Kentucky Derby runner General a Rod sold
General a Rod, runner-up in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth and the third-place finisher in the Grade 1 Florida Derby, will remain with trainer Mike Maker and be ridden by Joel Rosario in the Kentucky Derby, according to the new owners. He will wear the silks of James Shircliff, who is a partner in both Skychai and Starlight, in the Derby.
I am proud of my involvement with both Skychai and Starlight Racing Partnerships, said Shircliff. I have been interested in acquiring this horse for some time and Im thrilled we were finally able to come to terms with Mr. Rodriguez.
Jack Wolf, whose Starlight Racing also owns a second Kentucky Derby candidate, Intense Holiday, will be the managing partner for General a Rod.
Jim and I go back a long way, said Wolf. We owned claiming horses together back in the mid-80s. Jims been talking to these people about General a Rod since January and we [Starlight] got involved six weeks ago or so.
When asked about Starlight being represented by two horses in the Derby, Wolf said you cant have too many horses in the race when it comes to the Kentucky Derby. Id like to have all 20.
Maker was made aware of the sale on Monday.
Im a bit surprised, but Ive been around the game long enough not to be surprised, Maker said when informed of the owner change for General a Rod. I havent been given any of the details of the arrangement just yet. Right now Im just going to keep training this horse as I have been to run in the Derby on Saturday.
General a Rod was scheduled to have his final work for the Derby at Churchill Downs on Tuesday.
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Information on the 2011 Kentucky Derby2011-04-07
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These are very interesting facts to learn about the Kentucky derby. There is more to the derby experience than the race which is what meets the eye to most people. The event is attended by very famous and rich people. It has also become somewhat of a fashion event. In the Churchill Downs, people also take time to dine in the levy restaurants in the downs. A taste of the derby food is something you want to try out where by participants go to sample different cuisines and wine from various popular destinations of horse racing located all through the United States.
Among the food in the derby there are two specific that are long standing since the founders day. These are the burgoo and the mint julep beverage. This is a stew made from beef, pork, vegetables and chicken. After every race, the winners are presented with a blanket of 554 red roses by the Kentucky governor. That is why the Kentucky derby is also referred to as run for the roses. Tickets for the Kentucky derby 2011 cost from around $25 to $40. These tickets provide general admission which in turn provides access to the paddock and infield areas. Incase of reserved seats, for oaks and derby costing $555 each package. Of course apart from the live action, the betting is another thing that horse racing enthusiasts look forward to during the Kentucky derby.