LOUISVILLE — Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s International Star, winner of the Louisiana Derby, has scratched from the Kentucky Derby because of a quarter crack.
The No. 1 post will remain open and the horses on the outside will slide down one spot. Program numbers will remain the same. This will be the first Kentucky Derby with less than 19 horses since Smarty Jones beat 17 challengers in 2004.
A changed Bob Baffert appreciates it more, says my column. “”I’ve become a big baby,” Baffert said. “I told Jill, ‘What’s happening to me?’ I think when they put those stents in me they put something else in there.”
Martin Garcia is the one man who may know how this duel plays out, writes Alicia Wincze Hughes of the Herald-Leader. “Jockey Martin Garcia won’t publicly crack either on the debate over who is better, the reigning juvenile champion or his unblemished stablemate. It is his hands and seat, however, that have the greatest insight into the most debated topic leading up to the first leg of the Triple Crown.”
LOUISVILLE — Bob Baffert is lucky guy. The three-time Kentucky Derby winner trains this year’s top two choices in American Pharoah and Dortmund. Baffert is also on pins and needles. Four more days until the race and he hopes everything continues to go well.
LOUISVILLE — It is Kentucky Derby week, which means I’m spending time at Churchill Downs this week. Tuesday morning, I talked with Carla Gaines, trainer of Bolo. Gaines would be the 14th female trainer to enter a horse in the Derby. No female trainer has ever won the race. Shelly Riley came closest with Casual Lies, who finished second to Lil E. Tee in 1992.
Gaines was a psychologist/counselor for two years before taking some time off to work with her first love, thoroughbreds. She never returned to counseling.