In a sensational development Baffert revealed he had received the “biggest gut punch in racing” when he was given the news from his assistant Jimmy Barnes.
Essential Quality may have been the best horse – but circumstances conspired against him as Bob Baffert claimed the prize with Medina Spirit.
All you need to know from Churchill Downs in the takeaway – quotes, reaction video … and the best of the tweets.
Jim McIngvale, popularly known as ‘Mattress Mack’, plans to stake between $2 million and $4 million on the unbeaten colt.
Steve Asmussen-trained colt rallies to land $1m trial – and leaves Godolphin’s Essential Quality as clear Kentucky Derby favourite.
The UAE Derby runner-up was added for $6,000 as a late nomination to the Triple Crown.
Godolphin’s UAE Derby winner will bypass the first Saturday in May in favour of a crack at final leg of US Triple Crown.
Watch the video of a pulsating Blue Grass Stakes battle at Keeneland – plus major Kentucky Derby prep races at Santa Anita and Aqueduct.