LOUISVILLE, KY (WVUE) - Lone Sailor beat the crowd and some alarm clocks in Louisville Tuesday morning by working out at 5:45 a.m. Sailor doesn't own a win in 2018, but his work on the track gives GMB Racing optimism for Saturday.
"I think you have to have a story for your horse to have a good chance," said Lone Sailor's trainer, Tom Amoss. "There was Derby's I've been in where I really did think I had a chance to win it. The story with Lone Sailor is simply that he is really physically a great talent. His mind and understanding of racing is still developing."
The outlook for Gayle Benson's horse didn't change after the Kentucky Derby draw. Sailor was installed at 50-1 odds, but the doubters didn't seem to faze the team.
"I don't put a lot of bearing on that. Lone Sailor, we knew he would be a longshot, but we also knew he would be a longshot with a big chance to improve," said Amoss. "Because he's really getting good at understanding the fight that goes on to win a race, being competitive. Those are the things he's just picking up, and those are the things that give him a real chance to step forward."
"You got some really good horses. You got some top ten horses in this race. Our guys has been training well over this track. That's why I say he'll outrun his odds. He loves this track. Tom Amoss has been getting him in perfect condition. Getting him paddock-trained, he's ready to go," said GMB Racing's Greg Bensel.
The favorite in the Kentucky Derby, Justify at 3-1 odds. The California horse is undefeated.