Photo: Reed Palmer Photography
Perretti Racing Stable's Forty Tales
held off Capo Bastone by a
diminishing neck to win the 89th running of the $201,425 Derby Trial
before a crowd of 21,038 on "Opening Night" Presented by Stella Artois
and Finlandia Vodka.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Forty Tales was the fourth of five winners on the night for jockey Joel Rosario.
"When we turned for home, I asked him to go and he went and put me
in a good spot," Rosario said. "I'm lucky to be here (Kentucky). Things
have been going great and hopefully they'll continue."
The victory was worth $119,889 to increase Forty Tales' career earnings to $219,789 with a record of 5-3-1-0.
Zee Bros led the field of nine through fractions of :22.48, :45.07
and 1:10.02 as Rosario kept Forty Tales well off the pace. Turning for
home, Titletown Five joined Zee Bros on the front end with the two
dueling to midstretch before being challenged by Forty Tales.
Forty Tales, a Kentucky bred son of Tale of the Cat out of the Forty
Niner mare Forty Love, kicked clear in deep stretch and had just enough
to hold off Capo Bastone and complete the mile in 1:35.77 over a fast
Forty Tales returned $8.20, $4 and $3.20. Capo
Bastone, ridden by Garrett Gomez, returned $5 and $4.20 with Ruler of
Love finishing three lengths back in third under Rosie Napravnik and
paying $8.40 to show.
Titletown Five finished another
three-quarters of a length back in fourth and was followed in order by
Ruble, Zee Bros, Officer Alex, G.T. Tabu and Tour Guide.
Racing resumes Tuesday with a 10-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m. (ET).DERBY TRIAL QUOTES
Pletcher trainer of Forty Tales, winner, and Capo Bastone, runner-up:
"We felt like there was a little bit of speed in the race and both of
these horses' styles are to settle and make one run. It seemed like the
track was playing favorably to those kinds of horses on the night so we
just let them do their thing and it worked out well.
we came here we were undecided as to whether to run in the Lexington or
here but I liked the way he worked over the track and that was the
Possibility of running back in the
Kentucky Derby? "I doubt it, but we'll see how he comes out of it. I'm
sure that the owner will want to talk about it but I would say he's
probably a one-turn horse."
Any chance Capo Bastone could
be under consideration for the Derby? "We didn't really think of it that
way. We were thinking that if he ran really well we could consider the
Preakness or something like that. We'll see how he comes out of it."
Rosario, jockey on Forty Tales, winner: - "It was a perfect trip. He
broke well. I figured there was going to be some speed in the race and
we'd be five, six, seven lengths off the speed. That's exactly where we
were. When we turned for home, I asked him to go and he went and put me
in a good spot.
"I'm lucky to be here (Kentucky). Things have been going great and hopefully they'll continue."
Gomez, jockey on Capo Bastone, runner-up: "He was keyed up. First time
under the lights; a young 3-year-old. But I got him to settle on the
backside and then when I asked him he came with a good run. Good race
for him, for sure."
Rosie Napravnik, jockey on Ruler of Love,
third: "My horse ran excellent. I had a pretty decent trip on the
inside. I finally asked him to go around a horse because he wasn't
really acting like he wanted to go in a spot on the rail. He finished
well and tried very hard."