Sadler To Keep Rock Your World In California To Train Up To Kentucky Derby

Rock Your World was on the wash rack at 7:30 Easter morning cleaning up as readily as he dusted off eight rivals in Saturday’s Grade 1 Runhappy Santa Anita Derby in Arcadia, Calif., earning him a place on racing’s biggest stage, the Kentucky Derby on May 1.

Trained by John Sadler for owners Kosta and Peter Hronis and Talla Racing, and bred by Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally and his wife, Debbie, Rock Your World went to the front and never looked back, winning by 4 ¼ lengths, giving two-time Italian riding champion Umberto Rispoli his first Grade 1 victory in the United States.

Rock Your World, a son of Candy Ride out of the Empire Maker mare Charm the Maker, earned 100 Kentucky Derby qualifying points with the victory and will attempt to become the 20th horse to run in the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby and go on to capture the Kentucky Derby.

“We’re still enjoying this win,” Sadler said. “This is Easter Sunday, so Monday we’ll look at the calendar (for an itinerary), but he would have a traditional California pattern where we’ll train here and go to Kentucky the week of the race.”

It was Rock Your World’s first race on dirt after two victories on turf, but Sadler always seemed confident the colt would make a successful transition to the main track.

“You’re hoping, but it’s one of those things, you don’t know until you do it,” said Sadler, who is seeking his first victory in the Run for the Roses. “We’re thrilled the way things worked out.

“I’ve never won the Derby, but last time I was there (at Churchill Downs) we won the Breeders’ Cup Classic (in 2018 with Accelerate), so I’m looking forward to going back to Louisville.

“We’ve run four horses in the Kentucky Derby before but haven’t won.

“Umberto has been a great addition to our jockey colony … I was kind of shocked hearing this was his first Grade 1 win here. He did so well last year I thought he would have picked up one already. He’s a good kid, very competitive.”

Ditto for Rock Your World.

Baffert on runner-up Medina Spirit: ‘Four weeks to sharpen him up’
Medina Spirit, a game second as the 9-10 favorite behind Rock Your World, came out of the race in good order and will attempt to give Bob Baffert his seventh victory in the world’s most famous race on May 1.

“He ran a game race like he always does,” Baffert said of the $35,000 bargain son of Protonico. “The winner was very impressive, but our horse showed up, he ran his race, he came out of it well and we’ve got four weeks to sharpen him up.

“He’ll be right there. He’s always going to be tough; he tries hard all the time.”

Baffert also sent out maiden sprint winner Defunded in the race and the gelded son of Dialed In rallied to finish fourth.

“He got real tired towards the end,” Baffert said. “He wasn’t ready for something like that but we had to take a chance at it. I don’t know where I’ll run him next.”

Meanwhile, Baffert has Rebel winner Concert Tour and runner-up Hozier set for this Saturday’s Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.

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