Solomini turns in final work for Kentucky Derby 144

Posted to: Solomini Sunday, April 29, 2018
Solomini had his final pre-Kentucky Derby (G1) workout at Santa Anita Park on April 29, covering six furlongs in 1:14 3/5 for trainer Bob Baffert.

Solomini, owned by Zayat Stables in partnership with Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, is schedule to arrive at Churchill Downs on Monday afternoon. 

After the work, Baffert commented on working at Santa Anita rather than at Churchill Downs. “This track at Santa Anita is a very deep, demanding track and they get really fit here,” Baffert said. “We’ve shipped all over and I don’t think there’s a big difference. We used to go there a few weeks early but last year we went in the week before and won the Kentucky Oaks (G1, with Abel Tasman). I don’t think it makes a difference.” 

Solomini, the hard-luck colt who was disqualified from a win in the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1), had Baffert feeling optimistic after the work. “The talent is there, but he’s going to have to get some breaks go his way,” Baffert said. “He’s been training well, looks happy, came out of the last race well.” 

“We’re coming to the Derby with a horse that always runs a good race and he’s done it against all of the top 3-year-olds – Bolt d’Oro, Good Magic, McKinzie, Magnum Moon,” said Justin Zayat. “He’s a competitive fighter.” 

Solomini has never finished worse than third in six career starts, including four Grade 1 events. 

Flavien Prat will ride Solomini in Saturday's Run for the Roses, with post positions to be drawn on Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET.