Triple B Farms’ Greyvitos and jockey Victor Espinoza win the Grade III $200,000 Bob Hope Stakes Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Del Mar
Triple B Farms’ Greyvitos, who will face 11 other 3-year-olds in Saturday’s $200,000 Stonestreet Lexington (G3), walked the stakes barn shedrow Thursday morning while wearing a blanket that said, “Greyvitos – Lilac Fire Survivor.”
The son of Malibu Moon, trained by Adam Kitchingman, has faced his share of adversity over the past months. In December, he was evacuated from the Lilac Fire that engulfed San Luis Rey Training Center in Southern California, and early this year he underwent minor knee surgery. Despite the challenges, Kitchingman remains hopeful about the colt’s chance of making the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), with the next option being the Preakness (G1).
“The fire didn’t affect him, except for shipping around from place to place,” Kitchingman said. “That’s always a challenge, how they’re going to react; a new environment, new conditions, just trying to keep him healthy. The toughest thing was probably going through knee surgery and bringing him back.”
In November, Greyvitos won the Bob Hope (G3) at Del Mar, and the following month picked up 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby for his victory in the Remington Springboard Mile (L). The Stonestreet Lexington will be his first race of 2018. The stakes is the final points race in Kentucky on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, awarding a total of 34 points to the top four finishers: 20-8-4-2.
“He hasn’t missed a beat; he’s worked every five or six days, galloped every day and has been wanting to do more,” Kitchingman said. “We’re still going to be on the bubble of whether we get into the Derby. I’m just happy that he’s back and doing well.”
Greyvitos arrived at Keeneland Wednesday evening, walked Thursday and will visit the track for the first time Friday.
“He’s pretty full of himself, so we’ll probably gallop; just go once around to take a little bit of the edge off of him,” Kitchingman said.
The Stonestreet Lexington marks the first time Kitchingman will run a horse he has trained himself at Keeneland.
“It’s not going to be easy, but I’m happy with how he’s training and I think he’s pretty fit,” he said. “It’s every trainer’s dream to go to the Derby. He’s done everything right. It’s been an adventure, to say the least.”
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