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...