Swaps S. (gr. II)
(gr. II , 9f ,)
Candy Ride (ARG) Beyond Perfection , by Quack
BBob Baffert, KY.; OBaffert, Natalie J. and Jacobs, George; TBob Baffert
Benchmark Hazen , by Rubiano
BNick Alexander, CA.; ONicholas B. Alexander; TMike R. Mitchell
Even the Score Runaway Cater , by Runaway Groom
BHall's Family Trust, KY.; ORobert Master; TDoug F. O'Neill
Trainer Bob Baffert, who will be inducted into racingÕs Hall of Fame next month, accomplished a new feat when he notched his first stakes win as a breeder with Misremembered.
The son of Candy Ride finished second last out in the June 20 Affirmed Handicap (gr. III), and has come a long way in the last year for Baffert, who recalled his modest beginnings.
ÒI wanted to breed (MisrememberedÕs dam Beyond Perfection) to one of my stallions, Point Given, but John Sikura forced me to breed her to Candy Ride,Ó he said.
ÒMisremembered was a big, gangly weanlingÑhe looked like a kangaroo. He wasnÕt a very pretty horse, and I thought, ÔOh my God, look at this thing.Õ But the mare is that wayÉsheÕs not a very pretty mare and is made that way also.Ó
Defying his modest appearance, Misremembered did his breeder/trainer proud when he recorded his initial black-type score in the July 18 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park. It was a big day for Candy Ride as he also sired the winner of HollywoodÕs A Gleam Handicap (gr. II)ÑEvita Argentina.
Misremembered is owned by BaffertÕs wife, Jill, whose actual name is Natalie, and partner George Jacobs, who also teamed to campaign grade III winner Mountain Rage. Jacobs, who owns a pizza restaurant in La Canada, Calif., named Misremembered after the word pitcher Roger Clemens used when asked why former teammate Andy Pettitte claimed Clemens had talked about using steroids.
Baffert bought MisrememberedÕs dual graded stakes-winning dam Beyond Perfection for just $7,000 under the name of his son, Bode Moss, at the 2005 Keeneland January mixed sale. She was consigned by the Estate of John Franks through SikuraÕs Hill ÔnÕ Dale Sales Agency, agent.
ÒSikura is a good friend of mine, and he recommended I buy Beyond Perfection,Ó said Baffert of the mare, who was 17 at the time of the sale. ÒShe was old, and she was open, but I remembered her running at Del Mar when I first got in the business, and she could really run.Ó
A daughter of the stakes-winning Black Beard mare Miss Imorullah, Beyond Perfection has had a troubled produce record, with several years of being either barren or aborting foals. Of her six foals to race, however, five are winners, including $200,000-plus earner The Griff (by Housebuster). Beyond Perfection, now owned by Jacobs, is in foal to Roman Ruler.
Candy Ride is the sire of seven stakes winners, including other graded victors Capt. Candyman Can (gr. III) and Chocolate Candy (gr. III). Candy Ride stood for $12,500 at John SikuraÕs Hill ÔnÕ Dale Farms near Lexington in 2009 and will stand in 2010 at Will FarishÕs LaneÕs End Farm near Versailles, Ky.ÑE.M.