Keyword: Baffert

  • Wanna Runner Favored in Queen's Plate

    Of the 13 horses entered for Sunday's Queen's Plate at Woodbine, 11 have previously run at the Ontario track. But one of the two that hasn't started at Woodbine was made the morning line favorite, and for good reason.

  • Point Determined and Victor Espinoza, left, outrun A.P. Warrior and David Flores to win the Affirmed Handicap  Saturday at Hollywood Park.

    Point Determined Gets Grade in Affirmed 'Cap

    In a desperate battle to the wire with A.P. Warrior, jockey Victor Espinoza urged everything he could from favored Point Determined, who responded on the outside to win by a nose in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Hollywood Park Saturday.

  • Preachinatthebar Can Make Amends in Californian

    Preachinatthebar, a disappointing eighth on a muddy track in the Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) in Texas most recently, will try to regain his winning ways in Saturday's $250,000 Californian (gr. II) at Hollywood Park.

  • Derby Also-Rans Head Field in Affirmed 'Cap

    Kentucky Derby bounce-backs Point Determined, Cause to Believe and A.P. Warrior top a field of six entered in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) Saturday at Hollywood Park.

  • Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin will point Belmont winner Jazil toward the Travers.

    Belmont Follow-Up: Travers Next Goal for Jazil

    You'd never know Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin slept a whole four hours Saturday night. McLaughlin was bright-eyed and all smiles Sunday morning as he sat in his office and talked about Jazil's victory.

  • Too Much Bling Takes on eight rivals in Saturday's Woody Stephens.

    Too Much Bling Gets Rail for Woody Stephens

    Too Much Bling returns to action for the first time since his powerful nine-length victory in Aqueduct's Bay Shore (gr. III) two months ago, facing eight rivals in the $250,000 Woody Stephens Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at Belmont Park Saturday.

  • Wanna Runner Runaway Winner at Lone Star

    Mike Pegram's odds-on favorite Wanna Runner ran his five rivals in the $300,000 Walmac Lone Star Derby (gr. III) into the ground on the far turn and cakewalked through the stretch under Victor Espinoza for an easy win Saturday in Grand Prairie, Texas.

  • Wanna Runner 7-5 Choice in Lone Star Derby

    The Bob Baffert-trained Wanna Runner, winner of last month's WinStar Derby, drew the inside rail and was installed as the 7-5 morning line favorite for Saturday's $300,000 Walmac Lone Star Derby (gr. III) at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

  • Wanna Runner 7-5 Choice in Lone Star Derby

    The Bob Baffert-trained Wanna Runner, winner of last month's WinStar Derby, drew the inside rail and was installed as the 7-5 morning line favorite for Saturday's $300,000 Walmac Lone Star Derby (gr. III) at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

  • Wanna Runner Arrives for Lone Star Derby

    Wanna Runner, the Bob Baffert-trained winner of last month's WinStar Derby at Sunland Park, arrived at Lone Star Park Wednesday morning in anticipation of Saturday's $300,000 Walmac Lone Star Derby (gr. III).

  • Pussycat Doll wins Humana Distaff.

    Pussycat Doll Edges Stablemate in Humana Distaff

    Garrett Gomez jerked Pussycat Doll off the rail and the filly went by stablemate Behaving Badly to win the $291,000 Humana Distaff Handicap (gr. I) by one length at Churchill Downs Saturday.

  • Lava Man and Corey Nakatani win the TVG Khaled Stakes, Sunday at Hollywood Park.

    Lava Man Flows Again in Turf-Record Win

    After winning million-dollar races in his last two starts, Lava Man successfully took on another challenge Sunday, shifting to turf and winning the $150,000 TVG Khaled Stakes at Hollywood Park in course record time of 1:44.26 for nine furlongs.

