King Glorious’ Derby Chances Uncertain

Times Staff Writer

The veterinarian for undefeated King Glorious said the 3-year-old colt will not be ready to run in the Kentucky Derby, but the horse’s trainer is not ruling out the possibility.

After examining King Glorious at Golden Gate Fields Wednesday and looking at his X-rays, veterinarian Jack Robbins said there is much improvement in the colt’s strained right knee, which he probably injured while winning the Hollywood Futurity last December. However, Robbins said King Glorious should not run in the Derby May 6.

“His knee is super and the progress is very encouraging,” Robbins said. “But the horse should have at least 30 more days of light training, and the Derby will come up too quick to get him ready for a mile and a quarter. Go easy with him now and he’ll be ready for those midsummer races for 3-year- olds.”

Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains King Glorious, would like to re-evaluate the horse’s condition after a month of walking and jogging, before deciding the horse’s chances. Hollendorfer is even hopeful of running King Glorious at the Golden Gate Fields meeting, which is highlighted by the California Derby April 22.


“The X-rays showed a noticeable improvement in the problem area,” Hollendorfer said. “The horse has been doing great. There’s no filling (swelling) in the knee and it’s been cold every day. Another month of the same thing he’s been doing should tell us more. We’re taking the conservative approach. If he needs extra time, we’ll give it to him.”

King Glorious won all 5 of his races as a 2-year-old and finished second to Easy Goer in the voting for the country’s top juvenile colt.

King Glorious ran erratically despite winning the Hollywood Futurity, then had swelling in the knee after a workout Dec. 24. A fever last summer prevented him from running in the Del Mar Futurity, and he didn’t return to action until mid-November, a week after the Breeders’ Cup.