Perretti Racing Stable’s Forty Tales held off Capo Bastone by a diminishing neck to win the 89th running of the $201,425 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs on April 27.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Forty Tales was the fourth of five winners on the night for jockey Joel Rosario.
“When we turned for home, I asked him to go and he went and put me in a good spot,” Rosario told Churchill Downs Publicity. “I’m lucky to be here (Kentucky). Things have been going great and hopefully they’ll continue.”
The victory was worth $119,889 to increase Forty Tales’ career earnings to $219,789 with a record of 5-3-1-0.
Todd Pletcher trainer of Forty Tales, winner, and Capo Bastone, runner-up: “We felt like there was a little bit of speed in the race and both of these horses’ styles are to settle and make one run. It seemed like the track was playing favorably to those kinds of horses on the night so we just let them do their thing and it worked out well.
“When we came here we were undecided as to whether to run in the Lexington or here but I liked the way he worked over the track and that was the deciding factor.”
Zee Bros led the field of nine through fractions of :22.48, :45.07 and 1:10.02 as Rosario kept Forty Tales well off the pace. Turning for home, Titletown Five joined Zee Bros on the front end with the two dueling to midstretch before being challenged by Forty Tales.
Forty Tales, a Kentucky-bred son of Tale of the Cat out of the Forty Niner mare Forty Love, kicked clear in deep stretch and had just enough to hold off Capo Bastone and complete the mile in 1:35.77 over a fast track.
Titletown Five finished another three-quarters of a length back in fourth and was followed in order by Ruble, Zee Bros, Officer Alex, G.T. Tabu and Tour Guide.
Reed Palmer photo