  • California Colts Turn in Sharp Final Workouts

    If the last few works in California by Bob and John, Point Determined, and A. P. Warrior are any indication, all three colts are ready for big efforts in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Preachinatthebar Holds Court in Texas Mile

    The Bob Baffert-trained Preachinatthebar took command on the final turn in Saturday's $300,000 Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, and held on to beat Stockholder by a neck in front of 14,437 fans.

  • Jockey Rafael Bejarano urges Record (right) to the win over hard-charging Spotsgone in the Derby Trial, Saturday at Churchill Downs.

    Record Plays Baffert's Tune in Derby Trial

    The California invader Record made his stakes debut a winning one for trainer Bob Baffert, capturing the $114,939 Derby Trial in late-running fashion on the opening day of the Churchill Downs spring meeting Saturday.

  • Record Plays Baffert's Tune in Derby Trial

    The California invader Record made his stakes debut a winning one for trainer Bob Baffert, capturing the $114,939 Derby Trial in late-running fashion on the opening day of the Churchill Downs spring meeting Saturday.

  • Baffert: Sinister Minister "a runaway train."

    Baffert: No Comparing 'Minister, War Emblem

    Bob Baffert, who has three to get ready for the May 6 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), says there's no comparing Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Sinister Minister and his 2002 Derby winner War Emblem, another speedster.

  • $8M Colt Mr. Sekiguchi Gets Maiden Win at Santa Anita

    Fusao Sekiguchi's 3-year-old Mr. Sekiguchi, purchased for $8 million at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale, slipped through along the rail and went on to capture his first victory by three-quarters of a length as the 9-10 favorite in a field of seven maidens at Santa Anita Saturday.

  • Too Much Bling more than enough in sloppy Bay Shore win.

    Too Much Bling Shines in the Bay Shore Slop

    Favorite Too Much Bling turned in a dazzling nine-length victory in the $150,000 Bay Shore (gr. III) on a sloppy, sealed Aqueduct track Saturday, establishing himself as the leading 3-year-old sprinter in the country.

  • Too Much Bling, Songster Vie in Bay Shore

    Trainers Bob Baffert and Tom Albertrani, who have major contenders, in the Wood Memorial Saturday at Aqueduct, will have a preliminary skirmish in the $150,000 Bay Shore for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.

  • Preachinatthebar and jockey Jon Court, foreground, win in the Tokyo City Cup, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Preachin' Tops Super Day for Baffert, Pegram

    Preachinatthebar, a Triple Crown hopeful for trainer Bob Baffert and owner/breeder Mike Pegram two years ago before being sidelined by knee problems, won his first graded stakes race since the 2004 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday when victorious in Santa Anita's $110,600 Tokyo City Cup (gr. III).

  • Baffert's 'Runner Overwhelms WinStar Derby

    Odds-on choice Wanna Runner left the pacesetting Blaze It behind on the far turn on his way to demolishing an overmatched field by 4 3/4 lengths in the $600,000 WinStar Derby at Sunland Park in New Mexico Saturday.

  • Baffert Pair Stands Out in WinStar Derby

    The Bob Baffert-trained duo of Wanna Runner and Sky Diving, both disappointing in their most recent starts, lead a field of nine 3-year-olds entered for Saturday's $600,000 WinStar Derby at New Mexico's Sunland Park.

  • A.P. Warrior takes first race for new trainer with convincing San Felipe win.

    A.P. Warrior On Target for Shirreffs in 'Felipe

    Making his first start for last year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winning trainer John Shirreffs, overlooked A.P. Warrior came to life Saturday under jockey Corey Nakatani, turning back Point Determined late for a half-length victory in the $250,000 San Felipe (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita.

  • Behaving Badly and Victor Espinoza help trainer Bob Baffert capture his tenth stakes victory of the current Santa Anita meet with this Las Flores Handicap win.

    Baffert, Behaving Badly Win Again at 'Anita

    Trainer Bob Baffert moved a step closer to his Santa Anita record for stakes victories Saturday when overwhelming favorite Behaving Badly cruised home in the $107,000 Las Flores Handicap (gr. III) over five overmatched fillies and mares.

