Baffert: War Emblem Is 'Crying Out for a Race'

"If he could talk, he'd say 'run me,'" trainer Bob Baffert said of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner War Emblem after the colt worked a half-mile in :48 under Dana Barnes on Tuesday morning at Santa Anita.

The breeze was the second for the son of Our Emblem since joining Baffert's Southern California stable following a Triple Crown campaign that ended unsuccessfully with an eighth-place finish in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

"He went really nice but was very aggressive," said Baffert. "He's crying out for a race." Baffert has not decided where or when The Thoroughbred Corp. runner will make his next start, though he previously has mentioned the Aug. 25 Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar as a potential target.