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.
Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Bob and John and Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) runner-up Point Determined both worked five furlongs in a bullet :59 1/5 at Santa Anita Tuesday as they begin their serious training for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
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.
Trainer Bob Baffert made his trip east with Bob and John pay off with an impressive 1 1/2-length victory in the $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I) for 3-year-olds at muddy Aqueduct Saturday.
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.
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, 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).
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.
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.
Jockey Victor Espinoza drove Fear No Darkness to victory in the fourth race Sunday at Santa Anita Park to reach win number 2,000, fittingly enough on a horse trained by Bob Baffert.
Bob and John, winner of the Sham Stakes (gr. III) six weeks ago, is one of three entries from trainer Bob Baffert in the $250,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds Saturday at Santa Anita Park.
Barretts' March select sale of 2-year-olds in training had three strikes against it, but didn't go down swinging Tuesday in Southern California.
A striking, nearly black Exploit colt sold for $1.2 million Tuesday to Egyptian brewing mogul Ahmed Zayat early during the Barretts March select juvenile auction.
If you're tired of the same old cast of characters that have been playing the major roles so far, you're going to love next weekend's mixed bag of stakes races. After Saturday, many questions will be answered, and don't be surprised to see some new, exciting faces take center stage on the Triple Crown trail.
Trainer Bob Baffert said Sunday that he could enter as many as four horses in the 1 1/16-mile San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) Saturday at Santa Anita.
Godolphin's Unification is the 4-1 Winterbook favorite for the 147th renewal of the $1 million Queen's Plate for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds June 25 at Woodbine.
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.
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).
HorseRacing TV will present a video tribute to the late Bob Lewis following the sixth race on Santa Anita's Presidents' Day program Monday.
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.
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.
Bob Lewis, whose upbeat personality in winner's circles nationwide showed Thoroughbred racing in its best light throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, died at his Newport Beach, Calif., home Friday at 2 a.m. PST. Funeral services have been scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23.
Friends, associates, and industry leaders pay tribute to Thoroughbred owner and breeder Bob Lewis, who died at his Newport Beach, Calif., home on Friday at the age of 81.
The flashy Too Much Bling may not have the sort of stamina needed for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), but the gray colt showed plenty of quality in winning the San Vicente (gr. II) at seven furlongs Sunday at Santa Anita Park.
Too Much Bling heads a field of eight in the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds going seven furlongs at Santa Anita Park on Sunday.
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.
There was never much doubt in Saturday's $102,500 Sham Stakes (gr. III) as the Bob Baffert-trained Bob and John finally got his first stake victory with little suspense at Santa Anita Park.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Bob and John's apparent six-length victory as the 1-5 favorite in Saturday's $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes for 2-year-olds was overturned by Hollywood Park stewards, who gave the victory to Genre, ridden by Martin Pedroza.
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.
The recent rash of injuries and withdrawals from the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships continued Sunday when Fog City Stable's Roman Ruler was declared out of the TVG Sprint (gr. I) with an injury to his right front foot.
Roman Ruler worked four furlongs Friday morning in a bullet :46 1/5 in his final local blowout before the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) on Oct. 29 at Belmont Park.
Roman Ruler could be headed to the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Oct. 29 at Belmont Park, according to trainer Bob Baffert.
Diamond Omi and Wild Fit, the top two finishers in Saturday's Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. II) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita, are both set to square off again in the Oct. 29 Alberto VO5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Woke Up Dreamin, a two-time grade II winner who was enjoying his best season yet, was retired from racing following an unplaced effort in the Oct. 1 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Diamond Omi held off a heavily favored Wild Fit in a stretch duel to win the $200,000 Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds by three quarters of a length Saturday at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting.
Senor Swinger and Nkosi Reigns are just a pair of the 12 expected starters for Saturday's one-mile $100,000 Turfway Park Fall Championship Stakes (gr. III).
Fog City Stables' grade I winner Roman Ruler will not make the trip to New York for Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), trainer Bob Baffert said, and will instead run in the $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita on the same day.
Roman Ruler and Imperialism, two California-based runners bound for next Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park, were put through their final preparations for the 1 ¼-mile event on Friday morning.
Turfway Park president and CEO Bob Elliston spoke to members of the national turf media about Saturday's Kentucky Cup Day Festival.
Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) winner Roman Ruler, third in the Aug. 27 Travers Stakes (gr. I) in his last start, led Friday's Santa Anita workout brigade of Bob Baffert-trained runners looking toward the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
Mike Pegram's TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) candidate Woke Up Dreamin may make his next start against sensational 3-year-old sprinter Lost in the Fog in the $100,000 Bay Meadows Speed Handicap on Oct. 1, trainer Bob Baffert said Thursday.
Multiple graded stakes winner Intercontinental, ridden by Jerry Bailey, took the early lead and held off a late challenge by Amorama in Saturday's $180,000 Palomar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares at Del Mar. In the co-featured El Cajon, Bob Baffert tied the record for stakes victories.
An Artax colt sparked some bidding fireworks at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August yearling sale Tuesday, bringing $160,000 during the first open session.
A day that began with trainer Bob Baffert losing his brilliant 2-year-old colt What a Song in a fatal training injury ended with his undefeated filly Behaving Badly capturing the $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) Friday night at Del Mar.
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