04/19/2012 2:48PM

2012 Kentucky Derby: Rousing Sermon is going, says Hollendorfer

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Rousing Sermon, third in the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds on April 1, will start in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said.

Owned by breeders Larry and Marianne Williams of Idaho, Rousing Sermon has won 2 of 9 starts and $404,000. He won the California Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita last October and was second in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park last December.

Hollendorfer said a closer such as Rousing Sermon could be helped by a quick pace in the Kentucky Derby.

“It could be a race with a little more speed than usual,” he said. “These are not everyday opportunities to run in America’s best race.”

Hollendorfer said that has not finalized a jockey assignment for Rousing Sermon.