"She worked good," Baffert said. "She needed the work. She can make both (races). They're three weeks apart. I've got to get all the money I can while Halfbridled is out. I've got a feeling I'm going to be on the road a lot next spring. I haven't seen a filly like (Halfbridled) since Silverbulletday. Now I know how they all felt when I had Silverbulletday."
Kentucky-bred Victory U.S.A. is a daughter of Victory Gallop and the Cox's Ridge mare Fordyce. Overall she's won one of her four career starts, with a second and two thirds, for earnings of $269,400.
Baffert also said Class Above, who was a well-beaten sixth in the Breeders' Cup, came out of the race slightly sick but is doing well now.
"She had a ton of green mucus in there after the race," the trainer said.
Baffert said there are no immediate plans for a next start for the daughter of Quiet American.