Kentucky Derby

Gormley races Saturday at Santa Anita in his next step on the Kentucky Derby track

Gormley races Saturday at Santa Anita in his next step on the Kentucky Derby track

Trainer John Shirreffs was ticking off all the things he liked about his Kentucky Derby hopeful Gormley.

“Not too big or too small,” he said. “Beautiful conformation. Well-muscled. Keen. Intelligent.”

Wait, how do you know a horse is intelligent?

“I guess when he counted to 1,000, it took my breath away,” Shirreffs said with laugh.

You know things are going well when a trainer tries a little stand-up.

On Saturday, Gormley will take the next step in the seemingly forever and exceedingly difficult march to the first Saturday in May. He will face six horses in the $100,000 Sham Stakes (Race No. 7, post time about 3:30 p.m.)...

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