Bob Baffert

Santa Anita: Baffert-Trained Just A Smidge Scores Allowance Win At 25-1

Sent from the gate and in command for most of the one mile journey, Bob Baffert’s diminutive Just a Smidge outran her 25-1 to odds as she posted an extra game 1 ¼ length win in Thursday’s $59,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Ridden by apprentice Asa Espinoza, the 4-year-old grey filly by Into Mischief got […]

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Mubtaahij Retired, Likely To Stand In Argentina

Mubtaahij, a graded stakes winner in the U.S. and U.A.E., has been retired from racing and will likely begin his stallion career in Argentina, BloodHorse reports. The 7-year-old son of Dubawi is currently residing at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Lexington, Ky., while his stud plans are finalized. Bloodstock agent Donato Lanni told BloodHorse’s Jeremy […]

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Baffert Duo Tops Individual Choices In Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s Grade I-winning duo of Game Winner and Improbable are the individual morning line favorites in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager but “All Other 3-Year-Olds” is expected to be the overall preference when betting concludes Sunday. Veteran odds maker Mike Battaglia has installed “All Other 3-Year-Olds” as the 5-2 early choice in the field of 24 betting interests […]

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Mucho Gusto Lands At No. 4 In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

An open-length victory over sealed, sloppy going in the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes February 2 was enough to earn Mucho Gusto a place in the top 10 in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll. Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, Mucho Gusto became the latest sophomore from the barn of […]

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‘Dreaming In Technicolor’: Baffert Bullish On 2019 Derby Candidates

Chad Brown has won an Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding trainer for the past three years, but if there was a category for most recognizable trainer, Bob Baffert would have retired the cup by now. He’s on TV more than Lucy reruns. Winning the Kentucky Derby five times and sweeping the Triple Crown twice […]

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Baffert ‘Getting Some Changes’ From Talented Coliseum With New Equipment

Godolphin homebred Coliseum is obviously talented, but his personality has proven difficult for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert to manage. The 3-year-old son of Tapit out of Grade 1 winner Game Face first excited Kentucky Derby dreams with his 6 3/4-length debut victory at Del Mar in November, but missed the break in the Jan. […]

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McKinzie, Battle Of Midway Square Off In San Pasqual At Santa Anita

Two of America’s best older horses, McKinzie and Battle of Midway, head a field of eight 4-year-olds and up going a mile and one eighth in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita.  Throw in Dabster, who like McKinzie, is trained by Bob Baffert, and the San Pasqual, which is a traditional […]

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Gunmetal Gray Takes On Baffert-Trained Mucho Gusto In Robert B. Lewis

In a key prep to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby April 7, Jerry Hollendorfer’s Gunmetal Gray and Bob Baffert’s Mucho Gusto head a field of six sophomores in Saturday’s Grade III, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. In his best performance to date, Gunmetal Gray rallied from off the pace to […]

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Hall Of Fame Jockey Victor Espinoza ‘Given The Green Light To Ride’

Victor Espinoza said Sunday morning at Santa Anita that doctors have cleared him to resume his riding career. The 46-year-old Triple Crown winner and Hall of Fame member suffered a fractured vertebrae in his neck and a stinger to his left shoulder and arm in a training mishap at Del Mar last July 22 and […]

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Baffert: Horse Of The Year Justify ‘One Of The Best That I’ve Trained’

Bob Baffert was back on the beat at Clockers’ Corner Saturday morning, less than 48 hours after his undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify was named Horse of the Year for 2018. “He’ll go down among a very elite group of horses,” Baffert said of the son of Scat Daddy, who numbered the Santa Anita Derby […]

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