Bob Baffert

Eight Rings Delivers In American Pharoah

SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Fred Hertrich, John D. Fielding and Golconda Stables’ Eight Rings was all business in Friday’s Grade 1 American Pharoah Stakes, galloping to an easy five-length win on opening day at Santa Anita Park. The 2-year-old son of Empire Maker, named in honor of New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick’s […]

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Bast Grinds Down Comical To Win Chandelier

Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez is now the all-time leading graded stakes winner in North America, following his 661st graded victory aboard Bast in Friday’s Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita. The previous record was held by Jerry Bailey. “This means a lot. (Jerry Bailey) is a guy who I rode with for […]

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Baffert-Trained Bast A Standout For ‘Win And You’re In’ Chandelier

Bob Baffert’s Bast looms a complete standout among six juvenile fillies in Friday’s Grade I, $300,000 Chandelier Stakes, to be contested at 1 1/16 miles over Santa Anita’s main track. A bay daughter of Uncle Mo, Bast, who was second in her 5 ½ furlong debut, romped by 8 ¾ lengths in the Grade I, […]

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Trio Of Oklahoma Derby Contenders Post Final Workouts

The Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby on Sunday, Sept. 29, will be compiled in the Remington Park racing office on Wednesday morning, along with the seven other stakes events on the special program. Multiple horses expected to take part in the derby, the Grade 3, $200,000 Remington Park Oaks and other races on Sunday have […]

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Velazquez Flying Out To Santa Anita To Ride Pair Of Baffert Trainees In Grade 1 Contests

Two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey John Velazquez has been engaged by Bob Baffert to ride Eight Rings and Bast in the Grade I, $300,000 American Pharoah Stakes and the Grade I, $300,000 Chandelier Stakes opening day this Friday as Santa Anita continues to enhance its historic resume that began on Christmas Day 1934 and will culminate […]

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Apprentice Jorge Velez, Baffert Finish On Top Of Los Alamitos Standings

Apprentice jockey Jorge I. Velez earned his second consecutive Los Alamitos riding title while Hall of Famer Bob Baffert led the trainer standings as the Los Angeles County Fair meet concluded Sunday. The 10-day season was highlighted by an impressive victories by a pair of Baffert-trained fillies- the 3-year-old Flor de La Mar in the […]

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Improbable, Mr. Money Arrive At Parx For G1 Pennsylvania Derby

Seven out-of-town runners – four from California and three from Kentucky – pulled into the Parx Racing stable area late Wednesday morning in advance of engagements on Saturday’s monster card led by the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby and Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes. The group included the two favorites for the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, Improbable and Mr. Money, […]

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Improbable Now 8-5 On Pennsylvania Derby’s Revised Morning Line

Maximum Security, the 9-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 40th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing, will not run. Trainer Jason Servis announced Tuesday that the colt will miss the race because of an issue with his colon. “He was doing great,” Servis said. “I was really looking forward to […]

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McKinzie, Thunder Snow Retain Top Two Spots In Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings

Little change for Week #15 in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings as Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie holds onto the top spot with 287 votes, and maintains a solid lead over two-time Dubai World Cup (G1) winner, Thunder Snow (IRE), who has 183 votes in second place. The 4-year-old McKinzie, […]

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West: ‘Intention Is To Race Maximum Security’ In 2020; Game Winner, Done For The Year, May Be Retired

Owner Gary West had some good news and bad news about Maximum Security and Game Winner, the 3-year-old stable stars he owns in partnership with his wife, Mary. Maximum Security, the pro-tem leader of the North American 3-year-old male division and the likely favorite in Saturday’s Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing, is expected […]

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