After winning the Kentucky Oaks with Abel Tasman, veteran trainer Bob Baffert was asked what he thought about the Kentucky Derby. This is an edited version of his response (Baffert does not have a horse in the Derby):
"I ask other people and everybody says, 'I don't know.' It's like the 'I don't know' Derby. I think there are some nice horses in there. There's a lot of parity. There hasn't been a horse separate himself from the pack yet. And usually the Kentucky Derby will do that. I think a horse is going to do something [Saturday].
"I don't know which one it is. But one of them is going to do that to get everybody chimed in. I think all the races have been pretty close. You know, you've got the winner of the Florida Derby [Always Dreaming], I think Todd Pletcher's horse is really fast .... A lot of horses have to have their own way, [such as] Irish War Cry. You have got the California horses, they're tough. McCraken is a hometown horse that you hear all these whispers.