Mon April 29, 2013
Bob Baffert Won't Have a Horse in Derby Field
For the first time since 2008, Bob Baffert won't saddle a Kentucky Derby horse.
The Hall of Fame trainer said Monday that Govenor Charlie would not run, nor would his other possibility, Code West. Baffert said neither horse would have been competitive.
Govenor Charlie was 11th on the points leaderboard that determines the 20-horse field for the 1¼-mile race. Code West was ranked 21st, but was likely to make the field.
Baffert hasn't sat out a Derby since 2007 and '08. He has won the race three times, but not since 2002.
He says Govenor Charlie looked good in training, but he and his owners don't want to run if their horse isn't competitive enough to finish in the top three.
Baffert will saddle Midnight Lucky in the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, then fly home to California.