05/01/2012 1:38PM

2012 Kentucky Derby notes: Liaison fine after having shoe reset


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - What is it with Californians and their footwear at this Derby? First Creative Cause had to have his right hind shoe reapplied after his arrival here over the weekend, and then Liaison had to have a shoe reset after tweaking it while getting a bath following his workout on Monday.

“He just stepped on it on the wash rack,” his trainer, Bob Baffert, said Tuesday morning. “My guys were on it right away. I didn’t even realize it had happened until it was reset. He’s fine.”

Per custom with Baffert the day following a workout, Liaison merely walked the shed row on Tuesday morning.

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A little bribe never hurts

Mike Harrington, the trainer of Creative Cause, isn’t exactly the warm and fuzzy type, which he’ll be the first to admit. This being his first Kentucky Derby, he’s facing far more media than he does at home in California, but he suggested on Sunday morning that reporters could butter him up.

“You could show up with a bottle of Woodford,” he said.

Tuesday morning, two reporters called his bluff. As a crush of media descended on Harrington outside his barn at Churchill Downs, he remarked, “Here come the vultures,” but he laughed heartily when two of the reporters presented Harrington with a bottle of Woodford Reserve.

“I’ll be a lot nicer now,” Harrington said.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here we go with Liaison's poor performance excuses the preemptive strike edition) That is why Mr. Larry Jones has much more success on a per-horse basis than Mr. Baffert. He tends to do what is right by the horse. Didn't like what was going on with Mark Valeski and preferred to fight another day; unlike Mr. Baffert who is sending in a good horse to a race where there are excellent horses running. Optimizer is another horse who has nothing to do in this race but because most of this is an ego trip for Mr. Lukas then who cares right? This is a chance to appear on national tv and try to drum up new clients. I am sick of it. I love horse racing and the horses, it is the human characters I can't stand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since my DRF password is a variation of "red vino", I can appreciate Mr. Harrington's motives and taste. -- Red Vino in PA
Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
Nice to hear that the Derby entrants and reporters are having some fun right now! Great job, reporters and Mr. Harrington.