04/23/2014 4:33PM

Chitu to skip Derby Trial, go in Kentucky Derby

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Barbara D. Livingston
Chitu (right), working with stablemate Bayern on Monday, will run in the Kentucky Derby. Bayern could go in the Derby Trial on Saturday.

Chitu was entered on Wednesday in the Derby Trial on Saturday night at Churchill Downs, but will scratch from that race, work Sunday at Churchill Downs, and be pointed to the Kentucky Derby on May 3, trainer Bob Baffert said Wednesday afternoon.

Baffert said Martin Garcia, who rode Chitu to victory in the Sunland Derby in his last start, would retain the mount.

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Baffert also entered Bayern in the Derby Trial. As of Wednesday, Bayern was 23rd on the Kentucky Derby points list. Baffert is desirous of running him in the Derby, but fears he won't get in. Baffert has until Saturday to decide whether to go in the Derby Trial that night, or roll the dice and hope defections allow Bayern to get into the 20-horse Derby field.

Frank Dambrosio More than 1 year ago
Forget the horses Javier Castellano will win the derby It is his year
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
I am not sure, but Baffert may run Bayern in and win the Trial, and maybe he will be number 20 in points, and if he does do that, all my Derby bucks go on him. Why would they call it the Derby Trial, if what you earn there doesn't count the next week at entry time?? If Bayern wins the Trial, he will have more air than everyone else.
Joe Ali More than 1 year ago
Amazingly, If Bayern wins the Derby Trial tonight, he will move up to 19th place in the Derby standings and will be eligible. The 150k purse gives 60% to the winner and the tiebreaker for all the 20pt Derby contenders is earnings in unrestricted Graded stakes races. The derby trial is a Grade 3 and counts towards earnings. If Bayern wins big, I hope Baffert will put him in Derby. Incredible drama unfolding........
B More than 1 year ago
The connections have the right to run him if they want, but I don't see him being a factor other than interfering with other better horses. I know none of my money is going on him. I'm not big on any of the Baffert horses this year. I know Hoppertunity is getting a lot of respect, but I personally don't have a good feel about that one in this race either, though I give him a much better shot than Chitu. Bayern is not getting in and he shouldn't as he's too lightly raced to be in the Derby and thankfully, they have seen the light on Midnight Hawk.
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
Where's Social Inclusion? A lot of people think he can stretch out and not lose a beat.
Aaron Wilson More than 1 year ago
Chrome just needs to sit relaxed behind 4-5 horses, more towards the outside and out of trouble (post is the only thing that could hurt this horse) then he wins running away Again. Time for Victor Espinoza to step up and relax this horse like he's shown he can do. The other speed won't hold at 1.25 mile distance. I'm rooting for a triple crown winner. A healthy improving triple crown winner.
Robynrokn More than 1 year ago
Bayerns a plodder. Just another traffic clogger if he gets in.
Lawrence MacSelwiney More than 1 year ago
How do you know he's a plodder? Because he was a short horse in his last. He may ended being one, but to say it now is ignorant.
Ann More than 1 year ago
He'd be even shorter in the Derby. Three lifetime starts, all this year, lost training time to a sore foot, I mean, this is not steroid enhanced Big Brown we are talking about.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
If Baffert gets off of the couch, he might be serious.
Ian Phillips More than 1 year ago
flying under the radar, intense holiday a horse that has a firm foundation, closes fast and is setup to run a big race. drop a couple 100 bills to win and you will be on an intense vacation on some cruise or island.
Rolando More than 1 year ago
I'll Have Another was very dominant in all his wins.
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
You know, the way these Horses have been running the last 8-10 years. Who knows who will win. They're taking turns winning. yeah CC looks the best. When was the last time a 3yr old was dominant?
Jacqueline Schumacher More than 1 year ago
2009? Rachel Alexandra? Undefeated 3yo season? Five Gr.1s in a row, and three of those against males?
Maynard More than 1 year ago
This year. Her name is Untapable and she is trained by a future Hall of Famer.
Lawrence MacSelwiney More than 1 year ago
Future PETA apologist.
Bob Grenetz More than 1 year ago
There was a dominant 3 year old 2 years ago in I'll have another.Really thought he would do it all,but we know what happened.As far as this year I am sticking with Candy Boy,he was coming off an 8 week layoff and I don't think Sadler had him cranked up-the only reservation I have is if he gets pp1 or 2-
Scott More than 1 year ago
Let me go on record and say I don't see this horse being a rabbit. For one there are several horses that are much quicker in the field. I don't think he will be closer than 5 lengths early on. Post could make a difference, but my thought is that when the speed starts backing up (Vicar's In Trouble and Wildcat Red are no hopers at this distance and I think Chrome will get too close too early with his questionable pedigree) Chitu will still be coming just like he was in the Sunland. I think he's an exotics players for sure and with the subpart talent and truly questionable pedigrees this year - definitely worth watching his demeanor in the parade.
Gstavo Delgado More than 1 year ago
He has the best staying genes on the dams side, and reasonable middle distance on top.intermediant points enough to win at 1 1/4 miles in May. I think Chitsu has more than enough staying blood. His dam(sea gift) ran one time,won and it was at 1 1/4 miles
Ann More than 1 year ago
They came home slowly at Sunland, Midnight Hawk had a walking pace in Chicago and couldn't hold on against a maiden winner. Candy Boy passed Chitu easily in the Lewis, which is when Baffert decided to send him to the third tier race in El Paso.
John Nester More than 1 year ago
They don't race for tiers though sweetie. They race for money. And that third tier Sunland Derby is for a lot of it. Also, it has produced about as many Kentucky Derby winners as the top tier Santa Anita and Wood Memorial. Chitu looks like a contender to me. He had a whole 20 days worth of foundation when he faced Candy Boy in the Lewis and it was quite a class jump from maiden to OCL to the Lewis, wouldn't you say? Without that half length loss, Chitu might very well be the first or second choice here. I don't get the Candy Boy fascinations. Four tries to beat maidens? When the pace got quick last out he had no close.
John Nester More than 1 year ago
I meant to say that it has produced about as many winners lately...