LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Bob Baffert only wants to be at the Kentucky Derby with horses that have a legitimate shot at winning.
He thought he had three this year, now the Hall of Fame trainer is down to one.
And even Baffert doesn’t sound convinced that Midnight Interlude can get it done in Saturday’s 137th Derby.
The colt lacks the seasoning that many of Baffert’s previous entries have had over the years. Midnight Interlude didn’t compete for the first time until Jan. 29, and he’ll try to become just the second horse to win the Derby without racing as a 2-year-old. Apollo did so in 1882.
Baffert’s other Derby candidates, The Factor and Jaycito, were done in by a poor performance and an injury, respectively.
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