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http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-derby- ... ve-starter
This is really amazing when you think about it. For a barn that really almost operates on a KY Derby or bust motto, to not have a starter has to be a huge disappointment. Maybe $20,000,000 worth of stock was sent into BB to get to the Derby and everyone of his owners will be no more than a spectator.
Pete, no doubt it is a huge disappointment, especially considering how loaded he was with so many talented shooters earlier in the year, but to Bafferts credit, he didn't force the issue and conceded when things did not work out...Not saying that not getting to the derby is a good thing, but many other trainers would have felt the pressure in that situation to run anyway.
I agree with you that Baffert would not just run to be there. I can't even see him feeling good about saddling some 50-1 shot who he knows has no shot. Others who are desperate for the limelight (Lukas) would take a fringe player there to just pretend to be relevant. Could see Baffert giving an owner the option but phrasing it in away that made the owner feel like it would be wrong to run. Baffert is a charasmatic guy and he adds something to big races, so I wish he had a serious horse, who knows Flashback could have been the one. But when I see how much money Bafferts owners spent to get there, and it did not work out for anyone, it makes what Oneill has done taking two cheap no pedigree buys all the way really incredible. People knock Doug on here, but if he gets the right horse he can sure get the job done.
On a related note to the $20kazillion worth of stock Bob gets.....
What about a guy like Nick Zito, sure he's got a couple of Derby winners circle pictures on his wall, but what kind of stock has he gone through with one goal in mind every year? Probably deals with more homebreds that you can't put a pricetag on so he avoids that auction scrutiny, but I'm thinkin he's gone through his fair share of stock yet watches ABC/ESPN on the big day just like the rest of us.
I think when people are running homebreds (from my experience), they are a bit more patient in letting the horse develop, so may not race the hell out of them to get to the Derby. Zito horses always seem to come around in the summer, perhaps he's a bit more patient with them and allows them to develop into handicap horses.
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