05/01/2012 12:38PM

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.