Wesley Ward, trainer and part-owner of Blue Grass third-placer Pablo Del Monte, reports that his colt remains on the road to the 140th Kentucky Derby for now.
With the defection of Cairo Prince Saturday, Pablo Del Monte ranks 23rd on the Kentucky Derby leader board with 20 points.
"Keep him on the list, but the way it looks now I'm training for the Preakness," Ward said.
The son of Giant's Causeway is presently behind Vinceremos (20th and final spot in the main body of the field), Harry's Holiday (21st) and Commanding Curve (22nd). All possess 20 points as well but have accumulated more non-restricted stakes earnings, which determines ties, than the $102,000 earned by Pablo Del Monte.
Ward said he plans to work Pablo Del Monte at Keeneland next weekend.
The top 20 point earners that pass through the Kentucky Derby entry box on April 30 are guaranteed a starting spot. Up to four also-eligibles, ranked by points, will also be named in case of an overflow. They could draw into the field should any horse(s) be scratched before scratch time on Friday, May 2, at 9 a.m. (EDT).