West Point Thoroughbreds' El Gato Malo, making his first start on traditional dirt, made a dramatic move in late stretch to take the 400,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III) by a half-length May 10 at Lone Star Park.
- Dark Bay or Brown Colt
- Born 2005
- FL -Bred
|Jockey||Garrett K. Gomez|
|Owner||Lanni Family Trust, Mercedes Stable LLC & Bernard C. Schiappa|
|Breeder||Johnson Hollow Farm & Volan Corp|
|Samba Rooster View Five-Cross Pedigree||Songandaprayer||Unbridled's Song|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||JLT Bloodstock||Johnson Hollow Farm, agent||$45,000|
|Yearling||Joseph Appelbaum||JTL Bloodstock||$200,000|
|Two-year-old||Off the Hook||Off the Hook, agent||$280,000|
El Gato Malo, fifth as the favorite in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) last time out, takes on a dozen 3-year-old rivals in the $400,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III) May 10 at the Grand Prairie, Texas, racetrack.
Two weeks ago, Todd Pletcher was sitting on the outside of the Derby picture looking in. But when Padua Stables and partners' Behindatthebar followed the hard-knocking efforts of Monba and Cowboy Cal in the April 12 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) with an impressive performance of his own in the $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) April 19, the venerable trainer could count not one, but three potential contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Jet Set Racing Stable's Tomcito, preparing for Saturday's $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II), worked three furlongs out of the gate in :34.60 and galloped out a half-mile in :46.80 with Manfreddy Guzman up Tuesday morning at Keeneland.
The April 19 Coolmore Lexington (gr. II), the final chance for Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hopefuls to pick up graded stakes earnings, closed April 11 with 39 nominations.