Kafwain, who finished second to stablemate Vindication in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) on Oct. 26 at Arlington Park, stands out among a field of six 3-year-olds entered in Santa Anita's $150,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) Saturday at seven furlongs.
Atlantic Ocean, who many thought was a $1.9 million flop, captured her third straight stakes Saturday in the $250,000 John Deere Sunshine Millions Oaks at Santa Anita
Jerry Bailey has been named as the rider of Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Vindication, replacing Mike Smith, trainer Bob Baffert said Friday.
Juddmonte Farms' Sightseek makes her grade I debut Saturday in the $200,000 seven furlong Santa Monica Handicap at Santa Anita.
Already? Is it really time to start smelling roses again, even though the scent of pine and eggnog still permeates our living room? Is it premature to start thinking Kentucky Derby while there are Christmas tree needles still embedded in our carpet?
Gary Garber's fast-developing Domestic Dispute thundered home to win Saturday's $150,000 Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita, giving trainer Bob Baffert another early contender for the Kentucky Derby.
Kafwain, second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) last Oct. 26, worked six furlongs Friday in a bullet 1:10 flat, fastest of 29 workouts at the distance.
Dark bay/brown colt, foaled Jan. 28, 2000
Seattle Slew--Strawberry Reason
Ten 3-year-olds were entered to run in Santa Anita's $150,000 Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday, the first major steppingstone to the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 5.
Padua Stables' Vindication worked a half-mile in ::49 3/5 handily over Santa Anita's main track Sunday with Dana Barnes aboard. "It was just an easy work," trainer Bob Baffert said. "Good horses like this one make it so easy. All I have to do is keep him happy and healthy and he does the rest."
By Robert D. Bolson -- While reading about Bob Baffert's recent grousing and nagging displeasure with the Eclipse Awards I was reminded of Ronald Reagan's memorable remark to then-president Jimmy Carter during the second 1980 presidential debate: "There you go again."
Bob Baffert, Santa Anita's leading trainer the last six meets, seeks his second consecutive victory in the $100,000 San Miguel Stakes (gr. III) on Sunday with Echeverria.
Trainer Bob Baffert, who begins the 2003 Triple Crown campaign looking for his fourth Kentucky Derby winner, will send out Spensive Saturday in the $100,000 Golden Gate Derby (gr. III).
Habibti, a two-time grade I winner at two and an Eclipse Award runner-up, has been retired from racing
Wertheimer Farms' Olmodovar and Cee's Stable's Tizbud were both confirmed to run in next Saturday's $200,000 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) after working over Santa Anita's main track Sunday morning. Both lightly raced colts will be making their stakes debuts in the 1 1/16-mile main track affair.
The Thoroughbred Corporation's 3-year-old filly Atlantic Ocean is making her $1.9 million purchase price look better after winning the $110,900-added Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Sunday.
Trainer Bob Baffert, who wasn't named as a finalist for a 2002 Eclipse Award in spite of an outstanding year, said he's dismayed at the way the awards are handed out. The three-time Eclipse winner (1997-99) as top conditioner in the nation also said he feels the voting process is flawed.
A pair of top Bob Baffert 3-year-olds, the colt Kafwain and the filly Composure, turned up on Sunday's Santa Anita work tab.
Congaree, looking to establish himself as the class of national handicap picture, trounced a solid field in Saturday's $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
Stonerside Stables' Congaree, smashing 5 ½-length winner of the Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct on Nov. 30, faces a daunting task as the 121-pound high weight when he takes on 10 seasoned stakes campaigners in Saturday's $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap (Gr. II) for older horses at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita.
Padua Stables' undefeated Vindication, preparing for his 3-year-old campaign, had his first workout Tuesday since winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Arlington Park Oct. 26, going three furlongs at Santa Anita in :36.60 under exercise rider Dana Barnes.
Toccet can add Saturday's $406,507 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) to his growing argument for top juvenile honors in 2002.
Toccet can add Saturday's $409,500 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) to his growing argument for top juvenile honors in 2002.
With four wins Thursday trainer Steve Asmussen surged ahead of Scott Lake in the national standings for trainers' wins in 2002.
