Lenny Shulman comments on the activities of the day including Nick Zito's pair of Fly Down and Ice Box; Make Music for Me; and the arrival of Bob Baffert and Game On Dude, with comments from Bob Baffert. Watch Video
Trainer Bob Baffert sent Game On Dude out for a gate tune-up May 31 for the upcoming Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Santa Anita clockers credited the Awesome Again gelding with a six-furlong move in 1:12 2/5 handily.
Seven stakes, including the $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap and the $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff Handicap (both gr. III), top Lone Star Million Day on May 31 at the Grand Prairie, Texas track.
Donato Lanni's is the bloodstock services director for Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington. But he's also the person Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert turns to when he searches for future classic winners.
Amazing Hearted, a Lion Hearted colt, brought $240,000 as the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training got under way May 17 in Timonium, Md.
On the morning following Lookin At Lucky's victory in the 135th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 15, trainer Bob Baffert said the colt would be given a break and will not contest the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in three weeks.
Eric Mitchell recaps Lookin At Lucky's Preakness run. Watch Video
Lookin At Lucky battled late to win the Preakness Stakes. View Slideshow
Lookin At Lucky redeemed himself in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), as he took the lead at the top of the stretch and stubbornly held off pacesetter First Dude and Jackson Bend under new rider Martin Garcia may 15 at Pimlico.
A little gate training and an easy gallop was all Jackson Bend required May 14 to be honed for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
The May 13 Preakness Alibi Breakfast was for the most part lighthearted as usual.
Steve Haskin reports on the day's activities, including the withdrawal of Hurricane Ike, the arrival of most of the field, and the draw. Watch Video
Post seven may be a good sign for unlucky Lookin At Lucky, while the chance of a wet track is just fine for the connections of Super Saver.
Super Saver, who captured the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 1, arrived at Pimlico Wednesday afternoon.
Trainer Bob Baffert said May 10 he would enter the colt in the second leg of the Triple Crown unless something unexpected happened.
Awesome Again gelding scored in the May 8 Lone Star Derby (gr. III).
Game On Dude reeled in pacesetter Henshin Hero near the quarter pole and took charge in the lane to register his first stakes victory in the $200,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III) May 8 at Grand Prairie, Texas.
Baffert says Lookin At Lucky "52%" likely to run in the Preakness (gr. I).
The son of Indian Charlie was 15th in the Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) after setting the pace. Lookin At Lucky is still 51% to run in the Triple Crown's second leg.
Trainer Bob Baffert will attempt to win the Lone Star Derby (gr. III) for the fourth time when he saddles Game On Dude for the $200,000 event May 8 in Grand Prairie, Texas.
On a wet morning of May 2 at Churchill Downs, trainer Todd Pletcher was absorbing the previous day's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) victory by Super Saver as the trainers of others made future plans.
Churchill officials say they will turn on lights if the the predicted heavy rain May 1 causes poor visibility.
Lenny and Steve at Churchill Downs to discuss the draw, visit with D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert, and give their Derby picks. Watch Video
The two men, in the name of Gulf Coast Farms, bred morning line favorite Lookin At Lucky and Conveyance.
Lookin at Lucky and Sidney's Candy draw far inside and far outside.
D. Wayne Lukas took the opportunity to take a couple of good-natured jabs at his friend Bob Baffert, who was an unexpected no-show at the annual dinner April 27 in Louisville
Southwest Stakes (gr. III) winner Conveyance lit up the muddy Churchill track Tuesday morning, turning in five furlongs in :59 4/5. The move was Conveyance's final major work in advance of the May 1 Kentucky Derby.
Derby contenders Awesome Act (4f, :48 1/5) and Conveyance (5f, :59 4/5) work Tuesday morning over a "muddy" track at Churchill Downs.
Lookin At Lucky, the new favorite for Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), works five furlongs in the mud at Churchill Downs in 1:00 4/5 during a busy day for Derby contenders.
Probable Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite covers five furlongs in 1:00 4/5.
Favored Mythical Power wore down pacesetter Euroears in the final strides to capture the $200,000 Texas Mile Stakes (gr. III) April 24.
Leading Derby contender Lookin At Lucky went six furlongs in 1:12.00 at Churchill Downs April 21, while his stablemate Conveyance turned in a swift :58.60 five furlong move.
Bob Baffert-trained 3-year-old Tiz Chrome breaks down in workout at Churchill Downs and is euthanized; was working toward start in April 24 The Cliff's Edge Derby Trial (gr. III).
The Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs will re-open April 18 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Hall of Fame trainers D. Wayne Lukas, Bob Baffert, and Nick Zito.
Lookin At Lucky and Conveyance, two contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on Saturday, May 1, trained by Bob Baffert, worked at Churchill Downs April 15.
Jockey Victor Espinoza has received a three-day suspension for his riding in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 3, while Garrett Gomez was fined $750 for punching Espinoza afterward.
Favored Ventana, ridden by a riled up Garrett Gomez, outfought Gotta Go Win in deep stretch to post an exciting nose victory in the $150,000 Potrero Grande Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita April 3.
Trainer Bob Baffert says he just wants to get the standout son of Smart Strike through his final prep in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 3 and get on to Kentucky.
With back-to-back runner-up finishes to Bob Black Jack and Kinsale King at the current Santa Anita meet, Ventana bids for his elusive first stakes victory once more in the $150,000 Potrero Grande Handicap (gr. II) April 3.
The Bob Baffert Hall of Fame jerseys will be publicly signed and tagged with an invisible ink to prevent counterfeiting.
Following Lookin At Lucky's six-furlong workout at Santa Anita March 28, trainer Bob Baffert said his colt is "90% sure" for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 3.
La Nez makes her first start in the $100,000 Santa Paula Stakes (gr. III) March 28 since finishing third to major Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) contenders Caracortado and Alphie's Bet three months ago.
Unbeaten and just slightly tested in four tries, Conveyance heads the field for the $800,000 Sunland Derby (gr. III) at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino March 28.
The field for this weekend's Louisiana Derby (gr. II) is similar to the recently concluded Florida Derby (gr. I) in one important way: Both major Kentucky Derby preps drew full fields of promising but unproven 3-year-olds.
Trainer Bob Baffert said Lookin At Lucky's response to training will determine whether the colt will run in the Santa Anita Derby or wait a week for Arkansas Derby
Favored Lookin at Lucky, trying blinkers and dirt for the first time in his 2010 debut, won the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park when his late bid produced a neck victory over the stubborn Noble's Promise.
Trainer Bob Baffert brings out his big gun, 2009 juvenile champion Lookin At Lucky, in the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park March 13. Now he just wants to be sure the son of Smart Strike is ready to fire.
Last year's champion juvenile male, Lookin At Lucky, is on schedule for his first start of the year, the March 13 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, after a workout at Santa Anita March 8.
Trainer Bob Baffert has Lookin At Lucky penciled in for the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park March 13 for the colt's 3-year-old debut. But he left the door slightly ajar for the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) the same day.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert got a rare grade I victory as a breeder when Misremembered held off Neko Bay by a half-length to capture the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 6.
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