Good Move

by Ed Meyer

posted on April 4, 2009 in Kentucky Derby, News, Other Events | 3 Comments >>

When Derby fever takes hold of many trainers, horses may get overlooked a bit. This is not too say they are neglected, but sometimes the ego can blind you to the truth. This didn’t happen today.

Heading into the Santa Anita Derby as the post time favorite, the colorful Julio Canani, the trainer of The Pamplemousse, has been a hoot to listen to. He talks about his horse, gives names to practically everyone, and has the personality of the odd uncle in everyone’s family.

Today, Canani decided to scratch the The Pamplemousse after he was feeling a little heat in a tendon. This would deny all of the world from watching the throw down between he and Pioneerof the Nile. But this is a case where Derby fever did not overcome the 70 year-old Canani.

He may make his way to the Bluegrass if all shakes out. He has $180,000 in graded stakes earnings, and may be on the bubble. So keep your fingers crossed for the horse, and take your hat off to Julio Canani for catching this bump in the road and doing the right thing.

I think I may have left out the mention that Canani has always been known as a very good horseman. He is one who knows his animals, and does what is in their best interest. Derby runners do not come around every day. Just go ahead and ask him. But on this day, we know The Pamplemousse is resting comfortably in the best of care.