By Dick Downey
Starlight Stables and Skychai Racing announced Monday they have purchased General a Rod and will continue with plans to run him in the Kentucky Derby.
Jack Wolf, who manages Starlight and who will manage this partnership, told Bloodhorse.com that Mike Maker would continue to train General a Rod. Joel Rosario will retain the Derby mount.
General a Rod has never finished off the board in five races. After winning the Gulfstream Park Derby in his third start, he finished second in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes and third in the Besilu Stables Florida Derby.
J. Armando Rodriguez, who named the horse after himself, sold General a Rod for an undisclosed sum
James Shircliff of Skychai races in orange and turquoise colors that will be used in the Derby. He and Wolf have known each other since the 1980’s and were partners in lesser horses in those days.
Starlight has Intense Holiday in the Derby, and Skychai is a partner in Harry’s Holiday, also trained by Maker.
Maker told DRF.com he would have been surprised by the announcement but for the fact that nothing really surprises him any more in the world of horse racing.
General a Rod, who breezed a slow five furlongs in 1:03.40 last Wednesday, is due to put in his final Derby workout on Tuesday at Churchill Downs.