04/19/2012 3:08PM

Kentucky Derby 2012: Alpha looks to be healing well

Tom Keyser
Alpha cut up his left foreleg in the Wood Memorial.

On Thursday, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin got his first look at Alpha on the track since his runner-up finish in the Wood Memorial on April 7 and was satisfied with what he saw in the colt’s 1 1/8-mile gallop over Belmont Park’s main track.

Alpha missed about four days of training after developing an infection from cuts suffered in the shin of his left foreleg, incurred during the running of the Wood, in which he was beaten a neck by Gemologist.

“He looks bright, happy and healthy,” said McLaughlin, who returned from Lexington Wednesday following a funeral for his father, Ray McLaughlin, who died over the weekend. “As long as we keep going forward I don’t see any reason today we’re not going to make the Derby.”

McLaughlin said the wound Alpha suffered in the race is “healing well, but it’s always a concern.”

McLaughlin said that most likely Alpha will have one workout - on April 28 - and ship to Louisville on April 30. Originally, McLaughlin wanted to ship Alpha to Louisville early in part to get him some additional gate schooling.

McLaughlin is still waiting for Ramon Dominguez to make a decision between Alpha and Hansen. On Thursday morning, Dominguez said he had not yet decided.

“He knows him,” McLaughlin said. “The gate’s a little bit of a concern and I feel like Ramon is like having another gate guy with him. He’s on his back and in control.”

Irene Davis More than 1 year ago
Love all the Slew blood horses...Alpha, Take Charge Indy, Hansen, Gemologist, etc. Would love to see a Slew blood win the KY Derby and the Triple Crown.....what a wonderful thing this would be for Thoroughbred racing! You gotta believe to achieve and I'm a believer! :)
juliuso More than 1 year ago
Hey Kiaran, Bring Alpha to Churchill and invite Russel Baze to be his jockey and watch history in the making as we watch the next triple crown winner!!!
david smith More than 1 year ago
alpha can win the race..hanson has no shot to win..to far for him..he should skip derby go directly to preakness
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
My guess is that Ramon Dominguez rides Alpha if he is thinking about winning the Derby. Alpha will be a forgotten 12/1 in the Derby. No matter what his odds are . Alpha is my pick so far to winner the Derby. Daddy knows best a close second . Alpha 1 all all 1$$$ Billy from Boston