04/09/2014 2:51PM

Kentucky Derby: Albano withdrawn from consideration

Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography
Albano, the winner of the Sugar Bowl Stakes in December, will not start in the Kentucky Derby.

Albano, who was placed fourth in the Louisiana Derby in his most recent start, will bypass the May 3 Kentucky Derby, according to his owner and breeder, Brereton C. Jones.

“He’s a May colt, and he’s getting better all the time,” Jones said Wednesday from his Airdrie Stud in Kentucky. “He ran well in the Louisiana Derby, getting bumped around, moved up to fourth after the disqualification. But we don’t think that’s a strong enough effort to go on to the Derby. If we had more time, or he was more mature, then maybe. He’ll be a graded stakes winner one day. But we don’t think the Derby is the time to try.”

Albano is trained by Larry Jones. Prior to the Louisiana Derby, Albano was second in the Risen Star Stakes and second in the Lecomte, both at Fair Grounds. In the Louisiana Derby, he finished fifth but was moved to fourth via disqualification because he was solidly bumped by In Trouble near the far turn. He will be based this summer at Delaware Park, Brereton C. Jones said.

The decision to skip the Derby has a significant impact in terms of the likely Derby field, since Albano was ranked 15th on the Derby points list with 34. His defection, combined with the withdrawal earlier this week of Toast of New York, helps horses who will end up on the bubble in terms of making the Derby field, which is capped at 20 runners.


