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Saturday, May 27, 2017
Cupid's 4-year-old debut couldn't have turned out better as the striking gray colt rolled home in the Santa Anita Park stretch to win the $500,000 Gold Cup (G1) by 3 1/4-lengths...
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Faypien got the best of Noted and Quoted by about a half-length in Sunday's Angels Flight S. at Santa Anita Park to lead a 1-2 finish for Bob Baffert in the seven furlong contest for 3-year-old fillies...
Saturday, May 13, 2017
After spending most of the spring on the Triple Crown trail, American Anthem won the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera S. (G3) Saturday at Santa Anita Park...
 
Baffert seeks fifth Derby with Mor Spirit
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
One year removed from American Pharoah's historic Triple Crown run, Bob Baffert is back at Churchill Downs for Saturday's 142nd Kentucky Derby with another talented colt in Mor Spirit.

Mor Spirit drew post 17 during Wednesday's Derby post position selections and is the 12-1 fourth choice. He'll be ridden by three-time Derby winner Gary Stevens.

"The last time I had the 17 post was with Point Given (2001 Horse of the Year, who wound up fifth in the Derby) and Gary Stevens, and here we are again. It's funny the way all the speed is on the outside, so it'll probably be two different races going on," Baffert said after the draw. 

Maybe not on the same level as American Pharoah, Mor Spirit is nevertheless a Grade 1 winner of the Los Alamitos Futurity and has finished worse than second only once in seven starts.

The son of Eskendereya is owned by Michael Petersen and has earned $658,400. The dark bay has recorded a pair of stellar five furlong works since arriving at Churchill Downs, both in :59 4/5 seconds.

Baffert's Derby winners prior to American Pharoah are Silver Charm (1997, who Gary Stevens also rode), Real Quiet in 1998, and War Emblem in 2000.

The Kentucky Derby is race 12 on Saturday, with a scheduled post time of 6:34 p.m. ET. NBC television coverage runs from 4 – 7:30 p.m. 

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