Bob Baffert

Belinda Stronach To Legislators: California Racing Now ‘Gold Standard’ For Safety

A wide array of state and national Thoroughbred racing and breeding representatives spoke at an informational hearing of the California Senate and Assembly’s Governmental Organization Committee in the State Capitol in Sacramento on Wednesday. The hearing – whose subject was entitled an Overview of Equine and Human Safety and Welfare Policies and Procedures Within California’s […]

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Baffert Has Formidable Contingent Pointing To Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

Remaining on target for the Grade 1, $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., on June 8 is multiple graded stakes winner McKinzie. The 4-year-old son of Street Sense owned by Karl Watson, Michael Pegram, and Paul Weitman, has made three starts this year for trainer Bob Baffert, beginning his 2019 campaign with […]

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Spinoff, Intrepid Heart On Target For Belmont; Game Winner On Fence

Trainer Todd Pletcher added Spinoff to the list of probable entrants for the Grade 1 $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets on June 8 after an 18th-place effort in the Kentucky Derby. A Wertheimer and Frere homebred, the 3-year-old son of Hard Spun didn’t take to the sloppy track conditions in the Derby, according to […]

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Never A Time ‘I Felt Like I Was Going To Get Beat’: Connections Reflect On Justify’s Triple Crown

Some legends don’t need long careers to make an indelible mark on their sport. Running backs Jim Brown and Barry Sanders both retired from Hall of Fame careers before turning 31. Injuries forced Mike Bossy, one of the NHL’s best all-time goal scorers, out of the league at a similar age. Sandy Koufax called it […]

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$1.8-Million Into Mischief Filly Rocks Record Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale

The meteoric rise of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale from a place for early-season scratches, buybacks, and regionally-bred horses into a legitimate place to sell an upper-market juvenile continued in 2019, with the sale once again breaking records in gross and average sale price. A $1.8-million Into Mischief filly became the most expensive […]

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Casse: ‘Extremely Good Shot’ War Of Will To Contest Belmont Stakes

Gary Barber’s War of Will exited his 1 ¼-length victory over the late-running Everfast in Saturday’s144th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., in good order and will run in the Belmont Stakes (G1) June 8 at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.,  if the colt continues to show all the right signs, […]

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Mucho Gusto Proves Deserving Favorite In Laz Barrera

Breaking from the rail for the third time in his six-race career, Bob Baffert’s Mucho Gusto took serious early pressure but dictated terms throughout, shaking off his pursuers a furlong from home en route to a handy 3 ¼ length win in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Joe […]

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Preakness Notes, May 16: Favored Improbable Full Of Energy Thursday

Improbable, the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 144th Preakness Stakes (G1), made his first visit to the track at Pimlico Race Course Thursday morning under exercise rider Humberto Gomez. The chestnut colt trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert had shipped to Baltimore from Louisville, Ky. Wednesday. Video: https://youtu.be/JG4S3WAa6C8 Owned by the triumvirate of WinStar Farm, China […]

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NBC Sports Preakness Coverage To Include Live Interview With Maximum Security Owner

Following one of the most dramatic finishes in Kentucky Derby history, NBC Sports’ Triple Crown horse racing returns this weekend with live coverage of the 144th Preakness Stakes this Saturday, May 18, at 5 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., begins Friday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the […]

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Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Kirkwood Stables: Moving On To The Preakness

There’s never been a post-Kentucky Derby experience like the one the horse racing industry has seen in the last 10 days. But despite the disqualification of Maximum Security and then defection of the resulting winner, Country House, the second leg of the Triple Crown goes on and this year’s Preakness Stakes is shaping up to […]

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