Northern California trainer Blaine Wright landed on the 2019 Triple Crown Trail after Anothertwistafate won the El Camino Real Derby. He did not earn enough points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby, but made the trip to Baltimore to compete in the second leg, the Preakness Stakes. This year Wright is hoping for another shot on the Triple Crown trail with Multiple Graded Stakes placed Anneau d’Or.
Millie Ball: Despite having a brutally wide trip in the Risen Star, what did you learn about your colt in this race?
Blaine Wright: We don’t have any excuses for the Risen Star. Our horse scoped clean and his bloodwork came back good. For whatever reason, it wasn’t his day and in order to move to the next level, he’s going to have to be a better horse than that.
Millie: With the unfortunate cancellation of the Santa Anita Derby, what immediate plans did you make for Anneau d’Or?
Blaine: I really feel with the cancellation of the Santa Anita Derby it might be very unfortunate for us because we shipped down early and my horse breezed absolutely beautifully over the track. He seems to really love it there (2nd in 2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita) so that was a huge disappointment for us. However, he’s back home, safe and that’s basically all we can ask for at this point.
Millie: What will you plan to do with him during this time of uncertainty?
Blaine: We plan to train at Golden Gate right now and think about the Arkansas Derby, with the hopes of Santa Anita opening back up so we can stay local. There’s also a stakes race at Golden Gate, should Golden Gate get moving forward as well, so we’re kind of in a holding pattern for a couple of weeks. I guess my biggest advantage is my horse is home and he’s doing well so we’re looking forward to his next race.
Anneau d’Or’s 2nd Place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3VcSqtvobI