Derby Kids hit social media

May 4, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The offspring of several Kentucky Derby trainers are hitting social media this week to provide inside dirt on their fathers' horses.

At least 14 sons and daughters are tweeting on the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association account. The HBPA is donating $100 to the charity of choice for all the Twitter participants.

Bailey Romans, daughter of trainer Dale Romans who will saddle Brody's Cause on Saturday, is among those interviewing her dad online. She tweeted a photo of the colt baring his teeth, suggesting they needed to be cleaned before Derby day.

Keith Assmussen, son of Steve Asmussen who trains Gun Runner and Creator, is joining in. Hannah Pletcher, daughter of Todd Pletcher, also has two horses to tweet about: Destin and Outwork. Bailey Desormeaux is the son of Keith Desormeaux, who trains Exaggerator, and nephew of the colt's jockey, Hall of Famer Kent Desormeaux.


Not involved is Bode Baffert, the pre-teen son of four-time Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert. Bode is frequently seen with his parents at the track, but they don't allow him on social media yet.

The Twitter account is (at)KyHBPA with the hashtag (hash)KYDerbyKids.