Hall of famer Baffert has won a host of famous races, including four Kentucky Derbies, and his horse American Pharoah won the Triple Crown in 2015. "I know I have a great horse," he added when quizzed by reporters. "If he just repeats his last race we'll be in good shape." Wednesday's draw for the Saturday showpiece was seen as favorable for Arrogate -- he'll be in gate nine of 13. "Nine is fine," Baffert explained. "The main thing for him is to get away, then it's up to (jockey) Mike Smith to decide. "I just didn't want to be number 14 or on the inside -- otherwise it really didn't matter." According to Baffert's assistant Dana Barnes, who has been riding both horses in Dubai, Arrogate was "just
Jeremy Scott’s 6yo has won once from his 12 starts to date, taking a 3mile hurdle race at Ludlow in November last year. A winner of a 2m3f hurdle race on heavy ground over two years ago (his only win to date), the 8yp was last seen finishing 9th of 14 beaten 28 lengths.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Thunder Snow, winner of the UAE 2000 Guineas, is among six 3-year-olds made eligible to compete in the Triple Crown series during the late nomination period. The late nominees, which required a payment of $6,000 each, raise the total nominations to 425 for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont stakes. The late nomination period closed Monday. The early nomination window closed in January and required a payment of $600. Ireland-bred Thunder Snow, owned by Godolphin Racing, is set to run Saturday in the $2 million UAE Derby in Dubai. The colt has three wins in seven career starts for trainer Saeed bin Suroor. The other late nominees are Hollywood Handsome, trained by