Bob Baffert gave seven-pound apprentice Evin Roman a leg up on first time starter Microrithms to win Saturday's third race. Owned by former CHRB Chairman David Israel and Michael and Nadia Sigband, the three-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding won by 4 ¼ lengths as the odds-on favorite, but the win was the exception rather than the rule for the Hall of Fame trainer.
Roman, a 19-year-old native of Puerto Rico who is represented by veteran agent Tony Matos, is the meet's leading apprentice rider with 26 wins, only eight behind leader Flavien Prat and four behind runners-up Joe Talamo and Rafael Bejarano.
Microrithms is a two-year-old son of Algorithms who broke from the two post position in the five furlong dash, getting the distance in 1:03.14 under 114 pounds.
“I rarely use bug riders,” Baffert said Sunday morning, “but Evin's worked a couple horses for me, and Tony's a good friend of mine so I try to help him out, and Evin is a good little rider.
“He zipped out there on the horse and after that it was more of a helicopter ride.”
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