Undefeated Dream Tree, poised to meet Midnight Bisou in next Saturday's Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes at Santa Anita Park, a race that might be worth the price of admission, worked six furlongs for Bob Baffert Sunday morning in 1:14.20 with regular rider Drayden Van Dyke aboard.
“She went nice,” said Baffert, who also witnessed works by stakes winners Cat Burglar (four furlongs in 47.40); Masochistic (four furlongs in 47.60); champion West Coast (four furlongs in 47.60); and Hoppertunity and Mubtaahij (each five furlongs in 1:00.20).
The Santa Ysabel, which is expected to attract Midnight Bisou with Mike Smith and impressive maiden winner Spring Lily for John Shirreffs, is a steppingstone to the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 7. Leading rider Evin Roman has the mount on Spring Lily.
Dream Tree, a $750,000 daughter of Uncle Mo who has been favored in all four of her starts, won the Grade I Starlet at a mile and a sixteenth as a two-year-old and the Grade II Las Virgenes at one mile on Feb. 4 in her three-year-old debut, the latter by almost four lengths as the 3-10 choice against five rivals.
Asked if his male three-year-old stakes picture was more clearly defined, specifically the Grade II, $400,000, 50 Kentucky Derby-qualifying-points-to-the winner San Felipe Stakes on March 10, the Hall of Fame trainer said he “might have two in there,” a reference that could include McKinzie and/or Solomini. “I'll know more next week.”
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