Trainer Todd Pletcher said the morning of April 28 that two of the horses in his care, Dunkirk and Join in the Dance, are definite for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Decisions have not been made on two others he trains, Advice and Take the Points.
Advice, owned by WinStar Farm, won the Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland April 18.
"Advice worked well and came out of it well. The question is if coming back in two weeks and going from the grass to a mile and a quarter on dirt is too much," Pletcher said.
Told that Jack Wolf, head of Starlight Partners that owns Take the Points, had been able to purchase tickets for the Derby, Pletcher joked that "now we don’t have to run."
Take the Points most recently was fourth in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
"He’s been competitive in his races. I don’t want to leave one I think can win in the barn."
As for Join in the Dance, and the fact he has speed in a race devoid of pacesetters, Pletcher said that decision, "doesn’t hurt anyone that’s a closer.
"The owners made it clear they wanted to run," he said. The colt is owned by John Ballis, Reagan Swinbank, and NBA star Rashard Lewis.
One that is not hurt by the entry of Join in the Dance is Dunkirk, owned by Michael Tabor and Susan Magnier. Dunkirk is a definite closer.