Bob Baffert

Hoppertunity Assigned Highweight In Wednesday’s Cougar II Handicap

Hoppertunity, who at the relatively advanced Thoroughbred age of seven continues to win races in top company while adding to his bankroll of almost $4.7 million, will carry highweight of 125 pounds Wednesday in the Grade III $100,000 Cougar II Handicap at the marathon distance of a mile and one-half over Del Mar’s main dirt track. The […]

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Baffert On Justify: ‘We’re In A Holding Pattern’

Triple Crown champion Justify made his first appearance at Del Mar on Monday morning, a “meet and greet” with the San Diego County media conducted by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Justify looked as imposing as he had at all points through six straight victories in a career begun early this year with the […]

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Average Daily Handle Up 4 Percent During Los Alamitos Summer Thoroughbred Festival

Impressive graded stakes victories by Marley’s Freedom and Once On Whiskey, the continued emergence of apprentice jockeys Asa Espinoza and Heriberto Figueroa and a spectacular debut by the highly-regarded 2-year-old Instagrand highlighted Los Alamitos’ Summer Thoroughbred Festival. The three-week season concluded Sunday, wrapping the first of three daytime meets in 2018 at Los Alamitos. A […]

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Once On Whiskey Denies Draft Pick In Los Alamitos Derby

Trainer Bob Baffert saddled two horses in Saturday’s Grade 3 Los Alamitos Derby, including the 1-2 post time favorite Ax Man. At the finish, however, it was his other trainee hitting the wire first at 7-1 odds. Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s Once On Whiskey rolled down the stretch to put his nose […]

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Draft Pick Vs. Pair From Baffert, O’Neill Stables In Los Alamitos Derby

Draft Pick, who upset heavily-favored Solomini in the Grade 3 Affirmed Stakes June 10, will try for his third consecutive victory in the $150,000-guaranteed Los Alamitos Derby Saturday. Restricted to 3-year-olds and scheduled for 1 1/8 miles, the Grade 3 Los Alamitos Derby will go as the eighth of nine races. Post time Saturday is […]

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Justify Getting ‘Checked Out’ After Ankle Filling Discovered; Racing Plans Uncertain

Justify, undefeated winner of this year’s Triple Crown, is going to be evaluated for some filling in his left front ankle, it was announced today. “Justify had some filling in his left front ankle a week ago, which subsided in a couple days,” said trainer Bob Baffert. “I trained him last week and the filling […]

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Marley’s Freedom Makes The Grade In Great Lady M

Heavily-favored Marley’s Freedom earned the first graded stakes victory of her career with a last-to-first score in the $200,000 Great Lady M. Saturday at Los Alamitos. The prohibitive 1-5 choice against four rivals, the 4-year-old Blame filly out of the Formal Gold mare Relaxing Green prevailed by 1 ½ lengths over defending champion and 5-2 second choice […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: A ‘Super’ Problem?

One of the issues in racing that’s gotten quite a bit of attention in 2018 is similar partnerships owning several horses in a race. Much was made of the subject after some questionable tactics in the Belmont Stakes. Hand-in-hand with that, huge stables dominating the sport is another topic on the minds of many. Bill […]

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Distance Specialists Tapwrit, Hoppertunity Face Off In Belmont Park’s Suburban

Last year’s Belmont Stakes hero Tapwrit will make his graded stakes return as part of a field of 11 in the Grade 2, $700,000 Suburban at 1 1/4 miles on Saturday at Belmont Park. Installed as Race 9 with an approximate post time of 6:18 p.m. ET on Saturday’s 11-race Stars & Stripes live racing […]

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Skye Diamonds Bids For Repeat In Great Lady M At Los Alamitos

Defending champion Skye Diamonds and impressive Desert Stormer winner Marley’s Freedom head a field of five in the $200,000-guaranteed Great Lady M. Stakes Saturday at Los Alamitos. Post time is 1 p.m. Scheduled at 6 ½ furlongs, the Grade II for fillies & mares 3-year-olds & up will go as the eighth of nine races. […]

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