Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert says there's no advantage to racing in is own backyard when it comes to the Breeders' Cup.
Baffert, who has been headquartered at Santa Anita Park for more than two decades, can fall out of bed and be at the Breeders' Cup when it's run Nov. 2-3. Ditto for his horses, who are only a furlong away from their barn to the starting gate. But that doesn't necessarily provide an edge over those who have to ship in from all parts of the globe, he says.
"The only advantage you have in the Breeders' Cup is if you have the better horse," said Baffert, who has 11 horses pre-entered in the 15-race extravaganza. "That's one thing I've realized about the Breeders' Cup. I don't care where you go; the best horse is your only advantage.
"Believe me, everywhere I've gone for the Breeders' Cup, the only time I had an advantage is when I had the better horse. If I'm 50-1 and only have to walk about 100 yards, it's not going to help."