How other SoCal trainers see the Derby

Here’s how some of the trainers based at Hollywood Park see Saturday’s 135th running of the Kentucky Derby, courtesy of Hollypark publicity man Steve Schuelein:

Jesse Mendoza — “I’ve got to go for (trainer Jeff) Mullins’s horse (I Want Revenge). He was so impressive in his last race, getting left at the gate and overcoming trouble to win.”

Paul Aguirre — “There are so many X-factors, but I like Pioneerof the Nile. Any time a horse can change his style as often as he has and still win, he has to be an outstanding horse.”

John Sadler — “Emotionally, I’m rooting for Papa Clem. It’s bigger than (trainer) Gary Stute. It’s Clement Hirsch (the late icon after whom the horse was named by his son and owner, Bo), Warren Stute, Mel Stute and California racing. I think all the California horses — Papa Clem, Pioneerof the Nile, Chocolate Candy and Mr. Hot Stuff — will run well. It’s a strong group. Chocolate Candy, owned by Jenny Craig: what a story that would make.”

Mark Glatt — “You’ve got to like Mullins’s horse (I Want Revenge).”

Barry Abrams — “Dunkirk. He’s a fresh, up-and-coming horse, and has got the right style for this race.”

Steve Knapp — “I like Baffert’s horse (Pioneerof the Nile). He’s done nothing wrong, and Baffert has won the race three times before.”

Mike Harrington — “I Want Revenge.”

Julio Canani — “It’s going to be a long shot. Bet the field.”

David Hofmans — “I Want Revenge.”

Eric Guillot — “Baffert’s horse is a proven commodity, but I’d like to see Mullins’ horse win.”


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