By Dick Downey
“Then there was one,” Bob Baffert said after War Academy was pulled up in the Arkansas Derby. But it might be premature to stamp that in stone.
Baffert still plans to send Govenor Charlie to the Kentucky Derby. The Grade III Sunland Derby winner has Derby 50 points and sits at number 11 on the points list.
Of course, Baffert also trains Super Ninety Nine, 30 points, a distant third in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby; Den’s Legacy, 20 points, sixth in the Arkansas Derby; and Code West, 20 points, -- in the Grade II Louisiana Derby.
Baffert said last week that how his horses were training, and not points, would be the determining factor in whether they run in the Kentucky Derby. No definite word has been put out for any of the three. Den's Legacy was, however, shipped back to California on Sunday instead of to Kentucky as originally planned.
As for War Academy, he's OK on Sunday.
“He’s fine,” Baffert said. “Mike Smith said the horse’s hind end kept going out on him a little bit down the backside, so he didn’t feel comfortable and pulled him up. But when he got back to the barn he looked fine. We’re shipping him today to Kentucky. We’ll monitor him, but he looked fine.”