Bob Baffert

High Velocity Outduels Favored Strongconstitution In Bob Hope

Gary and Mary West’s High Velocity, a $350,000 purchase as a yearling, appeared worth every cent Saturday as he outdueled highly-regarded Strongconstitution to win Del Mar’s featured Grade III $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes in convincing fashion. High Velocity, a son of Quality Road sent off at odds of even-money, went to the front at the […]

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Jockey Joe Talamo: Milestone Victories ‘Don’t Come Easy’

Jockey Joe Talamo, two shy of his 2,000th career victory, is scheduled to ride four mounts on Saturday in quest of the milestone. Records show Talamo, 29, won No. 1,000 on April 4, 2012 in the fourth race at Santa Anita aboard Splendid Fortune, an Arnold Zetcher homebred trained by Bob Baffert. The 2-5 favorite […]

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Weekend Lineup: River City, Bob Hope

A pair of Grade 3 stakes top the racing action this Saturday in North America, starting with the River City Handicap at Churchill Downs. Mr. Misunderstood is the 5-2 favorite in the field of 10, and the Churchill specialist will be trying to repeat in the River City and earn his first win of the […]

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Cedillo, Prat Tie For Santa Anita Riding Title; O’Neill Tops Trainer Standings

Jockeys Flavien Prat and Abel Cedillo ended the recent Santa Anita Park meet with the same number of victories, resulting in a tie for the meet’s riding title. New to the circuit from Northern California, Cedillo earned his first Southern California title with 21 wins from 121 starts. Prat, a leading rider in the region […]

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McKinzie To Race In 2020; Baffert Trainee Will Target Saudi, Dubai World Cups

Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up McKinzie will remain in training following Saturday’s performance at Santa Anita Park, trainer Bob Baffert told the Daily Racing Form. The 4-year-old son of Street Sense was defeated 4 1/4 lengths by Vino Rosso, but Baffert was pleased with the colt’s performance. “He ran his ass off. Just got beat by a […]

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Classic Notes: ‘No Blips’ For Higher Power, Math Wizard ‘Needs To Improve’

Code of Honor – Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey was well prepared for his trip to California for the Breeders’ Cup with Code of Honor. He brought his gloves and he was wearing them Thursday morning when Code of Honor was sent out to jog and then gallop 1¼ miles at Santa Anita with […]

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Breeders’ Cup News Minute Powered By DRF Formulator: Young Stars Finding Heart

Horse racing’s “Future Stars” will give it their best to kick off the 36th running of the World Championships at Santa Anita. In this edition of the Breeders’ Cup News Minute, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick talk about the star power in this year’s Juvenile and talk to trainers Bob Baffert and Dale Romans. Plus […]

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Breeders’ Cup News Minute Powered By DRF Formulator: A Tale Of Two Horses

One of the things that powers the Breeders’ Cup every year is the stories behind the horses. In this edition of the Breeders’ Cup News Minute, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick share the story of the man whose name carries a lot of weight in the Classic for trainer Bob Baffert. Plus, irony abounds in […]

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Happy or Sad? Connections’ Reactions To Post Position Draw

There were winners and losers in Monday’s draw for post positions for the 14 Breeders’ Cup championship races to be run at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Friday and Saturday. Following is a sample of comments from trainers and owners of many of the contenders. Trainer Bob Baffert (McKinzie, Classic, Post 8) – […]

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McKinzie Draws Post Eight, Tabbed As 3-1 Morning Line Favorite For Breeders’ Cup Classic

Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s McKinzie has been installed as the 3-1 morning-line favorite in a field of 11 3-year-olds and up for Saturday’s $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) to be run at 1 ¼ miles on the main track, the climax of the 36th Breeders’ Cup World Championship races to […]

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