04/08/2009 11:00PM

Epsom entry for Theregoesjojo


As promised, trainer Ken McPeek entered Theregoesjojo for the Epsom Derby at the late nomination stage on Thursday. Owners Sametowka Stables and Delfiner Partners anted up 8,000 pounds, approximately $11,745, to get their colt into the $1.8 million, 1o1/2-mile classic, which will be run on June 6, the same day as the Belmont Stakes.

But before the possibility of Epsom, McPeek has other plans for Theregoesjojo, a son of Brahms, starting with the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday.

"There's obviously the Kentucky Derby to think about, but even if he ran at Churchill Downs I don't think that we would run him in the Preakness just two weeks later, so Epsom could be a better option," McPeek said. "Alternatively, if he doesn't fire on Saturday, then we could run him on turf at Churchill Downs in the Crown Royal Stakes on May 1, but he would have to win that race to go to Epsom."

Third behind Quality Road and Dunkirk in the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby, Theregoesjojo will try 1 1/8 miles again in the Blue Grass.

"I have no doubt that he will get the nine furlongs again this weekend," McPeek said. "A mile and a half is a bit of an unknown, but if we can get him settled I would be hopeful of getting the extra distance."

McPeek, who scrapped plans of running Dream Empress in the English Oaks after the filly finished seventh in the Ashland Stakes on Saturday, is already thinking of a jockey for Theregoesjojo in the Epsom Derby.

"Kent Desormeaux is my main rider, and Calvin Borel is in the plate on Saturday, but I would be looking for someone who knows the course well and who has ridden in the race before," he said.

The last American-trained horse to run in the Epsom Derby was Wolf Prince, saddled by Michael Dickinson to finish eighth behind Commander in Chief in 1993. Before that, the Sid Watters-trained Slewpy finished 18th in a quagmire behind Teenoso in 1983.