Gary Stevens, named to ride Noble Causeway in Kentucky Derby.

Gary Stevens, named to ride Noble Causeway in Kentucky Derby.

Associated Press

Stevens Named to Ride Noble Causeway in Derby

Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Nick Zito now has jockeys set for all five of his contenders for the 131st running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on Saturday, May 7.

Zito completed the job of securing riders when three-time Kentucky Derby winner Gary Stevens committed to ride My Meadowview Farm's (Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Riggio) Noble Causeway, the runner-up in the Florida Derby (gr. I). Jockey Edgar Prado, who is still looking for his first Derby victory, will remain in the saddle aboard Tracy Farmer's Sun King, winner of the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) and fourth in last week's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) at Keeneland.

"Mr. Riggio and his wife, Marie, are very excited that Gary Stevens will be riding Noble Causeway in the Kentucky Derby," Zito said. "Mr. Farmer feels the same about having Edgar Prado on Sun King for the Derby. It's really good to have our riders lined up."

Zito is bidding to become just the second trainer in history to saddle five starters in the Kentucky Derby. Four-time Derby winner D. Wayne Lukas sent five contenders into the race in 1996 and won the roses with Overbrook Farm's Grindstone.

Jockeys expected to ride Zito-trained horses in the Kentucky Derby are Javier Castellano on Kinsman Farm's Bellamy Road; two-time Derby winner Jerry Bailey aboard Live Oak Plantantion's High Fly; and Corey Nakatani on Robert LaPenta's Andromeda's Hero.