Backtalk has already amassed more than $170,000 in graded earnings, which is
likely already enough to secure him a slot in the Kentucky Derby
Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) starting gate.
Now, the son of Smarty Jones
will need to prove to his connections he is worthy of a trip to Churchill Downs. He will get that chance in the $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. III) April 3 at Hawthorne Race Course when he leads a field of eight in the 1 1/8-mile Derby prep.