday was graded-stakes winner Conveyance, who covered 5 furlongs in :59.80 for trainer Bob Baffert.

No decision on Interactif

Interactif's Kentucky Derby status remains undecided one day after he worked 4 furlongs in :47.60.

Trainer Todd Pletcher originally said he and owners Alain and Gerard Wertheimer would make a decision on whether to run the colt on Tuesday, but the connections have decided to ponder their options until entries are due Wednesday.

"They want to wait until the last moment," Pletcher said of the owners. "Maybe another horse or two comes out of the race that could affect the way we think."

Interactif is a multiple graded-stakes winner on turf, but he has not run on dirt since breaking his maiden at Monmouth Park in July.

Healing continuesfor Eskendereya

Wood Memorial winner Eskendereya, who was declared out of the Derby with swelling in his left front leg on Sunday, walked Pletcher's shedrow Tuesday and continues to be treated with ice and anti-inflammatories.

"The swelling is down some," Pletcher said. "I spoke with (owner) Ahmed Zayat, and he said, after the Derby is done, we would figure out what clinic we might take him to."

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