Jst off phone with Wesley Ward: no decision tonight on running Pablo Del Monte in #KyDerby or notWell, this is interesting.
— Claire Novak (@ClaireNovak) May 1, 2014
A 19 horse field instead of a 20 horse field can cost a couple of million in handle. 2 million in handle at 20% boat is $400,000. If the Derby has turned into a corporate nickel and dime fest, where an owner can't get an extra seat or two, why not let these owners have a little fun.
"We the owners of Pablo Del Monte will enter the Derby, if you pay us $395,000"
Churchill might say "that's bananas Del Monte!", but I bet they'd come back with a counteroffer. It's how they roll.