Can Kentucky Derby winner go on to sweep Triple Crown?

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If trainer Bob Baffert hopes to go on to his third Triple Crown sweep with Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, he may find his toughest competition is himself.
Jockey John Velazquez throws roses into the crowd after winning the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Photo by Jason Szenes/UPI | License Photo

May 3 (UPI) --

"Can he win the Triple Crown? I don't know. But he's the Derby winner, and that's all that matters," Baffert said Sunday morning at Barn 33 on the Churchill Downs backstretch, celebrating his record seventh Kentucky Derby win.

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A day after the Kentucky Derby, few other trainers were actively talking about going on to Baltimore for the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 15. That might leave a bigger-than-usual opportunity for so-called "new shooters" -- horses who did not run in the Derby.

And chief among those is another from the Baffert barn -- Concert Tour, a colt who might have been among the favorites Saturday in Louisville were it not for a puzzling third-place finish in the Arkansas Derby. That was his first career loss and prompted Baffert to take him out of the Kentucky Derby mix.

Concert Tour worked 5 furlongs Sunday morning at Churchill Downs and Baffert said he "worked well." But he added that owner Gary West "wants the horse to develop and don't get in a rush with things. We know he's a really good horse so we'll talk to him and see how he is next week."

Baffert would not even confirm a Preakness slot for Medina Spirit, who led virtually all the way in the Derby en route to a gutsy 12-1 upset win. But he clearly would have to find some reason not to give the colt a chance at Pimlico.

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