"He proved that he can compete at this level," Albertrani said. "It's a matter of whether he is peaking at the right time now and hopefully this week he will be at his best."
The last workout by a candidate for Saturday's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) was turned in Wednesday when Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) winner Deputy Glitters was timed in 1:03 1/5 for five furlongs.Trainer Tom Albertrani said he would have preferred a Tuesday breeze for the colt, but delayed it due to the torrential rain that fell in Louisville during early morning storms. He noted, however, that the son of Deputy Commander normally works three days before a major race.The Joseph LaCombe homebred has won two of seven starts while earning $205,548. Following his Tampa Bay Derby win, the colt finished sixth over s sloppy track in the Wood Memorial (gr. I). In his only other start over a sloppy track, the colt finished sixth in the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga last year, leading to speculation that Deputy Glitters might be scratched from the Derby if the track came up muddy or sloppy.Albertrani dismissed that possibility. "Whether it comes up sloppy or not, at this point we are going to go," the trainer said. "There is only chance to run in the Derby so I think at this point we will have to go."Noting the Wood outcome, Albertrani said he would draw a line through that race."We were hoping to see a better performance out of the Wood. You don't want to be coming into this race off a poor performance."Albertrani said the Tampa Bay Derby and a second-place finish to Derby contender Bluegrass Cat in the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay were probably more indicative of the colt's potential.