Mor Spirit Eased When ‘Unresponsive’ In Workout; Earplugs To Blame

by | 02.23.2016 | 4:12pm
Mor Spirit winning the Robert B. Lewis

Bob Baffert's Kentucky Derby hopeful Mor Spirit was supposed to record a six-furlong workout Tuesday morning at Santa Anita. His regular work rider Martin Garcia was sick, according to, so Gary Stevens stepped up to ride the sophomore son of Eskendereya.

“I didn't know the horse had earplugs in today,” Stevens said. “He's a lazy workhorse anyway, until I cue him up. When I went to cue him up going into the turn, his ears didn't move. When I started riding him around the turn, he didn't respond. He was unresponsive going around the turn and I was exhausted; I went to give myself a breather and he pulled himself up.”

“Work got screwed up,” said Baffert, though both he and Stevens insisted that there are no soundness issues. “He is (a) very lazy horse and had his earplugs in. Very quiet so Gary took precautions.”


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