Bob Baffert, Medina Spirit’s next step after Kentucky Derby victory


Medina Spirit’s stunning Kentucky Derby win gave Bob Baffert a good problem – figuring out where to hang another sign on the already crowded wall of his barn.

The Hall of Fame trainer won a record seventh derby victory, which also swept him off guard, should he and the horse’s connections determine whether the dark brown colt hurried to the 146th Paralysis in Baltimore on May 15 Will roam, where there is a collection of comforts awaiting horses and vengeful contestants.

“He came out of it well,” Buffart said Sunday morning at Churchill Downs. “It takes about a week to determine, so I am going to come back and see it at the end of next week. I don’t see anything that discourages me right now.

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Similar wait-and-see decisions were backwards a day after the 147th Derby returned to its traditional May date.

Compared to the Derby at 1 3/16 miles, the Preaklic is well established for the horses who left Churchill Downs for the sprint at the Pimillo Race Course. No chance of redemption for contestants falling short for Medina Spirit.

Trainer Doug O’Neill said third-place finishers Rock Your World would not be among them, who instead watch the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes run on June 5 in New York.

Meanwhile, Brad Cox plans to speak with runner-up Mandalown and 5-2 Derby favorite Essential Quality Connections, finishing fourth. Although not disappointed to win in his first derby, the Louisville-born trainer was encouraged by finishing in the top four of the 19-horse field.

After a head-on six in the Louisiana Derby, Mandaloun provided a pleasant surprise on Saturday, chasing the Medina Spirit, narrowing down the stretch before halving the length. Cox insisted that the quality needed was the best horse in the derby and just created extra distance for himself in an attempt to make claims.

“He ran a great race, very proud of his effort and the Mandalouns,” Cox said. “He was fourth best at a mile and a quarter. He lost a lot of ground around both turns. “

Asked if he wanted to run Preakness, Cox said: “I wish if I thought my horses were doing really well.” I really have to base this. “

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Baffert can throw another of his students into the Preakness mix.

He further expanded his availability with reporters by working with several horses, including a concert tour, which finished third in the Arkansas Derby. A decision for Colt with three wins by owners Gary and Mary West.

Meanwhile, Baffert points out the Medina Spirit’s biggest win.

His Lone Derby entry was under the radar at 12–1 hurdles after ending in the second place, including one against Rock Your World in the Santa Anita Derby. Medina Spirit quickly lined up behind her and did not trust despite the pressure, covering 1 1/4 miles in 2: 01.02.

The two-time Triple Crown winner was careful not to make any guesses about his latest derby champion, which he briefly paraded in front of a gathering outside his barn. Baffert then took him in for a well-rested rest before his next chapter.

“It was just a thrill to see him and fight,” Baffert said. “He came back, he’s handling it quite well. He wasn’t as tired as I thought he might be. Such a big race, but he handled it well.”

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