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.

3 Responses to “Good Move”

  1. Ed L says:

    I’m keeping my eye out for Godolphin’s Desert Party. I think he’s coming up to race perfectly and I liked the way he closed in the U.A.E. Derby.Regal Ransom also owned by Godolphin won the race but really had things his own way on the lead plus I believe Desert Party was prepping for the Derby. Mind you both horses were 15 lengths ahead of the field at the wire. I know Godolphin has had no success in the Derby to his point but there’s always a first time. Desert Party, is a very serious contender and he is being overlooked in the future odds pool.

  2. Horstradamus says:


    I watched the race, and Desert Party looked pretty good to me as well. I guess in the back of my noggin, I have reservations about runners coming from Dubai for the big dance.

    I know this is not logical, and I did like your runner. It is only a matter of time before they take it down. It seems to me that racing is so tough, and that trip takes something off of many of the runners.

    I do agree they are knocking on the door, and this may be the year. But, I have to use him underneath one of the runners who have had works over the track and didn’t have to ship around the world.

    Best of luck !!

  3. Ed L says:

    i hear ya,the long trip from Dubai might be a factor but the good thing is the 5 week space between races,I’ll be very interested to see how DP works out over the CD strip. I’m also looking to hook him up in exactas with 2 or three other contenders. Dunkirk (doubtful he’ll get in) I Want Revenge Quality Road and/or Friesan Fire. The problem is all the above mentioned will be bet heavily and don’t offer much value. With a projected 20 horse field I think we can safely assume the pace will be very quick,that might hurt horses like QR and FF,both those horses lay close to the pace and will be asked to do smething they’re not used to. The Wood may have been a blessing in disguise for IWR,he proved he can relax off the pace although he faced one of the weakest fields I’ve ever seen run in the Wood.—-All in all,it should be interesting,this is a very good bunch of 3 year olds.

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