Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Mucho Gusto, one of Bob Baffert's leading Triple Crown candidates, worked four furlongs in company Thursday with the filly Honeyfromthesouth.
Each was clocked in a bullet 47.60. Joe Talamo was aboard Mucho Gusto, who is slated to run in either the March 16 Rebel Stakes or the March 24 Sunland Derby.
Despite the rash of recent rain, Baffert's dynamic undefeated duo of champion Game Winner and Improbable remain on course for the Grade II, $500,000 San Felipe Stakes on March 9, a race that offers 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner.
“I've been working around the rain,” said Baffert, who has a long-range goal in mind.
“I want them to meet in the Derby,” he said, alluding to the May 4 Kentucky Derby.
Joel Rosario has the mount on Game Winner in the 1 1/16-mile San Felipe while Drayden Van Dyke pilots Improbable.
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