Bob Baffert

Plein Air To Defend Grade 3 Astra Title Against Nine Others

Bob Baffert’s Irish-bred Plein Air is back to defend her title in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Astra Stakes at Santa Anita, as she, along with Ray Bell’s Mantuana and Jim Cassidy’s Amboseli, head a wide open field of 10 fillies and mares going a marathon mile and one half on turf. In what was her […]

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Baffert On Fence About McKinzie In Pegasus World Cup

McKinzie has been under consideration for the 12th and final spot in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park, but trainer Bob Baffert is leaning toward another option for the 4-year-old. “He’s doing well and ii’s tempting,” Baffert said of McKinzie, who won his last start in the Grade I Malibu Stakes […]

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‘If All Goes Well,’ Undefeated Game Winner To Start 2019 Campaign In March 9 San Felipe

Bob Baffert celebrates his 66th birthday today. The two-time Triple Crown winning trainer will highlight the occasion this afternoon by attending the wedding of fellow Hall of Fame member Mike Smith, who rode Horse of the Year finalist Justify to a Triple Crown sweep for Baffert last year and has been a reliable and trusted […]

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Accelerate To Work ‘Long’ On Friday; Malibu Winner McKinzie Still On Fence

With rain forecast in Southern California starting Friday evening in an erratic weather pattern forecast over the next few days, Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year finalist Accelerate will work at Santa Anita on Friday morning at 6:30 instead of Saturday, as previously scheduled, in advance of the $9-million Pegasus […]

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Select Sales Agency Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Narrow Races For Top Consignor, Breeder, Sire In Final 2018 Rankings

The 2018 racing calendar featured a run of dominant individual performances in graded stakes races, but several of the industry’s core positions saw tight finishes in compiled graded wins as the year came to a close, especially in the bloodstock realm. The races for top consignor and breeder by number of graded winners in 2018 […]

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McKinzie Could Grab Final Spot In Pegasus World Cup Invitational

Gulfstream Park is in talks with McKinzie’s connections about a vacated slot in the Pegasus World Cup starting gates, according to the Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee. The berth, the 12th and final spot in the $9 million race, opened up after trainer Brad Cox withdrew Leofric due to a minor injury. Here is the […]

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Bellafina Facing Four In Sunday’s G2 Santa Ynez

Both Kaleem Shah’s Bellafina, a Grade I winner two starts back, and Bob Baffert’s up and coming Mother Mother, cut back in distance and head a cast of five sophomore fillies in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes at seven furlongs. Throw in Doug O’Neill’s Sold It, who pressed the early pace going two […]

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Battle Of The Grays As Coliseum And Gunmetal Gray Take Aim At G3 Sham

Bob Baffert’s Coliseum and Jerry Hollendorfer’s Gunmetal Gray head a field of seven sophomores going a flat mile in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita.  The Sham, named for the winner of the 1973 Santa Anita Derby who was subsequently second to the immortal Secretariat in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness […]

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Godolphin’s Coliseum Fires Bullet Toward Jan. 5 Sham Stakes

Coliseum, seemingly one in a plethora of Bob Baffert 2-year-olds about to embark on the Triple Crown trail, worked six furlongs under Joe Talamo Sunday morning at Santa Anita Park. The colt recorded a bullet 1:12.40 for the Grade III Sham Stakes on Jan. 5. The one mile race for 3-year-olds is the first stakes […]

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McKinzie Roars From Off The Pace To Win Malibu Before Santa Anita Opening Day Crowd of 41,373

Karl Watson, Paul Weitman and Mike Pegram’s McKinzie began 2018 as Bob Baffert’s leading prospect for the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, but injury forced the Street Sense colt to the sidelines while Baffert stablemate Justify made his unbeaten run through the Triple Crown. McKinzie ended the year with an overpowering 4 3/4-length victory in the […]

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