Spielberg is a three-year-old colt who had started the season strongly, but a poor run in the Florida Derby ruled him out of the Churchill Downs showpiece.
2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby
Spielberg finished in 31st place on the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby, having picked up 17 qualifying points. This will see him miss out on the Churchill Downs showpiece.
In one of his most recent races, he finished fourth in the January 30 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita, which gave him an additional qualifying point. In that outing, Spielberg bumped from inside at the start. He eventually came four-wide into the stretch but could never rally to move ahead. The Robert B. Lewis was won by Medina Spirit.
Spielburg picked up a further four points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby when finishing second behind Essential Quality in the Southwest Stakes on February 27.
Spielberg's career performances
Spielberg has a strong team of connections around him, starting with Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Spielberg was just one more of the trainer's runners on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Baffert has more than 3,100 career wins from 13,500-plus starts. His purse earnings sit above $310million.
Baffert was awarded the 2015 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer, the fourth time he had claimed the prize. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame back in 2009, and in 2020, he ranked third by earnings among all trainers. Some of the big victories his horses were responsible for include the 2020 Kentucky Derby, the 2018 Belmont Stakes and the 2018 Preakness Stakes.
Union Rags retired with a career record of 5-1-1 from eight starts, and his final purse earnings sit at $1.8million. His last performance before being retired was a victory in the 2012 Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park, which followed a seventh-place run in that year's Kentucky Derby.
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s Miss Squeal was trained by George R. Arnold, II. She was retired with a career record of 3-1-1 from 17 races and her final purse earnings sit at $108,966.