Kentucky Derby Contenders by Bob Baffert

First of all Hall of Famer Bob Baffert has trained five different Kentucky Derby contenders that went on to win. Leaving Baffert one win away from tying legendary trainer Ben Jones’ six Kentucky Derby wins. With Baffert hoping to tie Jones’ record at this year’s Kentucky Derby, he reflected on his career and three horses he is training for this year’s Derby.

For the reason that, “I was just hoping that one day I’d be training 20 horses,” Bob Baffert said, recalling his early years as a quarter horse trainer in the late 1970s. “I thought that would be great. That was the goal, to train 20 horses. I never thought I’d be here. It’s been quite a journey.”

Firstly, he then went on to discuss the horses he is training for the Derby.

“Thousand Words is getting better,” Baffert said about the winner of the recent Robert Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita.

Secondly, Thousand Words doesn’t have tree-bending speed or knock-back acceleration, but he wins, and, even more, “He wants to win,” Baffert said. “He’s a grinder, and he’s very professional.” Hence, Thousand Words should improve as the distances stretch out, his trainer said, and the classic mile-and-a-quarter should bring out his best.

2020 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Kentucky Derby Contenders Bob Baffert

Authentic is a different story altogether. “He’s just raw talent.” Bob Baffert said about the colt that won the Sham Stakes (G3). Despite ducking toward the inner rail in mid-stretch, perhaps shying from the grandstand noise. With the addition of earplugs, he recently worked a bullet three-quarters of a mile in 1:12.20.

Therefore, “He’s light on his feet and has a lot of speed,” Baffert said, “but he’s not made like a sprinter. He’s barely tapped his talent.”

As a result, according to Baffert, Thousand Words and Authentic will both be back on the track. Track at the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita, while Nadal will go to Oaklawn Park to make his two-turn debut in the Rebel Stakes a week later after winning Sunday’s San Vicente Stakes, for instance.

In conclusion, “He’ll never have to run that fast again.” Baffert said of the opening four furlongs. “Also, I like the way he gutted it out. It’s very rare you see a horse run a race like that, especially in their second start. Only the good ones can do stuff like that. He’s tough. He shouldn’t have any trouble stretching out.”

February 25, 2020 by : Posted in 2020 No Comments

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