04/23/2010 11:00PM

Noseda not sure when he's coming to Ky.


First, it was travel restrictions. Now, it's just plain old work that is keeping trainer Jeremy Noseda from flying in from England to join his Kentucky Derby hopeful Awesome Act at Churchill Downs.

Noseda, who couldn't be in Kentucky for Awesome Act's workout last Tuesday due to travel restrictions in Europe caused by a volcanic eruption in Iceland, said he has reservations on flights leaving England on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. He has not yet decided which flight he will take.

"From all reports I'm getting the horse is in such good form that he doesn't need me there at the moment," Noseda said Saturday by phone from his yard in Newmarket, where he has 93 horses stabled "It's an important time of year here; we're laying the foundation for what's going to come later on. I'd love to be there now, but I've got commitments with a lot of people who have large investments in my yard and it's important that I haven't suddenly become pre-occupied with one horse in Kentucky."

Noseda said he has complete faith in his team of Wayne Tanner and George Winsor, who have been with Awesome Act since the colt's arrival in the U.S. on March 3, three days before he won the Gotham at Aqueduct. Awesome Act, who finished third to Eskendereya in the Wood at Aqueduct on April 3, is stabled in Steve Asmussen's barn at Churchill Downs and Asmussen's assistant, Scott Blasi, is also helping out Noseda.

"Scott told me today that the horse looks fabulous, couldn't be moving better," Noseda said. "What more than that could I ask for?"

Awesome Act is scheduled to have his final Derby work on Tuesday with jockey Julien Leparoux up. Noseda said he is looking for an easy half-mile in 49 seconds.