Last year, Bob Baffert used the Arkansas Derby as American Pharoah’s final springboard to the Triple Crown. This year, he’ll try to do the same with Cupid, who, like Pharoah, won the Rebel Stakes in his penultimate prep race. Cupid isn’t regarded as a blowaway talent, but he has improved with every race. If he wins Saturday, he’ll likely be one of the top few Derby choices behind Nyquist.

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