05/02/2012 5:02PM

Kentucky Derby 2012: First day on track for Gemologist, El Padrino, Take Charge Indy

Barbara D. Livingston
Gemologist gallops 1 1/4 miles over the Churchill Downs main track on Wednesday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Gemologist, El Padrino, and Take Charge Indy were on the track for the first time Wednesday, one day after arriving from south Florida.

Gemologist made quite the striking presence galloping 1 1/4 miles, while El Padrino went the same distance though somewhat less enthusiastically.

“Both Derby horses got over the ground really well,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “Gemologist looked like he was loving it out there. Padrino is not the most enthusiastic galloper of all time, but I thought he showed good energy.”

Meanwhile, trainer Patrick Byrne had jockey Calvin Borel climb aboard Take Charge Indy for a 1 5/8-mile gallop.

“Calvin hadn’t been on him since the Florida Derby,” Byrne said. “He said he’d love to get on him, he just got bonded with the horse again.”
Byrne said Borel would get on Take Chare Indy each morning in the days leading up to the Derby.

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Pasquale More than 1 year ago
Creative cause by 2 lengths.
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
looks tired to me. Needs some time off ran alot.
chris russell More than 1 year ago
Indy has the draw, the fire power and the jock. Box with rags and daddy nose best.
Don Passidomo More than 1 year ago
That's my boy "Gem" will be sparling in the winner's circle, right now he is just having fun and checkng out his competition, let any of them look this superstar in the eye down the stretch....#15 is the "Obvious" choice, for me....Don
Charles Myers More than 1 year ago
its where my dough is going, he will finally have a target and a reason to turn in his very best. chuck