The 2018 Run for the Roses is just a few months off, but it may as well be over for Remington Springboard Mile and G3 Bob Hope Stakes winner Greyvitos, whose horse odds for Kentucky Derby are not looking too good at the moment. So, why the long face? The Remington Springboard Mile and G3 Bob Hope Stakes winner recently had bone chips surgically removed from his knee, and while the son of Malibu Moon (and he certainly is a chip off the old block) could still be ready for May, “It’s going to be difficult, but it’s not impossible,” trainer Adam Kitchingman said. “They were very, very small chips and were in a place where they came out nice and easy.”
Well, this is clearly a case in which you just let the chips fall where they may. Kitchingman now has to determine where he wants to train Greyvitos as the colt prepares to come back from surgery. “We’re still planning on trying to make it to the Derby,” added Kitchingman. “Obviously we still need more pints and lots of things need to go right. It’s a step back, that’s for sure.” The plan was originally to give Greyvitos a freshening before going back to work in January. Kitchingman had to decide where to train after fires in San Luis Rey, where horse and trainer where based, forced evacuation in December.
However, Kitchingman will now give Greyvitos more time with the Derby trail a consideration. “We’re still aiming for that,” he said, “but obviously just taking it week by week right now… He’s just recovering right now.” As for his horse odds for Kentucky Derby, The Wynn Las Vegas’ horse betting race book took Greyvitos off the board over the weekend, where he was previously listed at 60-1. One thing’s for certain, though, and it’s that when and if Greyvitos does race the Derby, he will run with a chip – not on his knee, but on his shoulder.
Speaking of which, Cool Bobby, one of the top Derby prospects on the West Coast, will miss the Run for the Roses trail after he underwent surgery for a chip in his left front ankle, trainer Peter Eurton said Sunday at Santa Anita. Cool Bobby is off the Sham Stakes on Saturday as well, but there’s still something to look forward to, as Bob Baffert trainee Mourinho is set to go two turns for the first time. Mourinho will be the headliner after losing by 1½ lengths to Greyvitos in the Grade 3 Bob Hope at Del Mar. nonetheless, Mourinho, who cost $625,000 and is a son of Super Saver, looks like he would like to go longer. Bu then, who doesn’t? Other contenders include Shivermetimbers – a Jerry Hollendorfer-trained colt coming off a maiden score – and Here Is Happy, who will add blinkers after running last throughout in the Bob Hope. The Sham Stakes awards points toward a spot in the Derby starting gate, so the winner’s horse odds for Kentucky Derby should get a boost.