Updated on 05/01/2013 11:30PM

Kentucky Derby: Winning Cause, Tiz a Minister ruled out; Fear the Kitten jumps in

Barbara D. Livingston
Govenor Charlie gallops Monday morning at Churchill Downs. He will not run in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, trainer Bob Baffert said Monday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky -- The likely field for the 139th Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs came into sharper focus Monday, when trainer Bob Baffert finally made it official that neither Govenor Charlie nor Code West would run, trainer Todd Pletcher decided to pass the race with Winning Cause, owner Stephen Young said Tiz a Minister would not travel from California, and trainer Mike Maker added Fear the Kitten to the prospective line-up.

Fear the Kitten most recently finished fifth in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. He also was fifth in the Spiral, and second in the Southwest.

Those developments leave a field of 20, the maximum. Golden Soul has 14 points, Fear the Kitten 6. Entries are due, and posts will be drawn, on Wednesday.

The defections of Baffert's pair were expected, as was Pletcher's decision.

Pletcher worked Winning Cause a half-mile on Monday morning, and he was caught in 48.46 seconds by Daily Racing Form, but Pletcher said passing the race was the smart thing to do. Winning Cause, whose success has been on synthetic surfaces, is expected to make his next start on Polytrack at Woodbine

- additional reporting by Byron King

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Mark Shrager More than 1 year ago
Golden Soul was so unlikely the Racing Form didn't even include him in their pre-race package.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Who thought when they instituted the Points System this year that SIX POINTS would get you into the Kentucky Derby? - LOL. The wheels totally fell off the Points System at the last minute. The KY Derby line up changes were coming so fast and furious over the last couple of days, it made your mind spin! A gentlemen further down this thread suggested Dreaming of Julia could qualify if it happens that zero points could get you into the Derby. I can't say he's wrong in that statement! After the Points System is quietly tweaked at the end of the year, next year's "Dreaming of Julia" Super Filly connections will not have to wrestle with this problem. Hopefully, this problem will be correctly fixed with a fair solution. It's too bad Dreaming of Julia didn't have a chance to participate this year. Her numbers and talent says she would have been competitive in this field.
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
Looks like mud for Saturday. Any good ideas on mud horses beside It's My Lucky Day?
Marcus Semona More than 1 year ago
Please enter Dreaming of Julia, the 20th spot may require no points. She deserves a chance.
The_Whiz More than 1 year ago
Orb, Normandy Invasion and Java's War - box em' up and go to the window !!!!! Sorry Todd ;O(
Matt Harper More than 1 year ago
I wonder how many of Pletcher's horses will scratch on Saturday morning?
Don Reed More than 1 year ago
Karma, Final Score: Leparoux has had The Last Laugh. (Next step: Matt Lauer will try to get Lep fired off the Today Show.) Now. Let's all have that flashback to about end-February to the middle of March 2013, when Baffert's Derby's horses were the hottest thing since Arazi.
Rob More than 1 year ago
What is the over under on the final time in this years derby? Looks like a very slow bunch based on what I have seen in the prep races I will throw out 203 3/4 seconds.
Matt Harper More than 1 year ago
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
All the talk about the Illinois Derby not being worth points becomes a moot point. Departing went there and took down the $450k winners share in a soft field. Now if he wants in, then drop the entry in the box.
Stephen Taylor More than 1 year ago
What you're forgetting is that they changed the date after finding out race wasn't worth points which changed the entire field.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Of course, and no I'm not forgetting about that. Just making the point that I don't think anyone thought you could go get the money and still run in the Derby if you want to.
B More than 1 year ago
HIs connections don't want to run him in the Derby.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
I understand that, I think you missed the point.
Robert Johnson More than 1 year ago
I love Dreaming of Julia (was at GP for her Oaks) but to be fair, there are at least 3 ladies that would have more than a puncher's chance in the Derby this year.
Van Cushny More than 1 year ago
Beholder & Midnight Lucky being the other two