John Shirreffs on Sunday was pleased with the condition of Gormley and Royal Mo, first and third in the Santa Anita Derby.
“They looked good this morning,” said Shirreffs. “They ran just like we had hoped and we’re happy to be going to the Derby again.”
Gormley, ridden by Victor Espinoza, had an ideal trip, tracking three pacesetters early on, making a four-wide bid in mid-stretch and prevailing by a half-length.
Royal Mo had to break from post 13 and was three wide on the first turn but continued gamely despite Gary Stevens losing his whip inside the 16th pole.
“It was an excellent race for him,” Shirreffs said. “He was wide from a bad post position. I thought he ran super.”