Bob Baffert's reputation at Oaklawn Park is that of a phenomenon, one you cannot afford to bet against. Selectively shipping in from his West Coast base with a remarkable 59% win rate, he has captured 17 of 29.
Rolling Fog held sway over 8-5 favorite Know More in the Del Mar Futurity Sept. 5, giving trainer Bob Baffert a record 11th win in the closing-day feature and jockey Rafael Bejarano a record 13th stakes score at the meet.
Contested overcame a flat-footed start and closed from slightly off the pace to win the $500,000 Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 25, nabbing her second grade I victory in New York this year.
Contested, a five-length winner of the Acorn Stakes (gr. I), posted her final workout prior to the June 23 Mother Goose (gr. I), traveling six furlongs in 1:11.97 on the Belmont Park main track June 17.
Even-money choice Contested went gate to wire as the easiest of winners in the $300,000 Acorn Stakes (gr. I) May 28 at Belmont Park.
Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Plum Pretty came back "super good" from her impressive score in Friday's $1 million Kentucky Oaks, according to Jim Barnes.
Arnold Zetcher's Always a Princess, who cracked both sesamoids during the running of the Santa Margarita Invitational, is resting comfortably following surgery March 13 at the Equine Medical Center in Cypress.
Always a Princess sprinted away in the lane over Santa Anita's speed-favoring main track and easily captured the $150,000 El Encino Stakes (gr. II) to spoil the 2011 debut of odds-on choice Blind Luck Jan. 16.
Indian Firewater refused to give way in the final strides when challenged on the far outside by stablemate Tweebster to give trainer Bob Baffert his fourth victory in the $150,000 San Fernando Stakes at Santa Anita Jan. 15.
Trainer Bob Baffert scratched two of his three entrants in the Pat O'Brien Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 28, but the only one he needed was El Brujo, who went gate-to-wire to give Baffert his second grade I win of the day.
The Bob Baffert-trained Apalachian Thunder, who finished third in the $500,000 WinStar Derby on March 30, will run in the $100,000 California Derby at Bay Meadows Saturday.
Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner War Emblem, who also has victories in the Kentucky Derby ( gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) this year, was back in his stall at Del Mar Wednesday morning, and already making it known he is a candidate for the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) on August 25.
Island Skipper, the Golden Age Stable's colt who shipped in from Florida for Sunday's Haskell Stakes (gr. I) was on his way out to the track to gallop Saturday morning when handlers noticed he had a problem with his left front foot.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Giving credit to assistant trainers; changing the entry and graded stakes money rules; and a call to increase the Kentucky Derby purse.
Point Given, heavy favorite for Saturday's 132nd Travers Stakes (gr. I), arrived at Saratoga racecourse at 4:20 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday afternoon, nearly 12 hours after leaving trainer Bob Baffert's barn at Del Mar near San Diego, Calif. The Thunder Gulch colt was bedded down in trainer John Terranova's barn after an uneventful trip in which he was accompanied by Baffert assistant Jim Barnes, groom Roberto Luna, exercise rider Pepe Aragon.
Ongoing, successful sports operations don't just get that way through the good fortune of chance. At the heart of achievement is the teamwork that melds individuals into a cohesive, powerful whole. Nowhere was this teamwork more in evidence than through this year's Triple Crown adventures of Point Given.
Kentucky Derby favorite Point Given arrived in Louisville late Wednesday morning and was bedded down in his stall in Bob Baffert's Churchill Downs barn by 12:30 p.m., according to Baffert assistant Jim Barnes, who traveled with the son of Thunder Gulch from California.
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