(Trainer Bob Baffert / Photo by Gene McLean)

From the Breeders’ Cup Media Team:

Trainer Bob Baffert (Improbable, Classic, Post 8, Authentic, Classic, Post 9; Maximum Security, Classic, Post 10) – “That was crazy. I got here just before the draw and I saw Authentic in the 9. And they’re going to be easy to watch.  It’s not like the Sprint and they have a long run to the turn. They have to break well. Improbable, he needs to break well. Improbable, he deserves to be the favorite. They all have speed and those jockeys will work it out. The riders I have are smart, they know their horse and are going to ride their own horse. And the horses are doing well. If they show up, they have to bring their ‘A’ game. They’re easy to ride. They’re not tough to ride. Right now, I’m not even thinking about trips. We’ve got to get them here and make sure there are no hiccups. Things can happen until they are on the ground.”

 Trainer Bob Baffert (Gamine, Filly & Mare Sprint, Post 2) – “I was hoping she would get an outside post because an outside draw is more important in a sprint. And, all the speed is in there. But, you know what, she’s fast.”

Trainer Bob Baffert (Princess Noor, Juvenile Fillies, Post 7) – “I think it’s fine for her with seven horses.”

Trainer Bob Baffert (Classier, Juvenile, Post 8) – “There is the quick run (to the turn) so they have to break well. If he doesn’t break well, you know how that goes. He lacks a lot of seasoning and it’s a bold move to bring him here.”

Owner Jack Knowlton (Tiz the Law, Classic, Post 2) –“(The post position) would not have been our first choice but you watch his races this year, he pops out of the gate so he is going to be able to get in a good position. We are not worried about it.”

Trainer Barclay Tagg (Tiz the Law, Classic, Post 2) – “I’d rather have that than the 15 in a 15-horse race. It is what it is. He’s fit; he’s healthy; he’s doing well. I can’t do any more for him.”

Al Stall Jr. (Tom’s d’Etat, Classic, Post 4) “That’s perfectly fine with us. Honestly the most interesting thing is the Baffert horses are in the three outside posts. That is kind of wild. Honestly I’m kind of glad Improbable is far away from us as far as in the stall. But we’re fine. We were hoping for the five but four is the next best thing. Absolutely no excuses whatsoever. He runs inside, he can take dirt, he can rate off a fast pace. Nothing bothers him.

“I’d like to sit in on Bob’s huddle with the jocks but he’ll come up with a plan that works for him. Our game is its funny how even the most non dramatic events can throw out some drama just looking at it on paper.”


 Trainer Brad Cox (Monomoy Girl, Distaff, Post 10) – “She was 11 of 11 in the Breeders’ Cup in 2018. She was 14 of 14 in the Kentucky Oaks. I love it.”

Trainer Tom Amoss (Serengeti Empress, Filly & Mare Sprint, Post 7) – “I think Gamine drawing toward the inside suggests they have to go. The good news is that the horses outside of us have no speed, so we are able to break and not be chased anything outside of us.”