Zayat Stables' Maimonides will race for the first time since Sept. 3 when he competes in the Jan. 12 San Rafael Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park, trainer Bob Baffert said Dec. 19.
A $4.6-million purchase at Keeneland’s 2006 September yearling sale, the Vindicationcolt made his last start in Saratoga's Hopeful Stakes (gr. I), in which he faded to third after setting aggressive fractions of :22.60 and :45.00 He came out of that race with sore shins, however, and was laid up for several weeks.
“You can throw that race out,” Baffert said. “He came back and his shins were killing him. Now he’s back in training and he’s coming along very well. He’s the kind of horse you’re always looking for, to develop one step at a time.”
Maimonides last worked Dec. 16 when he went six furlongs in 1:12.20 on the Hollywood Park Cushion Track. Baffert said he would stretch out the colt to the San Rafael’s one-mile distance because of his natural speed.
“He’s a very fast horse--one of those kinds that will take it to them every time,” the trainer said. “He has got a good foundation and a couple starts as a 2-year-old under his belt, so we’ll keep going and keep our fingers crossed.”
Bred in Kentucky by Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds, Liberation Farm, and Hill 'n' Dale Farm out of the Silver Deputy mare Silvery Swan, Maimonides broke his maiden at first asking Aug. 8 at Saratoga when he won by an impressive 11 1/2 lengths in a maiden special weight at the New York track. The San Rafael will be his third career start.