O'Neill still has two Derby horses: Great Hunter and Liquidity.
Trainer Mark Shuman told Churchill Downs officials that Xchanger was out of the race. Their places are taken by two inexpensive horses.
Teuflesberg, a $9,000 yearling purchase, most recently was fourth in the Blue Grass Stakes after setting the pace. Trainer and co-owner Jamie Sanders got a welcome call from O'Neill.
"He said, 'Jamie, you're in.' " Sanders said.
Imawildandcrazyguy, a $17,000 yearling purchase, gives trainer William Kaplan two Derby horses. He also will send out Storm In May, who is blind in one eye and cost a modest $16,000 at the yearling sales.
"For me, I never thought I'd have one in the Derby, let alone two," he said.
Entries close this morning, with post positions chosen that evening.
NBC you later
NBC Sports' critically acclaimed documentary Barbaro: A Nation's Horse
will premiere at 8 p.m. Saturday on NBC10. Barbaro
was scheduled to debut last Sunday but was preempted due to extended live coverage of the double-overtime Sabres-Rangers NHL playoff game.
Servis wins 1,000th
Smarty Jones' trainer, John Servis,
got the 1,000th victory of his career when Love for Pleasure won the 10th race at Philadelphia Park yesterday.
"It's a nice milestone that seemed like I'd never get to," Servis said. "Wins this past month have been tough to come by."
In 1989, Servis made some changes that made his wins bigger, but fewer in number.
"I could have won a lot more races had I continued running the claiming outfit I did up to '89. We decided then we wanted to look at acquiring better stock and winning some of the more important races."
In 2004, Smarty Jones won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
"Any trainer who's truly serious about the game has but one goal in mind, and that's to win the Kentucky Derby," Servis said. "Many guys never even get the opportunity to compete on that stage. Having not just competed but to have won it was the dream of a lifetime."
- Associated Press