Behindatthebar to skip the Kentucky Derby
will not run in the 2008 Kentucky Derby, trainer Todd Pletcher
announced today. Behindatthebar, the winner of the Lexington
Stakes at Keeneland on April 19th, after an impressive
four-length victory at Santa Anita on April 3rd, was 17th on the
Derby's graded-stakes earnings list, which determines who runs
in the race if more than 20 are entered. "We all thought 16
days between two races was a lot of pressure to put on a horse.
If he had gone to the Derby, it would have been three races in
30 days," Todd Pletcher said on Monday, after discussing the
plan with Behindatthebar's owners Satish and Sasha Sanan. The
withdrawal of Behindatthebar from the 2008 Kentucky Derby opens
the door for 21st-rated Denis the Cork to reach the 20-horse
field. Behindatthebar will be racing in the second leg of the
Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes.
Todd Pletcher, however, still has two
three-year-olds for the Derby - Blue Grass winner Monba and
runner-up Cowboy Cal. At the online sportsbook
BodogSports, Monba is currently
listed with 20/1 odds to win the 2008 Kentucky Derby, while
Cowboy Cal is trailing with 40/1. At the racebook Big Brown is
still the 2008 Kentucky Derby favorite with odds 5/2, followed
by Colonel John with odds 9/2 on winning the Kentucky Derby.