Keyed Entry, who finished third in the Wood Memorial (gr. I), will ship to Churchill Downs Monday, and if he trains to the satisfaction of trainer Todd Pletcher, will be pointed for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Jack Wolf, whose Starlight Stable (along with wife Laurie), owns Keyed Entry in partnership with Paul Saylor and Don Lucarelli, said the final decision whether to run will be made by Pletcher after he watches the son of Honour and Glory
train at Churchill.
"Right now, we want to go and Todd wants to go," said Wolf, who felt Keyed Entry's chances in the Wood were hampered by the fast fractions the colt set over a tiring, sloppy track. Keyed Entry had been taught to rate off the pace in the Gotham Stakes (gr. II), in which he finished second, beaten a neck, but was forced to revert back to his previous front-running style when the race came up devoid of speed.
After setting a rapid half-mile in :46 1/5, Keyed Entry battled gamely when challenged by the more seasoned Bob and John and held on stubbornly until giving way in the final sixteenth.
"The track for the Wood was nothing like the sloppy track we had at Gulfstream in the Hutcheson (gr. I)," Wolf said. "Obviously, we got very leg weary in the last sixteenth of a mile. We leave these types of decisions to Todd, but as of now, you can say we're probable. We also want to see how Bluegrass Cat does in the Blue Grass (gr. I), so we have an idea where we stand regarding a rider."
Keyed Entry, who currently ranks 13th on the graded earnings list with $205,000, has won three of his five career starts, including a victory over First Samurai in the Hutcheson Stakes.