Tony Fortunelli More than 1 year ago
Let's hope there are enough defections so we can see if Bayern has the real goods, or just a sprinter up to mile & sixteenth. I hope he gets the chance
dora doradora More than 1 year ago
jones knows the horse is still maturing and is going to be very handy horse for any owner.good move passing the derby owner and trainer have class
Michael More than 1 year ago
The derby is turning into a carnival..........these folks are making the right decision based on the health and experience of this horse.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
he must not be training well or has some minor issue.you dont scratch a horse for finishing 4th in his final prep especially after finding trouble in the race..another scenario could be that they realized just how good california chrome is and became discouraged. There are some ramses grasss horses in there that should do the realistic thing and scratch too.
Paul Mitchell More than 1 year ago
Dude he's a decent horse, but he is a speed type who looks to need the lead, and he couldn't get it in the Louisiana Derby, so he wouldn't be able to get it in the Kentucky Derby. He had the 1 hole in the Risen Star Stakes, and couldn't hold on against Intense Holiday. Larry Jones is a terrific, smart horseman. He and his wife bred and trained this one. They know he needs more time. I'm hoping one of those "grass horses" out of Pulpit or Bernardini make this derby interesting, and profitable, and run down California Chrome at the wire!
tim blake More than 1 year ago
i don't think any of the Ramsey's grass horses he was referring to are out of Bernardini or Pulpit. Not sure which you mean.
Ann More than 1 year ago
Horses are 'out of', quite literally, their dams and BY their sires. These have been the normal expressions for hundreds of years. Why are so many people in the last 10 years started to mix them up?
Paul Mitchell More than 1 year ago
Sorry Ann. I learned something, and that makes terrific sense. Thank you.
Paul Mitchell More than 1 year ago
Thanks Tim, you are an educated man.
Paul Mitchell More than 1 year ago
Tim, is the Ramsey grass horse We Miss Artie? I haven't found any more Ramsey grass horses on the radar. I was mistakenly talking about some other supposed grass horses who may be a part of this years' derby. Those grass horses I was referring to were "by" some respectable dirt horses and were not even owned by Ken and Sarah. Whoops.
Eric Rickard More than 1 year ago
Larry Jones will not run a horse just to run him. If he ran better, as I thought , then they would run him. Good horseman in his camp.
jttf More than 1 year ago
good move.to skip the derby. the derby isnt safe to run with 20 horses.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
what a bunch of nonsense its a 1 1/4 mile race ..they run 30 horses in some euro races.have you ever watched the melbourne cup in australia theres at least 25 in there.if this was a sprint yes it would be dangerous but they have 1 mile and a 1/4 to get in position.
Ann More than 1 year ago
Track at Churchill, and most US ovals, is not as wide as the tracks overseas. They can fit 30+ stalls across the course at Ascot, and each horse has an open lane in front of him to run in.
jttf More than 1 year ago
the stewards never take down anyone. jockeys will cut off horses at the start to veer away from the crowd. going into the first turn can be a log jam. the number one post is staring at the 2nd turn railing. #1 horse has 30 yards to move right one or two paths. this creates bottlenecking. archarcharch suffered from the #1 hole and never raced again. when black onyx scratched before last years race, they left the #1 hole open, because it is so dangerous. look at the video and read the charts comments about all of the trouble. three ankle chip injuries in the last three years.
James Eccles More than 1 year ago
20 will go with or without Albano.
raymond More than 1 year ago
Now comes Cairo Prince, watch out everyone. This guy is way superior to all others who have or will have enough points to make it into to the starting gate in the 140th Kentucky Derby.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry but Cairo Prince put in a lack luster performance in the Florida Derby. He followed that up with another poor workout on 3/29, one week after the race and has not worked since. IMO any horse that is consistently working 4f in 50.90 either has an unknown problem or just doesnt want to race anymore. I also feel he should be putting in at least one work a week to try and get as ready as possible. I still feel based on his works the way I did three days before the FD when I stated he would not hit the board.
tim blake More than 1 year ago
i'm guessing he still ends up 21st after this weekend. But might get in from there.
Roger More than 1 year ago
6 more horses will be receiving 40 pts or more in the next two weeks which will still shut him out.
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Roger 4 horses in the next two weeks will get 40 pointsor more. The Lexington on 4/19 is only worth 10-4-2-1 points , per the Ky Derby website / schedue. SR Vegas
Eric Rickard More than 1 year ago
This most likely puts Candy Boy in. However, he would have to train like a monster for me to bet him. He has Stevens in his corner if Bayern flops.
edb More than 1 year ago
Good luck with CB. Chrome took his lunch money last race. Another horse who needs the lead and won't get it. He won't hang with Wildcat Red or Samaraat and Hopp and CC have already beat him. So 5th at best, but 10th or higher is about right. Will Bayern do a Social Inclusion imitation this weekend? Just another front runner in a sea of early speed. Expecting a bounce by Chrome and a close finish by four or five horses. Maybe a deadheat? Should be a barn burner. If you're right, enjoy the +30-1 odds and a huge score. Priceless!
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
Constitution and Cali Chrome are his main targets. I agree Cairo is a stud. Im not ready to toss him off that bounce last out. His Holy Bull was too fast. If he qualifies in a prep, he could get back into a new form cycle but this doesnt usually happen. Horses come in to Derby peaking. Therefore, someone is going to have to prove me wrong..... 1. Cali Chrome 2. Constitution 3. Vicars in Trouble They are fast and are sitting on big runs. Cali MAY have just ran his biggest but if he didnt, watch out.
joe d More than 1 year ago
jones just knows the horse doesnt have a shot at winning,thats all. not like some of the other dreamers
Mike Hendricks More than 1 year ago
I agree, Applause for the conections, Mr Jones always is thinking about the horse, as it should be. There MUST be a strong performance in these races to continue towards the Derby. Normally a 4 or 5th place isn't good enough. We did the same with East Hall, not a good enough performance in the FD to continue on..
lserpFL More than 1 year ago
applause to the connections for thinking of horse first
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish more trainers were as kind to their horses as Jones. Some of the horses who are hoping to get in and are sitting on the bubble, deserve to get in, some don't. After looking at Cairo Prince's most recent workout, he will have to work hard to get tight enough to make any kind of closing run. 4f in 50.90 is just slow. Others on the bubble haven't even worked in a month, you think they will be ready if the get in and run?