Notebook: Kentucky Derby has a new look
The Kentucky Derby has a new look — other than the first-ever national sponsorship by Yum Brands. Former Derby-winning jockeys Jerry Bailey, Pat Day and Gary Stevens have retired. That leaves only four riders in the field who have won the Derby, Kent Desormeaux, who is on Sweetnorthernsaint; Patrick Valenzuela (Keyed Entry); Victor Espinoza (Sinister Minster) and Mike Smith (Flashy Bull).
“Look at him,” he said. “That’s about as good-looking a racehorse as you’re going to see.”
“I didn’t have a Derby horse, but you can’t have everything,” he said. “Given the law of averages, we’ll be back. We’ll keep trying. … I’m grateful people still want to talk to me. I don’t have a crowd like Bob (Baffert), but I will always have something to say.”
Zito will run a couple of horses in the undercards this weekend, including Andromeda’s Hero, eighth in last year’s 0-for-5 Derby. Zito also took some time to break down the big race. Like most, he expects a contentious pace.
“After seeing the post positions,” he said. “I don’t see any way there’s not (a fast pace).”
“I love lawyers, I know all about lawyers,” he said, mentioning the late Johnnie Cochran, who helped Simpson avoid murder charges in the 1994 deaths of his wife and her friend.
“If there was a Lawyer Johnnie, Lord knows, I’d put my house on it,” he said.