  • Small Field Tries Behaving Badly in Las Flores

    Behaving Badly, a winner of five of seven career starts for Santa Anita's leading trainer Bob Baffert, is expected to be a prohibitive favorite in Saturday's $100,000-added Las Flores Handicap (gr. III).

  • $8 Million Colt Mr. Sekiguchi Second in Debut

    The 3-year-old Mr. Sekiguchi, an $8 million yearling purchase making his career debut at Santa Anita Saturday for trainer Bob Baffert, opened up a big lead in the stretch before being overtaken close to home by another Baffert trainee, Rising Rate.

  • Point Determined Wins One for Lewises

    The 3-year-old colt Point Determined, whose prominent owner, Bob Lewis, died earlier in the day, gave an indication of his value as a $750,000 investment with a victory in the feature race at Golden Gate Fields Friday.

  • Pussycat Doll dominated a muddy La Brea.

    Pussycat Doll May Be Strong La Canada Pick

    Pussycat Doll, coming off powerful grade I victory in the La Brea Stakes (gr. I), could easily stand out among eight 4-year-old fillies entered in Santa Anita's $200,000 La Canada Stakes (gr. II) at 1 1/8 miles on Sunday.

  • Santa Anita Pick Six Carryover Tops $3.9M

    A two-day Pick Six carryover of $751,394 ballooned to a total pool of $3,932,211 Wednesday at Santa Anita, resulting in a payoff of $1,258,755.40.

  • Haskin on Bob and John: "getting close to the finished product."

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Seeing Through the Slop

    What could have been a revealing weekend at Gulfstream Park was instead a muddy mess that left us with just as many questions as we had going in. We also had to try and digest some huge performances by former claimers in lesser races and several defeats that may have outshone the victories.

  • Behaving Badly and Victor Espinoza win the Santa Monica Handicap.

    Behaving Badly Much the Best in Santa Monica

    Heavy betting favorite Behaving Badly popped the gate in front for jockey Victor Espinoza and was never seriously threatened, becoming a grade I winner with little trouble in the $250,000 Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I) for fillies and mares at Santa Anita Park Sunday.

  • Da Stoops and Victor Espinoza win the Sunshine Millions Pepsi Dash.

    Da Stoops Drops Da Hammer in Millions Dash

    Favored Da Stoops left the field far behind on the turn and swept to the easiest of victories in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash for 3-year-olds, the first of four stakes races at Santa Anita Park for California and Florida-bred horses Saturday.

  • Bob and John Gets Back On Track for Baffert

    Bob and John, trainer Bob Baffert's most accomplished Triple Crown prospect, returned to the winner's circle Friday with a three-length victory in a $52,800 allowance event at Santa Anita while traveling 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.81.

  • Pussycat Doll dominates field in muddy La Brea win.

    Pussycat Doll, Like Her Dam, Wins La Brea

    Mike Pegram's homebred Pussycat Doll emulated her dam Hookedonthefeelin Saturday when she demolished a strong field in the $250,000 La Brea (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies on a sloppy Santa Anita track.

  • Pussycat Doll Cuts Back for Grade I La Brea

    With an eye on the sky, Bob Baffert plans to run Pussycat Doll in Saturday's La Brea Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs at Santa Anita Park.

  • Top Hollywood Futurity Candidates Drill

    Brother Derek and Bob and John, a pair of leading candidates for Saturday's Grade I Hollywood Futurity, each worked five furlongs at Santa Anita on Sunday.

  • Diamond Omi defeats Wild Fit in the Oak Leaf Stakes.

    Pneumonia Claims Filly Diamond Omi

    Donald and Irene Dizney's Oak Leaf (gr. II) winner Diamond Omi lost her three-week battle with pneumonia and was euthanized on Nov. 17 at Chino Valley Equine Clinic, trainer Bob Baffert said.