Atswhatimtalknbout Never Got a Shot, Ellis Says

(from Churchill Downs notes)
A day after the Kentucky Derby, trainer Ron Ellis lamented the fourth-place finish of Atswhatimtalknbout.

"He never really got a clear shot to run until it was too late," Ellis said of his closer. "I was watching the head-on replays and it looked like David (jockey David Flores) had a lane but, somebody, I don't know who it was, closed it. It is like Wayne Lukas said, 'the toughest thing about this race is you only get one shot at it.' Maybe we will get a little better luck the next time."

Ellis reported that the son of A.P. Indy is doing well and should return to the Triple Crown trail soon.

"My gut feeling is the Belmont," said Ellis, of his first Derby starter. "We pushed hard to make this race and I don't think to come back in two weeks and then another three would be best. I am leaning toward spacing his races and giving him a chance to develop."

Ellis said he was not sure of his travel plans for Atswhatimtalknbout.

"I may go back to California or I could just leave him here and keep him in Paul's (brother-in-law Paul McGee) barn. We have been using his exercise rider (Raul Vizcarrando) and I could shuttle in and out. With him, the shorter distance to travel, the better."