Art Sherman

After a long layoff, Klimt hopes to shake off the rust in Los Alamitos Derby

After a long layoff, Klimt hopes to shake off the rust in Los Alamitos Derby

Expectations were high for the 2-year-old colt named for an Austrian painter. Five races into his career he had a win and place in Grade 1 races and a win in a Grade 2.

Then came the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and a disappointing eighth-place finish in the 11-horse race in early November.

That was the last time we saw Klimt run for real.

But now as a 3-year-old, he will make his return Saturday in the very competitive $200,000 Los Alamitos Derby over 1 1/8 miles.

“He’s been away a long time,” said trainer Art Sherman, who got the horse at the beginning of the year when owner Kaleem Shah moved him from Bob Baffert’s barn.

“It’s a pretty big question mark if...

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