Trainer Tony Dutrow said he’s ruled out the Rebel Stakes for I Spent It. The Arkansas Derby is said to be a "maybe".
A grade II winner last year, this morning I Spent It had his third workout since knee surgery last fall, covering a half-mile in a sharp :48.40 under Ricardo Santana Jr. The breeze was the fastest of 183 recorded works at the distance on a day when a lot of training missed due to a winter storm was made up.
Dutrow said I Spent It is “about four weeks from running,” meaning the six-furlong Gazebo Stakes on March 21 is a possibility. But, Dutrow stressed that he won’t push I Spent It to make the Arkansas Derby, unless it’s the desire of co-owners Alex and JoAnn Lieblong. The Lieblongs live in Conway, Ark. A couple of weeks ago, Lieblong publicly claimed that Dutrow forgot to nominate I Spent It to the Triple Crown.
“You’re talking about a mile and an eighth race, and the horse has never been anywhere near that distance,” Dutrow said. “We’re running out of time to get there, anyway. It’s got to be a perfect world and something that Alex Lieblong and his wife want to do.”
I Spent It won two of fopur starts last year, including the Saratoga Special. He had a small bone chip removed from a knee after finishing last of six in his final start at two, the Champagne Stakes.
Edited Oaklawn release with additional content by Dick Downey