Karl Watson

Hoppertunity Retired To Northview PA For 2019 Breeding Season

Multiple Grade 1 winner and multimillionaire Hoppertunity will enter stud in 2019 at Northview PA in Peach Bottom, Pa. With career earnings of $4,712,625, the 7-year-old becomes the richest horse ever to stand his first season in the Mid-Atlantic region. His stud fee is $5,000 live foal, with shares and lifetime breeding rights being offered. […]

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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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Pretty N Cool Strong Off The Layoff In Las Flores

Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman’s Pretty N Cool hadn’t been seen in the afternoon for six months, but she returned in spectacular fashion on Sunday, sprinting away from her rivals to win the G3 Las Flores Stakes by nearly two lengths. The 4-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy, ridden by Martin Garcia, covered six […]

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Pretty N Cool Gives Baffert Seventh Victory in Sorrento Stakes

Pretty N Cool, the 2-5 favorite under jockey Martin Garcia, confirmed her status as favorite for the Grade 1 $300,000 Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 5 with a convincing victory in Wednesday’s featured $200,000 Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Del Mar. Pretty N Cool, a $160,000 Keeneland yearling purchase by owners Mike […]

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‘He Lied Like Nobody’s Business’: A Racing Con Man and His Trail of Deception

Five months ago, Jonathan Pippin was living large. A small-time Ohio grifter who had convinced a handful of Twitter followers to invest in horses he didn’t own, Pippin had been working for months at hooking a bigger fish, one of the largest in all of horse racing. And so that’s how he found himself as […]

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Fiftyshadesofhay Closes Well to Win Ruffian

Fiftyshadesofhay emerged victorious from a three-horse scramble to the wire to take the Grade 2, $250,000 Ruffian in thrilling fashion on Sunday at Belmont Park. Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert and ridden by another Hall of Famer in John Velazquez, Fiftyshadesofhay lagged behind the early leaders through an opening quarter-mile in a blistering […]

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