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Trainer Bob Baffert pins hope for Derby repeat on Mor Spirit

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is resting his hopes for back to back Triple Crowns with Mor Spirit.

The Santa Anita Derby (GI) runner-up is expected to have his final workout Monday morning.

It has been 20 years since Baffert saddled his first Kentucky Derby runner and nearly pulled off the upset when Cavonnier finished second by a slim margin.

Since that time he has won four Derbys, including last year with the heavily favored American Pharoah, who went on to become the sport's first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. Baffert is feeling a lot less pressure this time around.

He arrived early for Derby week to help christen the new Kentucky Derby Museum exhibit honoring American Pharoah.

Following a special ceremony in the Museum's Great Hall, all of the horse's winning connections, including Baffert, his wife, Jill, Owners Ahmed and Justin Zayat of Zayat Stables and Jockey Victor Espinoza, officially opened the exhibit by releasing a giant balloon and fabric swag draped in turquoise and yellow, the colors of American Pharoah's iconic silks.

The Zayat Family also allowed American Pharoah's Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown trophies to be displayed together for the first-time ever within the exhibit.

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