General a Rod
Colt Roman Ruler Dynamite Eyes
6-2-2-1 $282,200

            Named for his original owner, J. Armando Rodriguez, General a Rod finished off the board for the first time in six career starts when he ran 11th of 19 in the Kentucky Derby on May 3.

            A son of multiple graded stakes winner Roman Ruler, General a Rod won or was second in each of his first four career starts. He debuted with a 2 ¾-length maiden victory at Keeneland last October, then was second in one-mile allowance at Churchill Downs.

            In his 3-year-old debut, General a Rod outfought multiple graded stakes winner Wildcat Red down the stretch to capture the Gulfstream Park Derby by a head on Jan. 1. The two horses hooked up again six weeks later in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth, reprising their stretch duel with General a Rod falling a head short at the wire.

            Prior to the Kentucky Derby, General a Rod finished third, less than 1 ½ lengths behind Constitution in the Grade 1 Florida Derby, more than two lengths ahead of the heavy favorite, multiple Grade 2 winner Cairo Prince.

            Jockey Javier Castellano, who was second on General a Rod in the Gulfstream Park Derby, gets the return call.