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  • Shakin It Up comes home strong to win the Strub Stakes.

    Shakin It Up Hands Baffert a Strub Double

    Malibu Stakes (gr. I) winner Shakin It Up answered doubts about his ability around two turns when he overpowered stablemate Govenor Charlie to give trainer Bob Baffert the exacta in Santa Anita Strub Stakes Jan. 18.

  • Points Offthebench

    Male Sprint Finalists Approach the Wire

    In the male sprinter division, tragedy ended the spectacular season of Points Offthebench, Secret Circle made a memorable return to racing, and Sahara Sky delivered a stirring victory in the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I).

  • Midnight Hawk comes home strong to win the Sham Stakes.

    Sham Stakes: Midnight Hawk Soars Over Kristo

    The $100,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park on Jan. 11 was a two-horse race all the way down to the final sixteenth, and considering the fact that only four runners started, that was not surprising.

  • Shakin It Up wins the 2013 Malibu Stakes.

    Shakin It Up Shoots to 17-1 Malibu Stunner

    Shakin It Up, making his first start in nine months, mowed down the field for trainer Bob Baffert to earn his first grade I victory in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes at odds of 17-1 on opening day at Santa Anita Park Dec. 26.

  • Secret Circle wins the 2013 Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint.  <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2013-Breeders-Cup/Sprint/33149951_TtjBB8#!i=2878537670&k=jRQKpF4">Order This Photo</a>

    Secret Circle Sizzles in BC Sprint

    Making only his second start since April 2012, Secret Circle (by Eddington) rallies to win the $1.5 millon Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Secret Circle won the 2011 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint.

    Secret Circle Aims for Da Hoss-Like Victory

    This year 2011 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Secret Circle will try to win the Sprint off a single prep race in 1 1/2 years, an accomplishment that would be similar to Da Hoss in 1998 Mile (gr. I).

  • Midnight Lucky wins the Acorn Stakes.
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    Midnight Lucky Shakes Clear for Acorn Triumph

    Midnight Lucky more than made up for her lackluster fifth-place performance in the May 3 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) when the Bob Baffert-trained filly unleashed a powerful 6 1/4-length victory in the May 25 Acorn Stakes.

  • Code West and Midnight Lucky work in company 4/28/2013.
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    Baffert On Fence with Derby Contenders

    Trainer Bob Baffert sent out Kentucky Oaks hopeful Midnight Lucky and potential Kentucky Derby starter Code West together April 28 at Churchill Downs. He expects to make a call April 29 on his Derby starters.

  • Racing at Santa Anita Park.

    Expanded Roles Seen for Santa Anita, Del Mar

    With Fairplex Park announcing it is pulling back on expanding its racetrack, Santa Anita Park and Del Mar are likely to host the 2014 Southern California racing circuit should Betfair Hollywood Park shut down.

  • Govenor Charlie wins the Sunland Derby.

    Govenor Charlie Charges to Sunland Derby Win

    Fast-developing Govenor Charlie became the latest colt to jump into the Triple Crown fray when the Bob Baffert trainee dominated eight 3-year-old opponents in winning the $800,000 Sunland Derby (gr. III) March 24.

  • Midnight Lucky wins the Sunland Park Oaks.

    Midnight Lucky Looks Mighty in Sunland Oaks

    Trainer Bob Baffert grabbed his fifth win in the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks when short-price favorite Midnight Lucky left the field behind on the far turn en route to an eight-length win March 24 in New Mexico.

  • Bob Baffert, who has won four Sunland Park Oaks, tries for number 5 with Midnight Lucky.

    Baffert Seeks to Add to Sunland Oaks Success

    Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be seeking to add to his four victories in the Sunland Park Oaks when he sends impressive maiden winner Midnight Lucky in the $200,000 race March 24 at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino.

  • Miss Gibson County prior to the 1994 Prima Donna Stakes.

    Oaklawn Park is Baffert's 'Lucky Place'

    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.

  • Shakin It Up wins the San Vicente Stakes.

    San Vicente: Shakin It Up Clears First Hurdle

    Given a patient ride by David Flores, Shakin It Up rallied between horses to capture the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 17 at Santa Anita Park, giving trainer Bob Baffert his eighth win in the sprint event.

  • Los Alamitos

    Los Alamitos Proceeds With Expansion Plan

    Los Alamitos Race Course officials were planning to meet Feb. 1 with the city of Cypress, Calif., to begin discussing expansion of the Orange County facility to accommodate Thoroughbred racing and training.

  • Fairplex Park is out of the running for now as a replacement for Betfair Hollywood Park.

    Fairplex Out for Now as Hollywood Alternative

    Fairplex Park, one of two locations under consideration as a replacement for Betfair Hollywood Park, is out of the running for now, says the president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles County Fair facility.

