LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A horse owned by a former Kentucky governor is on the fence to race Saturday.
The horse, Mark Valeski, went through his final Derby work Monday morning in a speedy one minute and one fifth for five furlongs, but former governor Brereton Jones and trainer Larry Jones said they may not be ready to enter Derby 138.
The time was quick, but the Jones said the horse must be peaking to run Saturday.
“You shouldn't go in the Derby unless you feel like you're loaded for bear. This is a really good horse. He's getting better all the time, but you better be at your best for the Derby and that's a decision that Larry's gonna need to make,” Jones said. “And if I don't do a lot with him and he tries to buck me off, coming home, then I know he's gonna get in the starting gate with those other 19 years.”
If Mark Valeski doesn't run, it opens a spot for legendary trainer D. Wayne Lukas and Optimizer. Lukas was following the Mark Veleski work very closely Monday, and in fact, he requested the time over the two way radio.
The final decision on Mark Valeski will come sometime before entries are made for Derby 138 on Wednesday.