Bob Baffert

Baffert Ships Thousand Words East For Oaklawn Stakes

Trainer Bob Baffert will send 3-year-old colt Thousand Words to Hot Springs this week for Saturday’s listed Oaklawn Stakes, reports drf.com. The son of Pioneerof the Nile will be vying for one of three slots on the line for the G1 Arkansas Derby, rescheduled for May 2 in the wake of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic; […]

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Derby Future Wager: Up-And-Comer Charlatan Draws Even With Florida Derby Winner Tiz The Law

With a rescheduled Kentucky Derby 22 weeks away, the pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Olds”closed as the 3-1 favorite in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”). Up-and-comer Charlatan, who has won his two starts by a combined 16 lengths, and Florida Derby (G1) winner Tiz the Law closed as the co-second choices […]

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‘These Horses Still Have To Go Out And Train’: Baffert Works Top Derby Prospect Authentic

While officials with Santa Anita Park are working with the Los Angeles County board of supervisors and the health department in hopes of reopening the Arcadia track for live racing, trainer Bob Baffert said all he can do is take a wait and see approach with his roster of candidates for the Grade 1 Kentucky […]

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Maxfield: Derby Delay Gives Walsh More Time ‘To Prepare Him Properly’

It was the kind of performance that leaves a racing fan just standing there, slack-jawed, staring at the racetrack but actually into the future, and thinking, “Now, that’s a Derby horse.” Last October, when Maxfield won the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, he delivered not only one of the best juvenile performances of the year, but […]

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Baffert-Trained 3-Year-Old Charlatan Graduates To Two Turns At Santa Anita

In an absolutely virtuoso performance, Bob Baffert’s Charlatan, in his second career start, daylighted his competition by 10 ¼ lengths in Saturday’s sixth race at Santa Anita, a first condition allowance for 3-year-olds at one mile. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, the chestnut colt by Speightstown led every step of the way and got the […]

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Nadal Serves Up Wire-To-Wire Victory In The Rebel

Despite breaking a bit slow and rushing up the rail to grab the lead, then setting solid early fractions over Oaklawn’s sloppy main track, the Bob Baffert-trained Nadal proved he could be successful over two turns in Saturday’s Grade 2 Rebel Stakes. The 3-year-old son of Blame, ridden by Joel Rosario and favored at 4-5, […]

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Baffert Would Prefer Dry Track For Nadal; Colt To Start Without Blinkers In Rebel

By Bob Baffert’s lofty standards, he’s been in a slump recently at Oaklawn. Sure, the Hall of Fame trainer won Thursday’s fifth race, but Morning Snow was racing for a $40,000 claiming price and taken out of that sprint victory. Baffert’s wheelhouse at Oaklawn, of course, is its lucrative series of Kentucky Derby points races […]

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Wood Memorial On The Radar For Baffert-Trained Thousand Words

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert typically has an influx of legitimate prospects for the Kentucky Derby, and this year appears to be no exception. The five-time winner of the ‘Run for the Roses’ will be taking a divide-and-conquer approach to the final preps for the Kentucky Derby and could send dual graded-stakes winner Thousand […]

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Baffert: Federal Indictments Have Convinced Me Industry Needs Horseracing Integrity Act

In a Washington Post editorial published Friday, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert says the federal indictments this week of 28 people for illegally doping racehorses has changed his mind about the congressional legislation known as the Horseracing Integrity Act (HIA). Among other things, the HIA would give a private, independent agency oversight of medication […]

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