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Derby Hopefuls Work Out in Rain

April 30, 1998

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Silver Charm, last year’s Kentucky Derby winner, galloped with some of this year’s hopefuls in workouts this morning at Churchill Downs.

Trainer Bob Baffert, who has Indian Charlie and Real Quiet entered in this year’s race, is working Silver Charm at the track, but has not decided when the 4-year-old will compete again.

Among the horses working during the early session were Cape Town, Halory Hunter, Victory Gallop, Old Trieste, Basic Trainee and Chilito, all of whom galloped, and Parade Ground, who walked.

Unbeaten Indian Charlie, the 2-1 favorite, led the contingent of horses galloping after the 8 a.m. break. Others taking the track during the late session were Favorite Trick, Real Quiet, Robinwould, Nationalore, Hanuman Highway and Rock and Roll.

For the second consecutive day, rain arrived with daybreak, leaving the fences along the backstretch much less crowded than earlier in the week.

Some fans were not deterred by the rain. Connie Benz of Rockford, Ill., stood at the fence without raingear or umbrella, and got soaked.

``What’s a little rain?″ Benz said. ``This is the Kentucky Derby. I’d be out here in a monsoon. It’s not often you get to be this close to the horses.

``And to get to see Silver Charm ... that’s worth standing all morning in the rain.″

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