04/27/2013 11:12PM

No Kentucky Derby for Derby Trial winner Forty Tales

Barbara D. Livingston
Forty Tales, with Joel Rosario aboard, outfinishes stablemate Capo Bastone in the Derby Trial.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Forty Tales and Capo Bastone capped a sensational run-up to the 139th Kentucky Derby for trainer Todd Pletcher by finishing one-two in the 89th Derby Trial on a chilly, rainy opener to the 38-day Churchill Downs spring meet Saturday night.

Forty Tales, giving jockey Joel Rosario his fourth winner of the night, finished a neck clear of a belated run from his stablemate and technically became eligible for the Derby by earning 20 points toward eligibility into the field. However, those points will go unused, as Pletcher essentially reiterated afterward that he had no intention of running back in one week in the Derby.

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“Not right now,” he said. “I mean, we’ll see how he bounces out of it and talk to the owner. Both colts would seem best in a one-turn situation.”

Forty Tales, by Tale of the Cat, returned $8.20 after finishing the one-turn-mile in 1:35.77 over a track that absorbed plenty of rain through the night but was still rated fast. The colt is owned by the Perretti Racing Stable of William Perretti.

The only horse whose connections had said they would go to the Derby in case of victory, Titletown Five, was forwardly placed throughout before finishing fourth, just behind longshot Ruler of Love in the field of nine 3-year-olds. Ruler of Love was three lengths behind Capo Bastone on the wire.

Pletcher will have five horses in the Derby next Saturday and could have as many as six. His stable dominated the 2013 Derby trail in accounting for the Tampa Bay Derby, Withers, Wood Memorial, Arkansas Derby, Louisiana Derby, Lexington Stakes, and now the Derby Trial.

The $2 exacta (4-6) paid $43.20; the $1 trifecta (4-6-2) returned $251.50; and the 10-cent superfecta (4-6-2-9) was worth $89.19.

Ontrack attendance was 21,038.

In an earlier race Saturday, Wine Princess ($3) made an impressive return to action in taking the meet opener, a $54,150, one-mile allowance, by seven lengths. Winner of the Monmouth Oaks last summer, the 4-year-old Wine Princess probably will race next in the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis on the June 15 Stephen Foster undercard at Churchill, said trainer Steve Margolis.




Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The points system may need some tweaking but the major change needed still remains reducing the Derby field to 16 (or even better, 14) to ensure a better and fairer run race.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
He would just get in the way anyway.
Nina Fields More than 1 year ago
HHHmmmmmmm, pletcher could narrow the odds against him winning and or placing in the kd, it would help clog up the track behind verrazano and give him a better chance of outrunning goldy down the stretch and why hasn't the owner caught derby fever. isn't that why they put them all in the starting gate together, to see if one can outrun the others.
Jef Fawell More than 1 year ago
That's the beauty of betting keenland, u should know by now LONGSHOTS HAPPEN!! Joel Rosario @ 18-1 on Thursday. By the way, Point of Entry on Derby day!!!
jttf More than 1 year ago
i thought the azeri filly, wine princess was the most impressive horse of the day.
Randy Atkins More than 1 year ago
I hear that "the Ramseys" are putting their horses in those pure oxygen chambers that helps cleaning out their organs and lungs...makes them able to breathe better while running.....also heard that it costs $10,000 to do that....any comments from some informed backsiders in the know woulf be helpful.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Probably costs 10gs to buy/build one. Virtually all the big outfits seem to at least have access to these hyperbaric chambers.
michael More than 1 year ago
Please stop with the night racing at Churchill for openers. It's not a winning combination.
Advance Plumbing More than 1 year ago
Hopefully churchill gets it act together add a casino raise purses get the horseman and jocks back. Keenlands a joke, trainers there save their stock for 3 lowsey wks of racing twice a yr. If u not playing favorites ur losing to 20-1 shots every other race. Yuk
michael stapler More than 1 year ago
Handicap better. Also-read what you wrote 100x and explain why you even go to the races. lol
Mary Anne Tobin More than 1 year ago
Keeneland is a tough place to handicap. Horses coming from FL Fairgrounds Arkansas California not to mention from many many training centers. Just a fantastic collection of horses but hard to pin down patterns or biases. A joke? NO! if you have been there you would never call it a joke. It is nirvana for anyone who loves racing and horses especially if one has worked in the industry.
Advance Plumbing More than 1 year ago
Weak opening day at Churchill 6 horse fields what a joke. 20000 in attendance . The lower grandstand was empty with little rain. Oaklawn drew more opening day. Pletcher 1 -40 the past yr at churchill, what does that tell u !
Dave More than 1 year ago
No one can argue this year's Derby field will be better top to bottom based on the points system. There are going to be very few complete throw-outs. That said, Departing should be part of it and hopefully next year they will toss the Trial and Lexington and add the Illinois Derby.