Ten Most Wanted
A four-length victory in the April 5 Illinois Derby was one of the most impressive 3-year-old wins of the year.
He's moving from Triple A to the majors on May 3, and as a closer he's going to need racing luck in the crowded Derby.
Before the Santa Anita Derby, this Hollywood horse from the Seabiscuit crew was touted as the most likely challenger to Empire Maker off a fierce close in the March 16 San Felipe.
He ran a dull fourth in the Santa Anita and showed nothing for Frankel to fear.
Baffert is likely down to two starters, but one of them is the reliable Kafwain (who has hit the board in each of his three races as a 3-year-old) and the other is the improving Indian Express.
The distance looks too long for Kafwain, and Indian Express couldn't beat Buddy Gil.
Baffert and his wife, Jill, have a 20-week-old boxer they named Derby. Jokingly, Jill Baffert said two weeks ago, "It's the only Derby we're getting this year."