And with the 1 1/8-mile race just five weeks before the Derby (May 7), it's unlikely any of 3-year-olds in the field will compete again before the run for the roses
Now he is about to call the most famous race on the most iconic racecourse in the world, the Run for the Roses
at Churchill Downs.
Declan's Moon, undefeated in five races and the early favorite for the Run for the Roses
, careened off that road Friday when trainer Ron Ellis revealed that the gelded son of Malibu Moon has a hairline fracture of the left knee and will be out of training for at least 60 days.
The winner flew to Louisville on Monday morning to begin preparations for the Run for the Roses
on May 3, for which he looks a major contender.
ARCADIA - Last year, when Jeff Mullins took long shot Lusty Latin to Churchill Downs and finished 15th in the Kentucky Derby, someone asked him what he'd do differently if he ran another horse in the Run for the Roses
It's commonplace for the Juvenile winner to be installed market leader for the Run for the Roses
, but no colt has ever done the double.
Baffert said the first stakes race he won with a Mike Pegram-owned horse at Santa Anita was called the Run for the Roses
Sent off an odds-on favourite, Rockport Harbor was unsuited by the wet dirt, according to rider Stewart Elliott, who believes his mount could yet contest the Run for the Roses
on May 7.