Karl Watson

Baffert-Trained Azul Coast Captures El Camino Real Derby

The Bob Baffert trained Azul Coast boasted his superiority in Saturday’s $100,000 El Camino Real Derby, stalking the pace before turning away a pair of Northern California entrees to win the 39th running of one of Northern California’s most prestigious horse races. Sent off at favored odds of 7-5, Azul Coast sat fourth in the […]

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McKinzie Confirms Lead In Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings

Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie, dominant winner of last Saturday’s Whitney (G1) at Saratoga, strengthened his lead over Thunder Snow (IRE) in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings poll, while the Whitney runner-up, Yoshida (JPN), surged to No. 3 in the standings. Trained by three-time Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winning-trainer Bob […]

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Baffert: Whitney Winner McKinzie ‘Got A Little Bit Faster Once We Named Him’

For Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, McKinzie’s victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney was especially satisfying as it demonstrated the 4-year-old’s full potential and also served as a tribute to his friend, the late racing executive Brad McKinzie. “He got a proper Grade 1 race, as they say in England,” said Baffert. “The plan […]

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McKinzie On Top Classic Division With Whitney Triumph

Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s McKinzie has taken over the Classic division with a decisive win in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney Stakes, earning an expenses-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup feature race in the process. The 4-year-old son of Street Sense battled for the lead but was able to settle just off the […]

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McKinzie, Smith Give Baffert A Third Pennsylvania Derby Win

Trainer Bob Baffert has liked McKinzie from the start, but a hind ankle injury forced the 3-year-old son of Street Sense to miss out on this year’s Triple Crown challenge. Baffert, of course, sent out Justify for his history-making run, but now that the Triple Crown winner has been retired McKinzie stepped up to fill […]

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Once On Whiskey Denies Draft Pick In Los Alamitos Derby

Trainer Bob Baffert saddled two horses in Saturday’s Grade 3 Los Alamitos Derby, including the 1-2 post time favorite Ax Man. At the finish, however, it was his other trainee hitting the wire first at 7-1 odds. Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s Once On Whiskey rolled down the stretch to put his nose […]

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Veteran Hoppertunity Dominates Tokyo City Cup

An unsung hero in the Bob Baffert stable over six racing seasons, 7-year-old Hoppertunity made his 30th career start a virtual walk in Santa Anita Park as he took Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup by 6 ½ lengths.  Ridden by Flavien Prat, “Hop” negotiated a marathon mile and one half in 2:32.63. With longshot Beaumarchais setting […]

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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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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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