"It was a little quick," said Robbin Smullen, assistant to Barclay Tagg, who conditions the Tale of the Cat runner. "But he did it very easily, and could not have blown out a match afterward. I was on the pony, and cantered over to him pretty quickly after the work. He was a little sharp. It had been (a while) since his last work, and he gets a little sharp. But he ate up everything at lunch and has head is in the (tub) now.”
Tale of Ekati last worked April 29 at Churchill Downs prior to a respectable fourth-place finish in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), his most recent start. That day the colt went four furlongs in :49.40 over a fast track. Exercise rider Kristin Troxell, who Smullen noted weighs about 100 pounds, was aboard for both outings.
"Nobody thinks 'Oh my God' when he goes that quick with her," Smullen said. "He is a pretty deceiving horse. I haven’t breezed him, but he is a very, very fast horse, but he doesn’t feel like he is going that fast.”