It's time to hitch a ride on the road to the Kentucky Derby, and the trainers who show up just about every year are back again.
Todd Pletcher, Bob Baffert, Nick Zito and even four-time Derby winner D. Wayne Lukas have a whole bunch of promising 3-year-olds with a chance to run for the roses at Churchill Downs on May 4.
Pletcher leads all trainers this year with 29 nominations to the Triple Crown races — the Derby, Preakness and Belmont — with Baffert next at 23 and Zito with 13.
Pletcher dominates The Associated Press' first edition of Run to the Roses, a weekly Top 10 list of Derby contenders, with four horses, including top-ranked Shanghai Bobby. The trainer won the 2010 Derby with Super Saver.