Bob Baffert

Hoppertunity, Diversify Take On Locals The Player, Honorable Duty In Clark Handicap

Churchill Downs-based rising stars The Player and Honorable Duty are set to bid for glory over their home track, but both face a roster of accomplished invaders headed by a pair of Jockey Club Gold Cup (GI) winners in New York-based Diversify and the Bob Baffert-trained Hoppertunity in Friday’s 143rd running of the $500,000-guaranteed Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI), the premier race of the […]

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Hoppertunity Regresa A Churchill Downs En Busca De Su Segunda Victoria En El Clark Handicap

Hoppertunity, caballo propiedad de Mike Pegram, Karl Watson y Paul Weitman, buscará duplicar su triunfo de 2014 para convertirse en apenas el cuarto doble ganador del Clark Handicap Presentado por Norton Heathcare (G1, $500,000), cuya edición número 143 se disputará el viernes 24 en Churchill Downs. “Nunca olvidaré cuando ganó el Clark de 2014,” dijo […]

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Money’soncharlotte, Faithfully Square Off In Thanksgiving’s Falls City Handicap

George Hall’s Money’soncharlotte, winner of the Grade III Molly Pitcher at Monmouth Park this summer, and Windsor Boys Racing, Bruce Lunsford, and J.G. Sikura’s Faithfully, runner-up in the Grade I Zenyatta at Santa Anita in September, loom as major contenders in a competitive group of seven fillies and mares entered in Thursday’s 102nd running $200,000 […]

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Dream Tree Again Holds Off Midnight Bisou In Desi Arnaz Stakes

In a rematch of their first encounter, Dream Tree, the even-money favorite, again barely held off the late challenge of Midnight Bisou to win by a nose in the featured $100,000 Desi Arnaz Stakes Saturday at Del Mar. Dream Tree, ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, opened a clear advantage in the stretch but then had to go all out […]

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Baffert Sending Hoppertunity In Search Of A Second Clark Handicap Victory

Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman’s Hoppertunity hopes to duplicate his effort from 2014 and become only the fourth two-time winner of Friday’s 143rd running of the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) at Churchill Downs. “I’ll never forget when he won the 2014 Clark,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “He’s back […]

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Haskin: Remember ‘The Real Arrogate,’ Not His Runs At Del Mar

Hall of Fame turfwriter Steve Haskin addressed the “bewildering” dichotomy of the big gray Arrogate in his blog at bloodhorse.com this week, coming to the conclusion that the Bob Baffert-trained colt’s four-race run of breathtaking performances should be his legacy, rather than his terrible downfall in the latter half of 2017. “We saw two distinctly different […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: A Classic Case Of Redemption

Steve Asmussen can be wound a little tight now and then, but the good vibrations he was putting out in the days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup championships at Del Mar were as laid-back and cool as a Beach Boys melody from the 1960s. The trainer of Classic favorite Gun Runner was among a […]

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Arrogate Heading Off To Stud; West Coast, Collected Baffert’s Candidates For Pegasus

Trainer Bob Baffert said all 11 of his Breeders’ Cup horses came out of their races in fine shape. The Baffert stable finished the weekend with four seconds – Collected (Classic), Solomon (Sentient Jet Juvenile), Alluring Star (14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies) and Abel Tasman (Longines Distaff) and a third – West Coast (Classic) – […]

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Gun Runner To Be Shown At Three Chimneys, Rejoin Asmussen Stable In New Orleans

Gun Runner, who virtually secured Horse of the Year honors by taking Saturday’s $6-million Breeders’ Cup Classic by 2 1/4 lengths in front-running fashion over Collected, is scheduled to stay in training this winter in New Orleans, though how much racing that might lead to is yet to be determined. Trainer Steve Asmussen said Sunday […]

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Gun Runner All The Way In Emphatic Breeders’ Cup Classic Victory

It was billed as one of the most competitive editions of the Breeders’ Cup Classics in recent memory, but Gun Runner didn’t bother reading the hype. The 4-year-old son of Candy Ride vied for the lead with Collected through at least 10 furlongs, but when Florent Geroux asked his mount the question in the stretch […]

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