Kentucky Derby runner General a Rod sold
General a Rod, runner-up in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth and the third-place finisher in the Grade 1 Florida Derby, will remain with trainer Mike Maker and be ridden by Joel Rosario in the Kentucky Derby, according to the new owners. He will wear the silks of James Shircliff, who is a partner in both Skychai and Starlight, in the Derby.
I am proud of my involvement with both Skychai and Starlight Racing Partnerships, said Shircliff. I have been interested in acquiring this horse for some time and Im thrilled we were finally able to come to terms with Mr. Rodriguez.
Jack Wolf, whose Starlight Racing also owns a second Kentucky Derby candidate, Intense Holiday, will be the managing partner for General a Rod.
Jim and I go back a long way, said Wolf. We owned claiming horses together back in the mid-80s. Jims been talking to these people about General a Rod since January and we [Starlight] got involved six weeks ago or so.
When asked about Starlight being represented by two horses in the Derby, Wolf said you cant have too many horses in the race when it comes to the Kentucky Derby. Id like to have all 20.
Maker was made aware of the sale on Monday.
Im a bit surprised, but Ive been around the game long enough not to be surprised, Maker said when informed of the owner change for General a Rod. I havent been given any of the details of the arrangement just yet. Right now Im just going to keep training this horse as I have been to run in the Derby on Saturday.
General a Rod was scheduled to have his final work for the Derby at Churchill Downs on Tuesday.
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