04/19/2011 4:24PM

Kentucky Derby: Watch Me Go will run if he makes earnings cut

Tom Cooley
Watch Me Go, Luis Garcia up, wins the Tampa Bay Derby.

Trainer Kathleen O'Connell reported Tuesday that her Tampa Bay Derby winner Watch Me Go will run in the Kentucky Derby on if he has enough graded earnings to get into the field.

O'Connell said Watch Me Go, who has been stabled at Tampa Bay Downs this winter, would work over the track there either Wednesday or Thursday and then ship to Churchill Downs, where he'll have one final workout before the Derby.

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Watch Me Go, a homebred son of West Acre, rallied from mid-pack to a neck victory at 47-1 in the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby. He returned four weeks later as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade 3 Illinois Derby but finished sixth, 17 lengths behind race winner Joe Vann.

Watch Me Go currently has $235,000 in graded earnings, which puts him 21st on the money list, but there are expected to be defections among the 3-year-olds above him. If more than 20 horses enter the Derby, earnings in graded stakes races determine who can start.