According to Dogwood president Cot Campbell, Atoned will be ridden by Joe Bravo, and Calvin Borel returns aboard
“Obviously we want to keep the horses separated while we seek a final prep for each in our quest to add graded stakes earnings for Kentucky Derby participation,”
“In a perfect world these two races – both at a mile and an eighth – are our targets. The Derby Trail is shifting and unpredictable, however, and we will be ready to readjust our plans.”
Atoned was second by a neck last time out in the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby on March 15, his first start since his troubled second in the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes last November. The colt picked up $60,000 in that race, bringing his total career earnings to $196,757, $100,000 being graded stakes earnings. Atoned, who is trained by Todd Pletcher, won the Continental Mile Stakes at Monmouth last August, then finished second in a pair of Delaware Park stakes before his aforementioned start in the Remsen. From eight lifetime starts, Atoned has two wins and five second-place finishes.