The greatest two minutes of sports is about to get underway this weekend with 20 horses taking to the starting gates at Churchill Downs.
Nyquist remains the favorite in the field and will enter the starting gates with a 7-0 record and remains the only undefeated contender in the race.
Last year's Kentucky Derby was the beginning of an unimaginable dream for the American Pharoah racing team as they swept the Triple Crown series and claimed the Triple Crown Trophy; a journey that no one had completed for 37 years.This year, Team Nyquist looks to do the same with an stellar record and a favorable post position, it's no doubt he'll be close to the lead at the first turn.
This week Triple Crown Hall of Fame Trainer Bob Baffert returned to Kentucky with his family to visit American Pharoah and spend some time with the horse that has meant so much to him and his career. Bob claimed, "He's still the same sweet horse he was and I miss him." Saturday Baffert will saddle one entry in the Kentucky Derby, Mor Spirit. Bob was looking for a little more spirit after Wednesday's post position draw when it was announced that his horse will be breaking from post 17. A post in which no horse has ever won the Kentucky Derby. Yesterday, Baffert wasn't as concerned with the breaking position for his horse and remains confident that his horse will be able to break freely with more room to the outside of him and the closers to the inside. Baffert claimed, " Mor Spirit will be looking for a target to follow."
It all comes down to positioning and luck to win this race. Danzing Candy and Gun Runner will likely be setting the pace for this race and will be on the early lead. Look for Nyquist to be right up there with them and will have the ability to control the field as well. The Kentucky Derby will be the longest distance for these horses to run at 1-1/4 miles and is known to favor closers. With all the closers coming from the inside they have the ability to follow the pace setters and get into position into the stretch.
Nyquist remains the favorite in the field with an unblemished record. He trained yesterday morning during the scheduled renovation break at 8:30 a.m. as well as schooling in the starting gates and visiting the paddock area. The Derby favorite had a good session and remains happy under the watchful eye of his trainer Doug O'Neill.