George Steinbrenner's Bellamy Road became the favorite for the Kentucky Derby when he ran off with the Wood Memorial in spectacular time. But now the Derby plot has a twist - Afleet Alex came back from a lung infection to blow away the field in the Arkansas Derby.
That performance was an eye-catcher, and now his trainer's innovative way of preparing the horse is getting some attention. Unlike most horses, Alex gallops twice a day most mornings, and has extensive walks before dawn and during the afternoon. Tim Ritchie adapted the method from his training days in three-day event competitions. It's too time intensive and costly to use with the ordinary claimer, but when you have a Derby horse you spare no expense. Interesting move. Jennie Rees has the story.