Road to the 2019 Kentucky Derby: Baffert's Improbable Wins Los Alamitos Futurity

Posted by Evan Chronis on Mon, Dec 10, 2018 @ 16:56 PM

After winning another Triple Crown™ in 2018, legendary trainer Bob Baffert is already looking ahead to what he can accomplish in 2019. 

His dreams of continued Kentucky Derby® success going into the new year got even clearer after Improbable took home the Los Alamitos Futurity on December 8, marking the fifth consecutive year that a Baffert trained horse has won the Grade 1 race. 

Mounted by Jockey Drayden Van Dyke, Improbable survived a crowded group going into the first turn and worked his way off of the rail and rode freely into the backstretch. As they went into the far turn, Improbable sat in third behind the leader Mucho Gusto, another Baffert-trainee, but was able to make his chase from there. 

Improbable and Mucho Gusto separated from the group down along the final stretch, with Improbable able to push away from the outside, securing a five-length victory to remain undefeated and earn his first Grade 1 victory.

The win gave Improbable 10 points on the American Road to the 2019 Kentucky Derby, while Mucho Gusto finished with 4 points thanks to a runner-up result. 

Check out our last Road to Derby update!

Road to the Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby American Road Standings

1 Game Winner 30  
2 Knicks Go 18  
3 Signalman 18  
4 Complexity 10  
5 Maximus Mischief  10  
6 Cairo Cat 10  
7 Improbable 10  
8 Gunmetal Gray 4


Kentucky Derby European Road Standings

1 Royal Marine (IRE) 10
2 Magna Grecia (IRE) 10
3 Mohawk (IRE) 10
4 Japan (GB) 10
5 Phoenix of Spain (IRE) 4
6 Broome (IRE) 4
7 Sydney Opera House 4
8 Mount Everest (IRE) 4


Kentucky Derby Japan Road Standings

1 Make Happy (Filly) 10
2 Kingen (JPN) 4
3 Johaan (JPN) 2
4 Romantico (JPN) 1


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