Zito said owner Len Riggio left the decision up to the trainer. "I feel like Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in '48 Hours,'" Zito quipped, referring to the amount of time he now has to prep a horse for a 1 1/4-mile race. The post position draw for the Derby starts at noon.
Nowhere to Hide is a son of the late Vindication and is out of the Seeking the Gold mare Stirring.
A winner of one of eight starts, Nowhere to Hide broke his maiden Dec. 13 at Calder Race Course. In three starts since, all in graded stakes, Nowhere to Hide ran fourth behind Friesan Fire in the Feb. 7 Risen Star Stakes (gr. III), fourth behind Musket Man in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III), and fourth, beaten 11 1/4 lengths by Musket Man in the April 4 Illinois Derby (gr. II). Bred in Kentucky by Robert Raphaelson, Nowhere to Hide has earned $100,099.
Nowhere to Hide’s last published work was April 18, when he went four furlongs in :50 3/5 at Churchill Downs.
Zito, a member of racing's Hall of Fame, has won two Kentucky Derbys with Strike the Gold (1991) and Go for Gin (1994).