04/10/2012 11:50AM

Kentucky Derby: Reveron may enter Lexington in last-ditch effort for graded earnings

Barbara D. Livingston
Reveron could make a start in the Grade 3 Lexington at Keeneland on April 21.

MIAMI – Trainer Agustin Bezara said Monday that he will nominate Reveron to the Grade 3 Lexington at Keeneland on April 21, with the thought of perhaps running the Florida Derby runner-up in a last-ditch attempt to earn enough graded stakes money to get into the Kentucky Derby field.

As of Monday, Reveron, winner of the ungraded Gulfstream Park Derby on New Year’s Day, had $220,000 in graded earnings, which put him 23rd on the list. If the Kentucky Derby field overfills as expected, the 20 3-year-olds with the most graded stakes earnings will be allowed to run.

“We’re going to take a look at what happens this weekend and then make a decision whether or not to run him in the Lexington,” Bezara, who does not speak English, said through his interpreter, Eibar Coa. “If he qualifies, we’ll run him in the Derby. If not, we’ll look at the Preakness.”

Bezara, a native of Venezuela, has been training in the United States for less than two years. He said Reveron came out of the Florida Derby “perfect” and has been doing extremely well ever since. He said Reveron would work each of the next two Saturday mornings at Calder.

Reveron is one of two potential Derby starters training at Calder and among six still based in south Florida. Trinniberg returned to Calder earlier this week following his popular victory in Saturday’s Bay Shore at Aqueduct.

Palm Meadows currently houses three of the leading Derby candidates, Fountain of Youth winner Union Rags, Wood Memorial winner Gemologist, and Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy as well as Risen Star winner El Padrino who is presently one spot above Reveron, in 22nd place, on the graded earnings list.

Trainer Michael Matz said Monday that Union Rags would work for the first time since his third-place finish in the Florida Derby either Friday or Saturday at Palm Meadows, after which he’ll decide when to ship him to Kentucky.

“I might bring him up to Keeneland either Saturday or Sunday,” Matz said. “The horses have been blooming on the grass up here, and the weather has been relatively mild. The other option is to work him once more at Palm Meadows the following week before shipping.”

Trainer Pat Byrne said Take Charge Indy has done great since his victory in the Florida Derby and that he would remain at Palm Meadows until May 1 before joining Gemologist and El Padrino on a flight to Louisville.

“I’ve just been playing around with him since the Florida Derby,” Byrne said. “I’ll start getting serious next week. He’ll have two breezes down here before the Derby, a couple of five-eighths. No speed works, nothing crazy, just like we’ve been doing all winter long. This is a great track, and we have great weather, so it makes sense just to stay. And Todd [Pletcher] was kind enough to let us on the plane with him up to Kentucky.”