04/23/2014 3:33PM

Chitu to skip Derby Trial, go in Kentucky Derby

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.