"We haven't commented on it until now, and we won't comment on it," Wallace said, obviously irritated by the question.
The race started with favorite Paradise Woods, ridden by Flavien Prat, and Miss Sky Warrior, with Paco Lopez aboard, getting into a speed duel turning fractions of 22.79 seconds and 46.24 in the 1 1/8-mile race.
Meanwhile Abel Tasman, with Smith in the saddle, was languishing at the back of the field.
"I didn't expect to be that far back," Smith said.
Smith tried to take the filly to the rail, which had been a good place to be on the sloppy track earlier in the day. But Abel Tasman didn't like that, so Smith moved her back to the middle of the track.
"This sport, things can change overnight," Baffert said of how his best colt Mastery suffered an injury and Abel Tasman ends up in his barn. "I'm just fortunate that I got a call one day that says, 'Would you take this filly?' I go 'What? Of course.'"
Baffert plans to go back to L.A. in the morning because he doesn't have a horse in the Derby.
"I don't have anything in," Baffert said. "I don't know what I would do with myself. I need to have something to get me nervous or some challenge or whatever. We'll get back to California. It's going to be a nice trip back."
Baffert, it seems, has more of a sense of humor than others on the postrace dais.
As Smith got up to leave the news conference, Baffert yelled to him, "Don't lose those colors."
It was 9 a.m. Friday and no additional horses had scratched, so Royal Mo was out of the Derby. The 3-year-old colt for trainer John Shirreffs and owner Jerry Moss spent most of the week in the No. 21 position. They needed one more horse to pull out of the race for them to be in.
Royal Mo started the week at No. 23 and moved up when Todd Pletcher scratched two of his horses. Shirreffs had indicated that Royal Mo might go to Baltimore to run in the Preakness in two weeks. Gormley may also go if he comes out of the Derby in good shape.
After a horrendous weather day Friday, things will improve for Saturday's big race. The showers were expected to subside overnight. However, according to weather.com, the rain will restart around 7 a.m. but be done by 2 p.m. That should give the track superintendent more than four hours to get the track ready for the Kentucky Derby.
Four from the Juvenile
A lot can happen between the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in November and the Kentucky Derby in May. Most of the horses stumble or don't measure up along the way. But this year, four horses that ran in the Juvenile are in the Derby.
Juvenile winner Classic Empire is the morning-line favorite. Other horses in both races are Practical Joke, who finished third, Lookin At Lee, who finished fourth, and Gormley, who was seventh.