A pair of highly promising 2-year-olds, multiple stakes winner Toccet from the East and locally-based Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) runner-up Kafwain, are set to clash in Saturday's Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park. A field of 11 fillies and mares also entered Saturday's Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT).
Multiple stakes winner Toccet will be flown from Maryland to California Thursday for the $385,000-estimated Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) for 2-year-olds Saturday, trainer John Scanlan confirmed Sunday from his base at Laurel.
Spensive, with Hall of Famer Julie Krone aboard, came back on in the final yards to defeat 25-1 long shot Always Remember by a head in the $81,075 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
A talented field of 2-year-olds, headed by D's Bertando and Buddy Gil, is shaping up for Saturday's $75,000-added Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
TVG will present live coverage of the Grade I, $200,000 Hollywood Starlet on Saturday and the Grade II, $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap on Sunday as part of "Trackside Live!: Hollywood Park."
Trainer Jay Robbins hopes to end 2002 with a bang when he sends out Tizalovelylady as a supplementary entry in the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles Saturday.
Composure, winner of the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. II) and runner-up to Storm Flag Flying in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), figures to be a heavy favorite in the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles Dec. 14.
Toccet, the leading 2-year-old colt on the East Coast, will be flown from Baltimore to run in the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 21, trainer John Scanlan confirmed Friday from his base at Laurel, Md.
Seeking to recapture the form she displayed last winter and spring, The Thoroughbred Corporation's Habibti will tangle with Madame Pietra in the $70,000-added Corona Handicap for fillies and mares Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Sarava, winner of this year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has been transferred from trainer Kenny McPeek to the barn of Bob Baffert in preparation for a 2003 Southern California campaign that his owners hope will carry him to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, held during the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita on Oct. 25.
The Thoroughbred Corporation's Atlantic Ocean, a $1.9-million sale purchase who's been mostly disappointing in her 2-year-old season, woke up with a switch to the turf on Friday in Hollywood Park's $200,000 Miesque Stakes (gr. IIIT), posting an impressive one-length victory.
Roll Hennessy Roll, a three-time winner in New Mexico and third-place finisher in the Sunny Slope Stakes at Santa Anita, is expected to be a top contender in Saturday's $125,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) at seven furlongs.
Jockey Jerry Bailey and trainer Bobby Frankel are within range of setting single-season records for their respective divisions.
Florida import Puxa Saco, victorious in Oak Tree's Anoakia Stakes despite getting banged around at the start, will seek her fourth win in five starts Saturday as the probable favorite in Hollywood Park's $100,000 Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.
The last two races "were disastrous" he agrees, but trainer Bob Baffert says he wouldn't trade War Emblem's year for Azeri's.
Trainer Laura De Seroux was politicking Sunday morning to persuade Turf writers and other Eclipse Award voters that Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Azeri deserves the Horse of the Year title.
Padua Stable's Vindication and The Thoroughbred Corporation's Kafwain provided trainer Bob Baffert with a 1-2 finish in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
D. Wayne Lukas, the king of Breeders' Cup trainers with 16 victories, pre-entered only two horses for this year's renewal of the World Thoroughbred Championships.
Select Stable's Overbrook Spinster (gr. I) winner Take Charge Lady breezed a half-mile at Churchill Downs Saturday, preparing for her next scheduled start in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr.i).
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem had his final major drill for next Saturday's $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Arlington Park, working publicly at Santa Anita just after noon on Saturday.
Disturbingthepeace breezed five furlongs on Santa Anita's fast main track Wednesday morning under jockey Victor Espinoza in 1:01 in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Arlington Park on Oct. 26.
War Emblem, preparing for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), breezed seven furlongs at Santa Anita Saturday in a reported 1:24.17.
Danthebluegrassman and Sky Terrace headline Friday's feature at Keeneland.
Everest Stable's Night Patrol disposed of heavily-favored Congaree at the top of the stretch and prevailed in a furious stretch battle with Kachamandi to capture the $250,000 Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile by a nose Saturday.
Favored Kafwain and Bull Market, a pair of Bob Baffert-trained juveniles, battled through the stretch Saturday in the $200,000 Norfolk (gr. II) at Santa Anita, with the Thoroughbred Corporation's Kafwain scoring a nose victory over his stablemate.
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