Trainer Bob Baffert worked his pair of contenders for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) together on Saturday morning at Churchill Downs and the efforts of both colts left a smile on the face of the three-time Derby winner.
Two of trainer Bob Baffert's hopes for success on Kentucky Derby (gr. I) weekend arrived at Churchill Downs Wednesday.
A handful of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopefuls were out for workouts over Santa Anita's fast main track on Monday, including Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) hopeful Pomeroy, who went five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 in company with stablemate Tarkovsky, who was given the same final time.
Stonerside Stable's Congaree, who has earned more than $3.25 million so far in his career, was expected back at Bob Baffert's barn at Keeneland Racecourse Thursday morning after being treated overnight for colic at Hagyard-Davidson- McGee veterinary clinic near Lexington, Ky.
Padua Stables' multiple stakes winner Class Above will make her next start in the April 30 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), trainer Bob Baffert said, after the bay daughter of Quiet American worked seven furlongs in 1:23 2/5 under regular exercise rider Dana Barnes at Santa Anita Tuesday morning.
Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) hopefuls Lion Heart and Preachinatthebar led the Monday morning worktab at Santa Anita. Lion Heart earned the bullet for five furlongs in :58 2/5 and Preachinatthebar posted a time of :59 1/5 for the same distance.
Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner Wimbledon has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite for Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
Trainer Bob Baffert's gray Triple Crown duo of Preachinatthebar and Wimbledon were both out for workouts over Santa Anita's fast main track on Monday morning.
Robert and Beverly Lewis' homebred Courageous Act made his stakes debut a winning one Saturday at Santa Anita Park, winning the $75,000 San Pedro Stakes for 3-year-olds.
Friendly Michelle wore down the leaders in a long stretch drive and posted a 1 ¼-length victory in the $82,500 Santa Paula Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Sunday at Santa Anita Park.
Turfway Park's $150,000 Bourbonette Stakes on Saturday has a pair of class contenders among its six entrants: Class Above and Fond. The mile race for 3-year-old fillies will be run on the Lane's End Stakes undercard.
Mike Pegram's San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) winner Preachinatthebar emerged from his first career graded stakes score in good order, trainer Bob Baffert said.
Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert is on top of the game again after Preachinatthebar narrowly won the $250,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Sunday, Baffert's second major Derby prep win in the past week.
Steve Taub's San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) winner Imperialism is headed for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 3, where he will most likely meet up again with runner-up Lion Heart.
Trainer Bob Baffert, back at his Santa Anita base Monday after concluding a successful trip to New Orleans with a victory in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II), was focusing on this weekend's sophomore stakes, sending out a pair of his top contenders for workouts.
Though slow to develop, Wimbledon justified trainer Bob Baffert's supreme confidence Sunday, winning the $600,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds with a superb finishing kick.
Thomas Van Meter's stakes winner Victory U. S. A. will most likely make her first start of the year in Saturday‚s $300,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II), trainer Bob Baffert said Monday after the filly worked six furlongs in a quick 1:11 4/5.
Grade I winner Sarava will not be in the gate for Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) because of his weight assignment, trainer Bob Baffert said.
For the second time Tuesday, a world-record price for a juvenile sold at public auction was set during the Fasig-Tipton selected 2-year-olds in training sale at Calder Race Course. The new world record price of $4.5 million was paid by Japanese owner Fusao Sekiguchi for a colt from the first crop sired by Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus, who was raced by Sekiguchi.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Pleasantly Perfect worked five furlongs in 1:01 at Santa Anita Tuesday morning with regular rider Alex Solis in the saddle. Annother notable name on Santa Anita's worktab Tuesday was Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II) hero Bluesthestandard, who fired a bullet three furlongs in :35 1/5.
A total of 434 3-year-olds remained eligible for this year's classics following completion of the Visa Triple Crown Challenge early nomination period Jan. 17.
Stonerside Stables' Congaree will defend his title in the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) Saturday at Santa Anita despite being assigned 124 pounds for his 6-year-old seasonal debut. He'll spot three pounds to Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Pleasantly Perfect, who also makes his initial start as a 6-year-old.
New Phoenix Stable and Paul and Susan Roy's Sarava, the winner of the 2002 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will make his return to racing on Thursday in a $65,000 optional claiming event set at one mile over Santa Anita's turf course.
Eclipse Award-winning trainer Bob Baffert, who has tightened the girth on four winners of the classics since his first starter in 1996, has nominated 20 sophomores for this year's renewal of the Triple Crown.
