Grade II-placed Don't Get Mad and Vicarage top the eight-horse field of 3-year-olds entered for the $100,000 Derby Trial on Churchill Downs' opening day card Saturday.
Trained by Ron Ellis, Don't Get Mad could earn a ticket to the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) with a strong performance Saturday in the one-mile Derby Trail. A son of Stephen Got Even
owned by B. Wayne Hughes, Don't Get Mad has won two of five starts while finishing second in t he San Vicente (gr. II) and third in the San Felipe (gr. II).
Vicarage, a Dogwood Stable-owned son of Vicar
, is trained by the red-hot Todd Pletcher. From eight career starts, the colt has two wins and finished second to Derby contender High Limit in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II).
Field for the Derby Trial is:
1 -- Big Top Cat, 116, Mike E. Smith
2 -- Miracle Man, 118, Cornelio H. Velasquez
3 -- Vicarage, 116, Robby Albarado
4 -- Ultimate, 116, Rafael Bejarano
5 -- Santana Strings, 116, Corey J. Lanerie
6 -- Gallardo, 116, Brice Blanc
7 -- Crimson Stag, 122, Javier Castellano
8 -- Don't Get Mad, 116, Gary L. Stevens