The Factor, Jaycito still on Derby trail
Bob Baffert says Jaycito and The Factor are still being considered for the Kentucky Derby.
Baffert wrote in a text message on Wednesday to The Associated Press that The Factor will train up to the Derby. A final decision won’t be made until the horse breezes over the dirt under the twin spires.
The Rebel Stakes winner is coming off a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Arkansas Derby.
Baffert added Jaycito will not run this weekend in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland.
Jaycito missed the Santa Anita Derby on April 9 because of a bruised foot. Baffert said the Derby on May 7 is still possible even though the horse has just one start this year.
Baffert already has one Derby starter in Midnight Interlude, who edged Comma to the Top by a head to win the Santa Anita Derby on April 9.
The Derby is limited to 20 starters, with preference given to those with the most graded stakes earnings if more than 20 are entered.
The Factor is currently 17th in earnings with $272,500; Jaycito is 19th with $250,000. Midnight Interlude’s $600,000 payday for winning in Santa Anita places him seventh on the graded list.