Baffert pulls two possible starters from Kentucky Derby

April 23, 2013 

Trainer Bob Baffert, center, watches his horses train for the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.

JAE C. HONG — Associated Press

  • Derby points standings

    1. Orb 150

    2. Verrazano 150

    3. Goldencents 129

    4. Java's War 122

    5. Overanalyze 110

    6. Revolutionary 110

    7. Lines of Battle 100

    8. Vyjack 70

    9. Will Take Charge 60

    10. Itsmyluckyday 50

    11. Governor Charlie 50

    12. Black Onyx 50

    13. Palace Malice 50

    14. Normandy Invasion 44

    15. Frac Daddy 44

    16. Mylute 42

    17. Oxbow 36

    18. Falling Sky 30

    19. Charming Kitten 20

    20. Winning Cause 20

    21. Code West 20

    22. Tiz A Minister 20

    23. Golden Soul 14

    Note: Earnings in non-restricted stakes are used to break ties.

LOUISVILLE — Super Ninety Nine and Den's Legacy won't run in the Kentucky Derby after trainer Bob Baffert took them out of consideration.

Baffert said Tuesday that based on their recent form he didn't think either horse would be competitive enough to win the May 4 race.

"They're both good horses, but we'll look for something else down the road," Baffert said. "We realize there are some other horses on the 'bubble' with the hope of running and we wanted to get this information out as soon as possible to make sure they'd have every opportunity to run and prepare for a start in the Derby."

Super Ninety Nine was ranked 18th with 30 points on the Derby leader board that determines the top 20 horses with preference to run at Churchill Downs. The colt won the Southwest Stakes in February, but finished fifth in the Rebel Stakes and third in the Santa Anita Derby.

Den's Legacy was No. 20 with 20 points. He was runner-up in the Sham and Robert Lewis stakes, and third in the CashCall Futurity and Rebel, then finished sixth in the Arkansas Derby.

Baffert still has Sunland Derby winner Govenor Charlie (ranked 11th) and possibly Code West (ranked 21st) and Power Broker (ranked 24th) as possible starters in the Derby, which he has won three times.

"As for Code West and Power Broker, we haven't made any decisions yet about their Derby status," Baffert said. "I'll be in (Louisville) Saturday and I want to watch them train over the track and see what happens. They'll work again Sunday or Monday, but I won't make final decisions about those two until I have to."

Baffert also said Fiftyshadesofhay won't run in the $1 million Kentucky Oaks on May 3.

"But she could go in the Eight Belles or Black-Eyed Susan," Baffert said.


Derby points standings

1. Orb 150

2. Verrazano 150

3. Goldencents 129

4. Java's War 122

5. Overanalyze 110

6. Revolutionary 110

7. Lines of Battle 100

8. Vyjack 70

9. Will Take Charge 60

10. Itsmyluckyday 50

11. Governor Charlie 50

12. Black Onyx 50

13. Palace Malice 50

14. Normandy Invasion 44

15. Frac Daddy 44

16. Mylute 42

17. Oxbow 36

18. Falling Sky 30

19. Charming Kitten 20

20. Winning Cause 20

21. Code West 20

22. Tiz A Minister 20

23. Golden Soul 14

Note: Earnings in non-restricted stakes are used to break ties.

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