On Saturday, 20 horses will step into the gates at Churchill Downs, with one ultimately winning the "Run for the Roses" and making the first step towards Triple Crown immortality.
Life's been good to Bob Baffert, so far.
Interestingly, past year the organizers of the Kentucky Derby instituted the "Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby" rule, which allowed for horses from that respective country to be able to compete in the race.
"Bodemeister nearly got away with it but the pace got to him a little bit", said Baffert of his 2012 Derby horse who finished second after being unraced at 2.
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While this horse was no match for the Derby favorite Justify in their most recent head-to-head outing, Bolt d'Oro has the sheer ability to contend for the win as another intriguing sleeper option.
Good Magic has done well for himself since being a runner-up in his career debut at Saratoga, earning the 2-year-old male Eclipse Award by winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, and winning the Grade II Blue Grass on April 7. The Santa Anita-based colt is the most experienced in the Derby after running 10 previous races. Yet, while Justify is in his "rookie year", as he didn't race as a 2-year-old, Mendelssohn has an impressive resume of some major wins. The Starlight horses have a poor record in this race, never having finished better than ninth since Lucarelli joined forces with Starlight founders Jack and Laurie Wolf in 2004. "But I don't really worry about that". Justify has beaten just 14 horses. Third in the morning line at 6-1, Magnum Moon is the most highly rated of four horses that will be saddled for the Derby by Pletcher, who captured the 2017 Derby with Always Dreaming and who will also be represented by Florida Derby hero Audible, Wood Memorial winner Vino Rosso and Louisiana Derby victor Noble Indy. The overcrowded field of 20 horses coupled with the are wild cards.
Bolt d'Oro and Audible will be pleased with their draws, too.
You don't have to tell Baffert. Hum but I think it's a great time obviously for dale Benson and her family because. He knows what he's up against. "It's probably the most competitive Derby I've seen in years".
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