Concert Tour, third beaten 2 1/2 lengths as the favorite in the Arkansas Derby, will bypass the May 1 @KentuckyDerby. Saturday morning text from trainer Bob Baffert: "Concert out. Wait for Preakness."— Churchill Downs PR (@DerbyMedia) April 17, 2021
The Street Sense colt, owned by Gary and Mary West, finished third in the Arkansas Derby (G1) on April 10 at Oaklawn Park in his most recent race, following wins in both Oaklawn's Rebel Stakes (G2) and Santa Anita's San Vicente (G2).
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will now likely only have one contender in the Derby with Medina Spirit, who finished second in both the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and the San Felipe (G2), following a win in the Robert B. Lewis (G3) and another second-place effort in the Sham (G3).
Concert Tour joined a contingent of Kentucky Derby defectors that includes Panadol, Rombauer and Rebel’s Romance. Concert Tour finished the Road to the Kentucky Derby with 70 points, good for ninth on the leaderboard at last update.
The move clears the way for O Besos, trained by Greg Foley, to join the field. Foley said this week the Orb colt would run in the Derby if he qualified and that jockey Marcelino Pedroza will be in the irons.
O Besos finished the Derby trail with 25 points, coming from a third-place effort in the Louisiana Derby (G2) and fourth-place finish in the Risen Star (G2), both at Fair Grounds.
Final decisions and entries for the Kentucky Derby field will be due the morning of April 27.