War PassWar Pass (left) (Sarah Andrew) Eclipse Award winner War Pass (Cherokee Run), who gave way grudgingly to be second behind Tale of Ekati (Tale of the Cat) as the odds-on choice in Saturday’s Gr1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, came out of the race in good order and will head to Churchill Downs for the May 3 Gr1 Kentucky Derby. “It was the only big race that I finished second in that I appreciated it as a win,” trainer Nick Zito said. “He ran as tough as he could and showed what kind of horse he is, especially the way the race shaped up.” Nick Zito added, “Obviously this sets him up great for the Kentucky Derby. He got nothing out of his race in Tampa, so he needed this.”

Tale of Ekati headed to Keeneland Saturday night and was none the worse for the wear after his busy day, according to trainer Barclay Tagg. “He came with me last night and everything is right,” said Barclay Tagg. “He’s going into the Kentucky Derby the right way.”

Barclay Tagg also has Kentucky Derby candidates Elysium Fields (El Prado {Ire}) and Big Truck (Hook and Ladder) in the barn, and added, “I will say this: I wouldn’t trade my three for any others going into the Kentucky Derby.” The conditioner is looking at Saturday’s Gr1 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes or Gr2 Arkansas Derby for the pair.

Click here to watch the video of TALE OF EKATI winning the Wood Memorial Stakes 2008 

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News