Bob Baffert

Midnight Storm works at Santa Anita Feb. 16
Santa Anita: Midnight Storm, Mor Spirit Work Toward Possible Starts In Big ‘Cap

Mor Spirit, second to Dubai-bound Hoppertunity in the San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 4, worked four furlongs in company with his conqueror at 7:45 Thursday morning in a drill that could lead to a start in the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap for four-year-olds and up at a mile and a quarter on March […]

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Arrogate breezes at Santa Anita on Feb. 14
Arrogate ‘Just Galloping Along’ In First Work Since Pegasus

Pegasus World Cup champion Arrogate had his first timed workout since his record-setting win on Tuesday morning. The 4-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song breezed a half-mile at Santa Anita in 48.60, going without company under Martin Garcia, according to “He got lonely there in the stretch. He was just galloping along,” said trainer Bob […]

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Baffert Out-Bids West Point To Sponsor Smith For Charity Basketball Game

Competition drives the market and it’s no different when it comes to sponsoring a Santa Anita jockey in their annual charity basketball game against HolyAngelsSchool on Feb. 23. According to Nancy Dollase, co-chairman of the event along with Angie Stevens, West Point Thoroughbreds had already put up the minimum $250 to sponsor Mike Smith in […]

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Vale Dori after the Santa Maria victory (Zoe Metz Photography)
Vale Dori Makes It Four Straight In Santa Maria

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum’s 1-5 favorite Vale Dori cruised to an easy victory – her fourth in a row – in Saturday’s Grade 2 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita Park under Mike Smith. Show Stealer finished second, with Autumn Flower third and Lady Tapit fourth in the field of six older fillies […]

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum's Vale Dori and jockey Mike Smit, shown winning Bayakoa Handicap
Vale Dori Shoots For Fourth Straight Victory In G2 Santa Maria

Although Bob Baffert’s streaking Vale Dori has taken on an air of invincibility following her victory in last month’s Grade II La Canada Stakes, Art Sherman’s Show Stealer will be looking for a piece of the action as this pair heads a field of six older fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa […]

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Hoppertunity wins the San Antonio for the second year in a row
Hoppertunity Last-To-First In Second Consecutive San Antonio

Karl Watson, Michael Pegram and Paul Weitsman’s Hoppertunity scored his second consecutive victory in the G2 San Antonio Stakes, rallying from last to win by a length over stablemate Mor Spirit. Under the expert guide of jockey Flavien Prat, the 6-year-old son of Any Given Saturday covered the abbreviated 1 1/16-mile distance of the San […]

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Hoppertunity (Any Given Saturday) and jockey John Velazquez win the Jockey Club Gold Cup (Gr I) at Belmont Park.
Stablemates Hoppertunity, Mor Spirit Clash In G2 San Antonio

Still going strong at age six, Bob Baffert’s Hoppertunity will defend his title against seven older horses at 1 1/16 miles in Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita. Although he figures to be favored, Hoppertunity faces stiff competition from the likes of stablemate Mor Spirit and two other 4-year-olds—Accelerate and Dalmore. […]

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Lord Nelson dominates the Bing Crosby
Laminitis: Spendthrift ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ For Lord Nelson’s Future

The recently retired Lord Nelson continues to battle laminitis at Spendthrift Farm, but general manager Ned Toffey sees promising signs in the stallion’s attitude and behavior, according to Lord Nelson developed a small cut on his right front leg just prior to the Breeders’ Cup, and a resulting infection necessitated his scratch from the […]

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Will Baffert send Arrogate to Dubai in March?
Dubai World Cup? What’s Next For Pegasus Champion Arrogate

When Arrogate was announced as the Longines World’s Best Racehorse on Tuesday, trainer Bob Baffert told The National that he had no plans to take the 4-year-old superstar son of Unbridled’s Song overseas for the $10 million Dubai World Cup in March. “We’ll give him a little break after the Pegasus as usually we would […]

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Arrogate and Mike Smith celebrate after the Pegasus
‘I Imagine He Knows How Good He Is’: Arrogate Heads Back To California

It was still dark and a misty rain had yet to begin falling Sunday morning when Jimmy Barnes, assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and trusted traveling partner to his best horses, arrived on the Gulfstream Park backstretch to check on their stable star. Fresh off his commanding victory late the previous afternoon […]

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