Close win for Forty Tales in Trial

Forty Tales overtook pacesetter Zee Brothers in the deep stretch and held off stablemate Capo Bastone by a neck Saturday night in the Grade 3 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs.

The win gives Forty Tales enough points to enter the Kentucky Derby next week, though trainer Todd Pletcher said the horse was ”very unlikely to wheel back in a week.”

Pletcher already trains five horses eligible for the May 4 race and could have a record six starters.

Joel Rosario rode Forty Tales, one of his five of the 11 winners on opening night of Churchill’s spring meet — a day after concluding the spring meet at Keeneland with a record 38 wins.

Owned by Pernetti Racing Stable, Forty Tales ran the mile in 1:35.77 and paid $8.20 to win. Ruler of Love was third.

Forty Tales has three victories in five career starts.

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