LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – In what seems to be an almost annual exercise, there has been a scratch in the Kentucky Derby field after the draw for post positions.The owners of Stanford informed the stewards at Churchill Downs that their colt would not run Saturday.That allowed Fremmento to be added to the field.
Stanford is owned by Stonestreet Stables LLC, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith.He's trained by Todd Pletcher who will now have three Derby starters.The Louisiana Derby runner-up will now likely be pointed to the Peter Pan Stakes or the Preakness Stakes.
“The horse is fine,” Pletcher continued. “We'll train him tomorrow morning and we'll probably work him the morning of the Derby before we ship him to New York. We didn't wait to scratch him. We did it now to ensure that the also-eligibles would have their chance to run. We think him coming out now is for the best of all.”
Fremmento is a Nick Zito-trainee that finished fourth the last time out in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.
“I got the call from the racing office this afternoon,” Zito said. “We are all excited. We made it. Everybody is happy. He has been training great. I know we will have to break from the 20, but that is a lot better than Post Zero!”
Corey Nakatani will get the mount on a horse Zito says should like the distance.