"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.