Trainer Todd Pletcher has a familiar problem in Saturday's running of the Kentucky Derby. Which horse does he watch in the race?
Everyone should have such problems.
This will be the sixth time that Pletcher has started at least four horses in the Derby. Intuitively, you would think that would give him — and Bob Baffert and Dale Romans, who each have two horses — a tactical advantage with more than one game plan.
Trying to plan your day? Figuring out when you should have your first mint julep and still be able to function by race time?
Things are pretty as usual for the start time of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. The official post is 6:46 p.m. in Louisville, which is 3:46 p.m. in L.A. The 46 part is pretty fluid — you can expect the race to really start about 6:52 to 6:55 p.m. EDT.
NBC is on the air until 7:30 p.m., which is the only real deadline Churchill has to worry about, and the race will be long over by then.
Barn 25, tucked away in the far corner of Churchill Downs' backstretch near a road, can be a pretty lonely place. Tuesday morning was no different. A lone security guard stood protecting the horses from nobody. Trainer Keith Desormeaux held the reins as a groom washed one horse off.
Three young women watched, asking if it was Kentucky Derby runner My Boy Jack.
"Nope, he's done for the day, he's sleeping," Desormeaux said.