No Serious Issues on Sunday
And now the next step on the Kentucky Derby road is getting to Churchill Downs for Justify and Bolt d’Oro, first and second in the Santa Anita Derby.
“He looks good,” trainer Bob Baffert said of Justify today, and he added that there's room for improvement.
“The track was really deep and loose yesterday, and I was worried about that because he could have gotten really tired, but he acted like he wasn’t, and he handled it well," Baffert said. "He’s still learning how to run, still a little green. He was out there by himself, looking at everything, taking it all in, but I like the way he responded when Bolt made that run at him.
Baffet complimented his competition as well as his own horse.
“Those two beat the rest of that field by a wide margin, so they’re serious horses. You just need racing luck. You’ve got to have the racing luck. Justify and Bolt are the two best horses, and you have to give credit to Bolt. He doesn’t quit. He’s right there every time.”
Other than a minor cut from grabbing a quarter, Bolt d’Oro also came out of the race well, save for a minor cut.
“After the race, there was a little blood by his front quarter on the right side,” owner/trainer Mick Ruis said. “We washed it off and checked it out. It was like getting a splinter. No flesh came off, nothing like that. It just opened up a bit, and in three days you won’t even know it’s there.”
Shipping plans are indefinite. Baffert reportedly wants a week to think about it. Bolt d'Oro may not arrive in Louisville until Monday of Kentucky Derby week.
Edited Santa Anita release with additional content by Dick Downey