Todd Pletcher-trained duo of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Capo
Bastone and Perretti Racing Stable’s Forty Tales top a field
of nine horses entered today for Saturday night’s 89th running of the
$175,000-added Derby Trial (GIII).
one-mile Derby Trial highlights Opening Night of the 38-day spring meet, the
centerpiece of which comes the following weekend with the 139th running of the $2
million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 4 and the
139th running of the $1
million Kentucky Oaks (GI) the day before.
as the 10th race on Saturday’s 11-race program, the Derby Trial is the final
race on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by TwinSpires.com.” As part
of the Wild Card series, points will be awarded to the Top 4 finishers on a
20-8-4-2 scale. First post time Saturday is 6 p.m. (all times Eastern) with the
Derby Trial going off at 10:42 p.m.
Bastone, who finished third in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) and
picked up two points on the Kentucky Derby Presented by TwinSpires.com
Leaderboard, finished ninth in the Spiral (GIII) in his most recent start. Garrett
Gomez has the mount on Capo Bastone, who will break from post position six.
Tales, who was the runner-up in the Hutcheson (GII) on Feb. 2 before finishing
fifth in the Swale (GIII) on March 2 at Gulfstream Park in his most recent
start, will break from post position four under Joel Rosario.
from California to contest the Trial is Zayat Stables’ Zee Bros,
trained by Bob Baffert. Zee Bros broke his maiden in his second start at
Santa Anita on March 23 and has posted two bullet, five-furlong works
since, including a :58.80 move here on April 18. Zee Bros will break from post
position three and be ridden by Mike Smith.
addition to Pletcher and Baffert, two other Kentucky Derby-winning trainers
will be represented in the Trial: four-time winner D. Wayne Lukas, who
will send out Titletown Five, and Lynn Whiting, who will be
represented by Officer Alex.
maiden winner at Churchill Downs last fall, Titletown Five is owned by Lukas in
a partnership that includes Green Bay Packers legends Paul Hornung and Willie
Davis. Gary Stevens will ride Titletown Five, who will break from
post position nine.
Alex, owned by Winning Horses Stable and Choctaw Racing Stable,
won the Bachelor at Oaklawn Park in his most recent start. Officer Alex will
break from post position one and be ridden by Robby Albarado.
field for the Derby Trial, from the rail out, is as follows: Officer Alex
(Albarado), Ruler of Love (Rosie Napravnik), Zee Bros (Smith), Forty
Tales (Rosario), Ruble (Alan Garcia), Capo Bastone (Gomez), Tour
Guide (Miguel Mena), G.T. Tabu (Willie Martinez) and Titletown Five
(Stevens). All starters will carry 118 pounds.