Baffert Goes to Bench for Railbird Pair

(from Hollywood Park notes)
Trainer Bob Baffert initially hoped to run No Bull Baby in the $100,000-added Railbird Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park Sunday. But after the stakes-winning filly suffered a career-ending ankle injury training at Santa Anita last week, Baffert will go to the bench.

David Flores has taken a call on Inspiring and Tyler Baze will be aboard Pegasus Rose for Baffert in the Railbird. Baffert worked each a half mile Wednesday at Santa Anita: Inspiring in :46 4/5 and Pegasus Rose in :48 3/5 breezing.

Inspiring, owned by Robert and Beverly Lewis, broke her maiden at first asking at Hollywood last July and returned to win the Sorrento Stakes (gr. III) at Del Mar before going to the sidelines for the remainder of the year. She made her 2005 debut on April 2 and flashed speed before finishing third in the Santa Paula Stakes, which was won by No Bull Baby.

Pegasus Rose, a homebred owned by B. Wayne Hughes, has won one of four starts. She finished fifth in the Sunland Park Oaks in her last start on April 2.

No Bull Baby, winner of the Moccasin Stakes in November and the Santa Paula for owner-breeder Hal Earnhardt, has been shipped to Kentucky for breeding, according to Baffert.