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What The Santa Anita Derby Trainers Are Saying


Bob Baffert (American Anthem, Irish Freedom, Reach the World) said, “All three have worked well and they’re doing well. I was going to run West Coast, but he’s not quite ready for that yet.” About Mastery: “He’s doing well and he’s healing. He’ll probably be here for a couple months before we ship him out.”

Leandro Mora, assistant to Doug O’Neill (Iliad, Milton Freewater, So Conflated, Term of Art) said, “Every horse is different. Iliad is a mellow horse who likes to nibble every now and then in the stall like any other horse, but at the track he’s all business, so he’s good at what he does.

"Term of Art is a big kid who is learning. People fear him because he’s a horse that’s going up the ladder race after race, so let’s hope he can continue to do better.

“We always thought Milton Freewater could go longer because of his pedigree, so we’re hoping he improves in his first race in a grade I and his first at this distance.

“I feel more confident about So Conflated after watching him gallop yesterday. He looked very, very, very brilliant.”

Jerry Hollendorfer (Battle of Midway) has never won the Santa Anita Derby. Assistant Dan Ward said of Battle of Midway, “He can stalk or be close to the pace. He still has room for improvement.”

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