"He went fast, but I think he went very well," trainer Ron Ellis said of the B. Wayne Hughes colorbearer. "He's got such a big stride and he covers a lot of ground, so it can be deceiving. David usually works him in 12 seconds (for each furlong) and so on, so I know he knew what was happening. (Atswhatimtalknbout) is getting so much stronger every day, which is great."
Flores echoed Ellis' thoughts on Atswhatimtalknbout's development. The rider gave up his call on Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) winner Domestic Dispute to ride "Ats" in the San Felipe.
"He figured it all out after his last race, I think," Flores said. "He's so much better with every work and with every start. It's really exciting to ride him because he really likes what he does. I expect he'll run big in the San Felipe."
Atwhatimtalknbout, a $900,000 son of A.P. Indy and the Red Ransom mare Lucinda K, garnered serious attention as an early Kentucky Derby (gr. I) threat when he broke his maiden in impressive last-to-first fashion at Santa Anita in January. He followed that up with a third-place allowance effort later that month before taking his first allowance condition in a solid time of 1:41 4/5 for the mile and a sixteenth. From three starts, Atswhatimtalknbout's bankroll stands at $69,120.
Ellis said the colt will have one more work serious work on Sunday before making his stakes debut in the San Felipe.