Danthebluegrassman may race next in the $500,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III) Saturday at Lone Star Park, and the Bob Baffert trainee may face the horse he kept out of the Kentucky Derby.
The son of Pioneering was a surprise entrant last Wednesday for this past Saturday's Kentucky Derby, then was a race day scratch due to a muscle cramp. Owner Mike Pegram, though, confirmed Sunday that his colt is "very likely" to run in the 1 1/8-mile Lone Star Derby.
"I'd say there's a good shot we're coming back to Texas," said Pegram. "All he did (Saturday morning) was tie up (muscle cramps), but they had to medicate him when it happened. It wasn't the tying up that knocked him out, it was the medication."
Pegram is uncertain who will ride Danthebluegrassman Saturday.
"Before we decided to try the Kentucky Derby, (Jorge) Chavez was coming in to ride in the Lone Star Derby," Pegram said. "I don't know if that has changed since we entered in the Derby. 'Chop Chop' worked him the day that he put in that killer workout at Churchill Downs (six furlongs in 1:11 4/5 on April 30). That's the reason he worked him: to get acquainted with him."
Trainer Steve Asmussen might enter Team Valor's Windward Passage -- the horse forced out of the Derby when Danthebluegrassman entered -- in the Lone Star race, though he is also considering the Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness undercard.
Asmussen may also enter Forty Nine Deeds and Easyfromthegitgo. The latter is more likely for the Preakness, but Asmussen wants to see his Monday work at Churchill Downs before making a decision. "He'll breeze and then we'll see," Asmussen said.