How about a ‘Midnight Interlude’ at the Kentucky Derby?

Midnight Interlude beats Comma to the Top in the Santa Anita Derby

I woke up this morning and the first news I heard was that the morning line 2nd choice (9-2) for tomorrow’s 137th running of the Kentucky Derby-Uncle Mo was scratched due to a stomach ailment. So what better timing to speak with 3-time Derby winning trainer Bob Baffert who will be saddling Midnight Interlude with jockey Victor Espinosa up at Churchill Downs.

Trainer Bob Baffert thanks his Midnight Interlude for winning the Santa Anita Derby

Midnight Interlude is coming off a classic win in the 1 million dollar Santa Anita Derby gamely outdueling Comma to the Top down the stretch and Baffert told me that he likes his horse’s chances tomorrow even though he’s lightly run with fewer Stakes races on his resume than most usually have coming into this race. Also history is against them as no horse has won the Derby without racing as a 2 year old since 1882 when your favorite and mine, President Chester A. Arthur was in the White House (and even he didn’t like Apollo to win that day!). ‘Interlude’ posted his third consecutive bullet workout when he covered six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 on the Churchill Downs main track the morning of April 26 in his first works at the Louisville track and is currently the 6th betting choice at odds of 13-1 and Bob recommends that you throw a few bucks on his horse at such a nice price (and remember where you got this tip from-unless he runs up the track of course!).

I called Baffert just before he was about to saddle Plum Pretty in today’s running of the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and he’s excited to have horses in both big races at Churchill Downs. I also learned that Bob loves listening to one of my stations KNX and has so, for many years—Thanks for the plug, Bob and good luck tomorrow…

Bob Baffert with Ted Sobel:

And look what just crossed the newswire as I was about to leave the station…

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Plum Pretty took charge at the top of the stretch and then held off a late bid from St. John’s River to win the $1 million Kentucky Oaks on Friday at Churchill Downs.

Jockey Martin Garcia and Plum Pretty stalked early leader Summer Soiree before Garcia sent his 3-year-old filly to the front at the turn. She opened up a sizable lead and needed all of it to beat St. John’s River and jockey Rose Napravnik to the wire in the 1 1/8 mile race.

The win gave trainer Bob Baffert his second victory in the filly version of the Kentucky Derby. No trainer has won both the Oaks and the Derby in the same year since Ben Jones did it in 1952. Baffert will saddle Midnight Interlude in the Run for the Roses on Saturday. Zazu finished third, just ahead of 2-1 favorite Joyful Victory.

Good for you Bob…ONE MORE TO GO!

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