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Breeders' Cup 2017

Pletcher Pair Top Intriguing Derby Trial

The Todd Pletcher-trained duo of Eclipse Thoroughbred PartnersCapo 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).


The 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.


Scheduled 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.


Capo 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.


Forty 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.


Coming from California to contest the Trial is Zayat StablesZee 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.


In 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.


A 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.


Officer 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.


The 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.



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I liked enough about Ruble, too, Gelded1. I just post top 4 here. If I were to play a super, it would not just be my top four boxed, but it would include others for third or fourth, at least.
Yes, gelded 1, Officer Alex is my top pick in the Derby Trial. None are outstanding. officer Alex could get a nice pace set-up and if the track is off but not very sloppy, he's run well under those conditions. I do think your Titletown Five will go for the lead, but he'll be dueling with Zee Bros.
Top 4 for me not in any order: Forty Tales,Ruble,Titletown Five and Zee Bros.
Mary,do like Officer Alex on top? I do't like him at all but thats just me. Titletown Five is 2/2 in the money at CD was sent a 1 1/8 in the LA Derby last out and was a well beaten 9th. After looking at that race closely it was a better effort than it appears and shortening up to Imile may bring out a sharp effort in here with these.
He'd be a surprise to me, gelded1. Just too slow, so far.
Capo Bastone might be a factor on a off track . I think he has a win on the sloppy going at GP but the time ws crawling slow. He doesn't look to be maturing or improving over his 2yo season.
exhumation of thread.
Officer Alex, Forty Tales, Zee Bros, Titletown Five.
  • Sully · Titletown Five; Forty Tales; Capo Bastone; Zee Bros · 1636 days ago
  • Sully · For whatever reason, can't post on the actual blog · 1636 days ago
Tour Guide.
Forty Tales
Zee Bros!
Zee Bros, Ruler Of Lov, Tour Guide.
I'm going with Titletown Five and Ruble
I'm going with Titletown Five and Ruble
Zee Bros has tons of speed but I think Forty Tales can run him down.I will handicap it more tomorrow after seeing what the track conditions will be.

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