Bob Baffert has four for the money come Breeders' Cup weekend, Nov. 1 and 2: McKinzie for the Classic, Improbable for the Dirt Mile, Eight Rings for the Juvenile and Bast for the Juvenile Fillies.
“I was really happy with McKinzie's work (six furlongs in 1:12.80 Wednesday),”
Baffert said on Thursday morning at Santa Anita. “I got a nice, strong work into him.
“Eight Rings worked really well the day before (five furlongs in 1:01 for the Nov. 1 Juvenile) and Bast worked well yesterday (five furlongs in 1:01.20 for the Juvenile Fillies the same day). Improbable (Dirt Mile Nov. 2) is doing really well. I really like the way he's going.
“Looking at all the dirt races, they're very competitive,” Baffert allowed. “This is going to be one of the best and toughest Breeders' Cups. There are a lot of nice horses. Usually among the two-year-olds there are one or two standouts; this year, I think the two-year-old colts look really good and the fillies look tough, too.
“People are saying the Classic is weak, but there's no such thing as a weak Classic . . . Give me a break. Come out here and watch them work.”
Asked if there is such a thing as a “home field advantage,” Baffert was quick to dismiss any such theories. “Good horses overcome anything,” he said. “The only advantage we have is not having to deal with any (inclement) weather. That's important.
“Back east during the rainy season you have to be careful and train around it.”
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