Baffert won't start a horse in Kentucky Derby

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Bob Baffert won't be saddling a horse in Saturday's Kentucky Derby for the first time since 2008.

The Hall of Fame trainer said Monday that Govenor Charlie would not run. His other possibility, Code West, also won't compete in the Derby at Churchill Downs.

Govenor Charlie was 11th on the points leaderboard that determines the 20-horse field for the 1¼-mile race. Code West was ranked 21st.

Baffert hasn't been on the Derby sidelines since 2007 and '08. He has won the race three times, but not since 2002.

He says Govenor Charlie looked good in training, but he and his owners don't want to run if their horse isn't competitive enough to finish in the top three.

Baffert will saddle Midnight Lucky in the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, then fly home to California.


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