  • Fiftyshadesofhay and Rafael Bejarano win the Santa Ysabel at Santa Anita.

    Santa Ysabel: Clean Trip for Fiftyshadesofhay

    Returning to the dirt for trainer Bob Baffert, Fiftyshadesofhay shook loose of her rivals and romped to her first stakes victory in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel (gr. III) over a wet/fast track at Santa Anita Park Jan. 26.

  • Coil overtakes Ultimate Eagle to win the San Pasqual Stakes by a head.

    Coil Goes Out on Top in San Pasqual Thriller

    In his final start before retiring to stud in California, grade I winner Coil outlasted Ultimate Eagle by a head after a terrific stretch duel in the $150,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 5 at Santa Anita Park

  • Coil

    Coil to Start in San Pasqual Before Retiring

    Millionaire Coil turned in a bullet move at Santa Anita Park Dec. 29, and will make the final start of his career in the $150,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 5, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert confirmed.

  • Really Mr Greely leads all the way to win the Hollywood Prevue Stakes.

    Really Mr Greely Stars in All-Baffert Prevue

    Front-running Really Mr Greely, the longest shot among four entrants from trainer Bob Baffert in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III), prevailed over odds-on favorite Super Ninety Nine by half a length Nov. 22.

  • Billy Morey Elected to TOC Board

    Owner and trainer William E. "Billy" Morey had been added to the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, filling a vacancy created recently by the resignation of Ron McAnally.

  • Executiveprivilege preps for the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2012-Breeders-Cup/Works/26130247_gxH6nS#!i=2189108879&k=FTFDBqx">Order This Photo</a>

    Executiveprivilege Has Baffert's Confidence

    Trainer Bob Baffert carries his usual quiet confidence about the chances of favored Executiveprivilege into the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.

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    Sprint is Right Race, Right Time For Duo

    The six-furlong Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) isn't the ideal distance for two top contenders in this race, say their trainers, but it's the race that fits them best at this time.

  • Coil and Martin Garcia take the Santa Anita Sprint Championship.

    Coil Spoils Santa Anita Sprint Championship

    Coil earned his first stakes win since last year's Haskell Invitational and earned a spot in the XpressBet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) with his upset victory in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I) Oct. 6.

  • Executiveprivilege and Rafael Bejarano are all alone at the finish of the Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

    Executiveprivilege Smashes Chandelier Rivals

    Undefeated Executiveprivilege stamped herself as the likely favorite for this year's Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) with a smashing victory in the $250,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Executiveprivilege stays perfect in the Del Mar Debutante.

    Executiveprivilege Nabs Debutante Thriller

    Odds-on choice Executiveprivilege remained perfect in four starts with her victory in the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) Sept. 1 but had to dig deep to defeat determined pacesetter Beholder by a nose.

  • Executiveprivilege holds off Speedinthruthecity to win the Sorrento at Del Mar.

    'Executive' Sweet in Sorrento

    Executiveprivilege runs to her 2-5 backing facing seven 2-year-old fillies in Del Mar's Sorrento Stakes, defeating Speedthruthecity by 1 1/4 lengths.

  • Executiveprivilege impresses in the Landaluce at Hollywood Park.

    Executiveprivilege Takes Control in Landaluce

    Trainer Bob Baffert describes Executiveprivilege as "pretty special" and it was easy to see why after her impressive 3 1/4-length tally in the $150,000 Landaluce Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park July 14.

  • Drill puts American Act away late to win the Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes.

    Drill Nails American Act for Laz Barrera Win

    Drill remained perfect in three tries at seven furlongs when he rallied between horses in deep stretch to defeat pacesetter American Act by a half-length in the $98,000 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. III) May 12.

  • Secret Circle

    Injured Secret Circle Out of Derby

    Four-time stakes winner Secret Circle, most recently runner-up to stablemate Bodemeister in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), will miss up to four months with a sesamoid injury, co-owner Mike Pegram confirmed April 19.

  • Secret Circle comes home strong to win the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn.

    Secret Circle Hands Baffert Another Rebel Win

    Secret Circle handed trainer Bob Baffert his third consecutive victory in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II), taking over from Scatman in mid-stretch and holding off a late run by longshot Optimizer to score the $500,000 event.

  • Secret Circle wins the second division of the Southwest Stakes.

    Secret Circle Gives Baffert a Southwest Sweep

    A game Secret Circle outdueled Scatman in the stretch to win the second division of the $250,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III), giving trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Rafael Bejarano a sweep of the President's Day features.

  • Drill wins the San Vicente Stakes.

    Drill Digs Deep in San Vicente Stakes Duel

    Rebounding from four consecutive disappointing efforts, Drill won the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) by a desperate nose over a determined American Act Feb. 19 at Santa Anita. Creative Cause finished third at 1-2 odds.