Eclipse Award finalist Congaree, gearing up for his first start as a 6-year-old, worked six furlongs in 1:12 3/5 over Santa Anita's fast main track Saturday morning.
James McIngvale's During fought off several challenges in the stretch and scored a one-length victory Saturday in the $221,800 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) for 4-year-olds at Santa Anita Park.
Bob Baffert, who won the 1998 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) with Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm, has 30% of the10-horse field set to go in the $200,000 middle leg of the prestigious Strub Series at Santa Anita Park Saturday.
Stonerside Stables' millionaire Congaree, an Eclipse Award finalist for 2003‚s older male, will most likely make his 6-year-old debut in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) on Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park, trainer Bob Baffert said.
Olmodavor will be five years old when he runs in Saturday's $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap (Gr. II) for older horses, but the son A.P. Indy will be making only his 10th career start.
There is little doubt Halfbridled looms large over her 13 rivals in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) both from a size and form perspective. However, the supersized daughter of Unbridled won't find a field she can push around on Saturday.
It was another sunny morning at Santa Anita Sunday as Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships hopefuls went through their final paces.
Congaree went to the track Wednesday morning for some light exercise, equipped with a temporary patch for his quarter crack. Trainer Bob Baffert said tomorrow will be a key day in determining the colt's chances of making the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I).
Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's Pomeroy was made the 9-5 morning line choice for the Kentucky Cup Juvenile (gr. III) and Padua Stable's Class Above was given the same listing for the Kentucky Juvenile Fillies by Turfway Park oddsmaker Mike Battaglia for Saturday's 10th running of the Kentucky Cup at the northern Kentucky track.
Stonerside Stable's Congaree, an earner of more than $2.7 million and winner last out of the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), was installed the 4-5 morning line choice for Saturday's Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) at Turfway Park.
Stonerside Stable's Congaree has been assigned 124 pounds for Turfway Park's Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) to be run Saturday. The nine-time stakes winner and earner of more than $2.7 million has been asked to spot four pounds to his nearest rival, Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) winner Perfect Drift.
Tom VanMeter II's Victory U.S.A., an impressive maiden winner from the talent-deep barn of trainer Bob Baffert, heads a field of six for Saturday's 53rd edition of the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs on the main track.
The day after 2002 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Sarava came back from a 14-month layoff, the 4-year-old son of Wild Again was in a "fight for his life" after undergoing emergency colic surgery.
Jockey Jerry Bailey's decision to send Congaree earns him his Hollywood Gold Cup and providing Bob Baffert with a graded stakes double.
Truckle Feature, a Grade 1-placed 2-year-old last year for owner James McIngvale, was euthanized after suffering a leg injury during a five-furlong breeze at Santa Anita Friday.
Last year Bob Baffert had a shot at the Triple Crown with War Emblem. This year he might not even start at horse in the June 7 Belmont Stakes, but he'll be watching.
There was little activity at Pimlico Thursday morning, with only four Preakness horses on the grounds. The highlight of the morning was D. Wayne Lukas doing his best Don Rickles impersonation at the traditional Alibi Breakfast.
With Funny Cide and Peace Rules stabled in New York, and not expected to ship out for another day or two, Pimlico finally landed their own big two when Bob Baffert and D. Wayne Lukas arrived from Louisville early Wednesday.
Bob and Beverly Lewis' Senor Swinger rolled to a 2 ½ length victory in the Crown Royal American Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) in the race just prior to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
The annual Kentucky Derby Trainers Dinner, put on by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association on April 29, produced their annual outspoken comments by the trainers of horses for Saturday's Run for the Roses. Following are the tongue-in-cheek comments from the conditioners:
Congaree remained perfect from three starts at Aqueduct -- all graded stakes -- winning Saturday's $350,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) by 3 1/2 lengths over Aldebaran. The win in the seven-furlong race also marks his first in a sprint.
Empire Maker arrived Wednesday in New York, along with Aldebaran, Congaree, Senor Swinger, and others planning to battle Saturday in the Wood and the Carter.
Senor Swinger, a son of El Prado, was sold Monday by Bob Ackerman and Barry Golden to Bob and Beverly Lewis and will be turned over to trainer Bob Baffert.
Robert and Beverly Lewis' star 3-year-old filly Composure has been retired from racing after suffering a fractured sesamoid in her right front leg.
Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) winner Icecoldbeeratreds was euthanized at Santa Anita Park Wednesday morning after fracturing his shoulder during his first gallop back since undergoing knee surgery last fall.
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