Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert will not have contender in Saturday's 139th Run for the Roses. Baffert had three prospects on the grounds at Churchill Downs but each of them will be pointed elsewhere. It's the first time since 2008 that Baffert has been without a Derby starter.
Power Broker, Code West and then lastly Governor Charlie were all declared out of the running. Governor Charlie, 11th in the points standings, the winner of the Sunland Derby was considered the top prospect among the three. But his training was compromised by a bruised foot in last couple of weeks. He hadn't worked since April 11th.
"I'm going to wait. I sat down with Mike and we said let's not push it and get him right," Baffert said. "There are other races. It's tough to miss it, but if you don't think you can run 1-2-3, I just don't want to run. I know there have been some longshots (that have been winners), but I didn't feel it. You have to feel it. I didn't feel that we were going to be competitive. That's why we passed on it."