Baffert returns to Churchill Downs to check on Derby winner

Baffert returns to Churchill Downs to check on Derby winner

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Bob Baffert returned to Churchill Downs on Monday morning to check up on Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah.

The Derby champ and third-place finisher Dortmund both galloped just past 8:30 a.m. Monday.

" Pharoah, he's just still floating over the ground, he looked like he was really into it," Baffert said. "We just let them pick up their gallop a little bit the last half and he just handled it really well. Dortmund, he was really getting aggressive, they looked good, traveling really well over it, and they look like, you know energy wise, they still have it and you know you can tell by the way, their brightness and the way they carry themselves on the track."

Baffert returned to his home base in California the day after the Derby.

Both horses are scheduled to leave Louisville on Wednesday morning for Baltimore and the second leg of the Triple Crown, the May 16 Preakness Stakes.

Baffert has won the Kentucky Derby three times before, and on all three occasions, his horse has followed up the Derby win with a win at Pimlico Race Course.

"The Derby to me matters most, it's just something about it, it's a different animal, and it's history, it's emotional, and the other one's are fun, they're a lot of fun. It's so, it's hard to get across the track there to that winner's circle," Baffert added.

Among those expected to challenge in the Preakness Stakes are Derby runner-up Firing Line and 5th place finisher Danzig Moon. Entries will be taken and post positions drawn for Preakness 140 on Wednesday.

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