Kentucky Derby notebook: He’s the Derby contender Bob Baffert claims to fear most, and you could have bought him for $16,000 the week before Christmas. Maximum Security has galloped one of the most unlikely paths to this year’s Derby starting gate.
Kentucky Derby notebook: Trainer Mark Casse has retained his faith in War of Will through a poor final prep performance and a tough draw for Saturday's race. Meanwhile, jockey Mike Smith looks for a ride after Omaha Beach's scratch.
The world might take his success for granted, but trainer Todd Pletcher is back at the Kentucky Derby with four contenders. If anything, he's outdone himself in 2018. Each of his Derby hopefuls won a major prep race.
WinStar Farm and president/CEO Elliott Walden co-own Derby favorite Justify, another strong contender in Florida Derby winner Audible and Noble Indy. The farm also bred Bolt d’Oro, an 8-1 co-fourth choice in the morning line.
After Nyquist drew the No. 13 post in the Kentucky Derby, owner Paul Reddam looked at trainer Doug O'Neill and said he thought the number might be lucky. O'Neill put an equally upbeat spin on the No. 3 after the undefeated Derby champion drew that post for Saturday's Preakness.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert nodded in approval as he heard American Pharoah will start from the No. 5 hole when he attempts to become the 12th Triple Crown winner in history in Saturday¿s Belmont Stakes.
American Pharoah left no doubts about his status as the pre-eminent 3-year-old of a gifted crop after winning the 2015 Preakness Stakes. Now the question is whether he can handle the war of attrition that will culminate with a Triple Crown shot on June 6 in the Belmont Stakes.
The field for the 2015 Preakness Stakes continues to take shape, with International Star now out because of a chipped ankle and continued speculation over which horses trainer Todd Pletcher might saddle in the May 16 race.
Baffert's remarkable duo — the effortlessly swift 5-2 favorite American Pharoah and undefeated 3-1 second choice Dortmund — will start in the No. 18 and No. 8 posts, respectively, as determined by Wednesday evening's post-position draw.