Ellis Park Derby’s Attachment Rate, Necker Island Hope To Run For Roses

Second and third in Sunday’s Ellis Park Derby, connections of Attachment Rate and Necker Island are hoping to run the 3-year-old colts in this year’s rescheduled edition of the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Sept. 5.

Attachment Rate was defeated 3 1/4 lengths by Art Collector at Ellis, and his top four finishes in the G3 Matt Winn and G3 Gotham have earned the son of Hard Spun a total of 35 points toward the Run for the Roses. That places the Dale Romans trainee 18th on the leaderboard, ensuring him a spot in the starting gate.

“(The Ellis Park Derby,) that’s the best race he’s run for us so far, I think,” Romans told Horse Racing Nation. “With that being said, we should probably try the Derby.”

A further 5 1/4 lengths back at the wire, Necker Island has earned just 14 points toward the Kentucky Derby. That places him 28th on the points leaderboard, but with a number of defections expected this son of Hard Spun should make the main body of the field. Necker Island was a $100,000 claim in June at Churchill Downs, and is owned by Wayne Scherr and Raymond Daniels.

“If there’s any way that there would be an open spot, he will be there for sure,” trainer Chris Hartman told Horse Racing Nation. “I think he’ll probably be able to run a mile and a quarter. Class would be the other thing. I don’t know. I know Wayne would love to run him in the race and it’s going to have to have a lot of things unfold for him to get in there. You never can tell, I guess.”

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