The world is aware of about Medina Spirit by now: the gritty Derby victory, the failed drug check and a protracted wait to see if the colt could be disqualified. However what about Baffert’s different horse within the Preakness?
Live performance Tour was undefeated in three races heading into the Arkansas Derby on April 10. However after he completed a distant third in that race, Baffert determined to have him skip the Derby and give attention to the Preakness. The Corridor of Famer Mike Smith, who has gained the Preakness twice, picks up the mount.
Barnes, the Baffert assistant who’s in Baltimore, mentioned he was happy with Live performance Tour’s progress.
“He was a bit of on the sunshine aspect after the Arkansas Derby, and Bob and Gary West opted to cross on the Derby and run a contemporary horse within the Preakness,” Barnes mentioned of the colt’s homeowners. “We’ve mainly seen all the things you’d need to see. No hiccups in any respect. His coat is gorgeous. He’s consuming effectively. He needs to be prepared for Saturday.”
The Derby controversy apart, a victory from both Medina Spirit or Live performance Tour would give Baffert a report eight victories within the Preakness. He’s presently tied with Robert Wyndham Walden, who saddled seven Preakness winners between 1875 and 1888.
If Smith, 55, wins aboard Live performance Tour, he’ll break his personal report (set at age 52 in 2018 aboard Justify) because the oldest jockey to win the race. John Velazquez, Medina Spirit’s rider, is 49.