The horse has been pointed to the Kentucky Oaks but trainer Todd Pletcher is now saying the horse could be entered in the Derby. The horse would not be the favorite in Kentucky odds but she would add even more interest to the Derby.
Kentucky wagering odds will have Devil May Care in one of the two races at Churchill Downs. She would have a lot better chance to win the Kentucky Oaks than the Derby but Pletcher is giving the Derby some though. He now has seven potential starters for the Derby. “It’s been a consideration for a while, but we won’t make any decisions until she ships in and works at Churchill. We’ll see how it goes from there,” said Pletcher, “That is the case for a lot of them. It all depends on how they work—Interactif and Discreetly Mine (too). It’s just going to depend on their works.
“Her status has nothing to do with all of the other horses. It will be determined on her own merits.”
Devil May Care has had five starts and won three of them including her last one in the Bonnie Miss (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park on March 20th. The concern is that she has never raced against males. The reason that Pletcher and owner John Greathouse are considering her for Kentucky Derby odds is because of the longer distance. “She acts like she wants to run beyond a mile and an eighth,” Pletcher said. “That is the main reason. We’ve worked her with a number of our colts who are being considered (for the Derby) and she has worked as well or better than most of them. But there is a lot to consider, including running in a field of 20 and things like that. We’ll just wait and see after she works.”
If Devil May Care is entered in Kentucky wagering for the Derby then she is going to have an effect. First off, her regular jockey is John Velazquez but he is going to ride Eskendereya who is favored in Kentucky odds. Also, if the horse is entered she will bump out one of the other 20 horses because her graded earnings easily put her in the top 20. And can you imagine seven Pletcher horses in the field?