Trainer Bob Baffert was pleased with the runs of his previously undefeated sophomore colts at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, as each lost a division of the G2 Rebel Stakes by a neck or less.
According to drf.com, juvenile champion Game Winner (Candy Ride) will return home to Santa Anita Park and be pointed for the April 6 Santa Anita Derby. Improbable (City Zip), meanwhile, is expected to return to Oaklawn for the G1 Arkansas Derby on the following weekend.
“I'm just thankful I got to run them,” Baffert said. “They ran their races. They just got beat. Both ran big races off a layoff.”
Game Winner had not started since the Breeders' Cup, while Improbable's most recent outing came in the G1 Los Alamitos Futurity.
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