Baffert: I look at the animal as an athlete. The great ones just stand out. Of course, every once in a while they'll sneak in an [Allen] Iverson on you, a real small one that's outstanding.
SI: Ben Jones holds the trainers' record, with six Derby wins. Is that a goal for you?
Baffert: No trainer sets out to win six Kentucky Derbys. But once you've won it, you want to do it again. It's the only race you get addicted to once you win it. I'd really like to win it more than six times.
SI: Give us a horse that will surprise us on May 3.
Baffert: Indian Express [who's a long shot]. He almost won the Santa Anita Derby, the first time he ever went around two turns. That's very rare. The raw talent is there.
SI: That's one of your horses. Will you throw some money on him?
Baffert: I don't know. I've only bet on two Derby horses in my life—Real Quiet and War Emblem—so I'm two for two. And last year I gave the tip on War Emblem to P Diddy in the paddock before the race. Later that day he was showing off a stack of bills that he won. But I never saw him again. I got P Diddly-squat out of it.