Monba and Cowboy Cal, one-two finishers in the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).

Monba and Cowboy Cal, one-two finishers in the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).

Anne M. Eberhardt

Derby Notes From Keeneland - April 24

Coolmore Lexington winner Behindatthebar remains a Kentucky Derby possibility

(From Keeneland)

Trainer Todd Pletcher said April 24 that Starlight Stable, Donald Lucarelli and Paul Saylor’s Monba and Stonerside Stable’s Cowboy Cal remain on schedule to work at Keeneland either April 26 or April 27 in their first works since finishing one-two in the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I). Pletcher said the pair would then ship to Churchill Downs probably April 28, for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on May 3.

A week after the Blue Grass, Pletcher sent out Behindatthebar to win the Coolmore Lexington (gr. II). Now Behindatthebar, who is 19th on Churchill’s list of Derby hopefuls ranked by graded stakes earnings, is a possibility to become another Derby starter for the trainer. Monba is eighth and Cowboy Cal is 17th on the list.

“I’ve got to talk to the owners and see how everything pans out, but I’ve been pleased with the way he’s training,” Pletcher said about Behindatthebar, who galloped 1 ¼ miles April 24. The Forest Wildcat colt, who scored his first stakes victory in the Lexington, races for Padua Stables, Michael Shustek and W. Don Stanley.

If Behindatthebar runs in the Derby, Pletcher said David Flores would again be aboard the colt. Flores rode Behindatthebar in the Lexington and in three of the colt’s four previous races.

Trainer Barclay Tagg reported Tale of Ekati was doing well following his April 23 work at Keeneland in which the colt went five furlongs in 1:00.20.

“It was what I wanted, even though the filly went a little faster,” Tagg said.

Tagg said he will ship both Tale of Ekati and stablemate Big Truck to Churchill Downs April 26 for final preparations for the Derby. He plans to work Big Truck on April 28 at Churchill, while Tale of Ekati will work the following day.