Ron Winchell on Epicenter, Derby, Preakness and much more!
Ron Winchell, owner of Preakness Stakes favorite Epicenter, spoke with media members via Zoom call Thursday afternoon, addressing Epicenter, the wrenching Kentucky Derby defeat, the upcoming Preakness, pursuit of winning the Derby - and the family's first Triple Crown race -- the loss to Kentucky racing with KY Rep. Adam Koenig defeated in his GOP primary, and more. This video is available for any media use as part of the Kentucky HBPA's initiative to promote Kentucky horses, horsemen and racing by supplementing racing content to news outlets and others.
#Preakness147: Kenny McPeek talks Creative Minister
Trainer Kenny McPeek, seeking his second Preakness Stakes, talks about running Creative Minister, who comes into the Pimlico classic off an impressive Derby Day allowance race. The connections believe enough in their colt that they put up $150,000 to make him a supplemental entry.
#Preakness147: Co-owner Greg Back on $150K supplement Creative Minister
We talk with Greg Back, who co-owns Derby Day allowance winner Creative Minister with Paul Fireman (and trainer Kenny McPeek in for 10 percent) about putting up $150,000 to supplement their steel-gray colt for the Preakness Stakes. But first we have b-roll of Creative Minister going to the track and then getting a bath, with McPeek on the shank.
#Preakness147: Epicenter works easy half-mile; Asmussen talks to media afterward
Epicenter, the Kentucky Derby runner-up and Preakness Stakes favorite, had one of trainer Steve Asmussen's easy half-mile works five days before a race, cruising in 50.40 seconds under work rider Wilson Fabian. Video starts with b-roll from work and follows with Asmussen's comments to the media present.
#Preakness147: Creative Minister training at Churchill Downs May 14
The Kenny McPeek-trained Creative Minister, who will be supplemented into the Preakness Stakes for $150K after winning a Derby Day allowance race, has looked very good training at Churchill Downs. Brian Hernandez will have the Preakness mount (see separate interview).
#Preakness147: Un Ojo works 5F in 1:02 (out 6F in 1:12 3/5)
Un Ojo, winner of Oaklawn Park's Rebel Stakes at 75-1 but withdrawn from the Kentucky Derby the morning of entries with a foot bruise, works five-eighths of a mile in 1:02, galloping out a strong six furlongs in 1:12 3/5. We speak with jockey Colby Hernandez, who has been working the one-eyed gelding at Churchill Downs for his friends, trainer Ricky Courville and his son Clay. Ramon Vazquez is Un Ojo's regular jockey.