Is This The Year Baffert Catches Up To Jones With An Unreachable Sixth Derby Victory?

Having been raised on a ranch in Nogales, Ariz., near the Mexican border, and having ridden during his teen years in a fair share of those I-bet-my-horse-can-outrun-yours races that were so common in the Southwest, he once thought that having a 20-horse stable at Rillito Park would be — well, that it would be proof […]

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Kentucky Derby Consignor Standings Presented By Keeneland: Late-Blooming Authentic Makes Good For Harrison

Authentic was born the day before the 2017 Kentucky Derby, and by Bridie Harrison’s recollection, he might have been the last foal born at her Cynthiana, Ky., farm that season. As the Kentucky Derby trail heats up, the Into Mischief colt might give the tired “saving the best for last” cliche another breath of life. […]

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Green-Running Sham Winner Authentic May Be Fitted With Blinkers, Ear Plugs For Next Start

Bob Baffert was sitting pretty Sunday morning after Authentic emerged in good order from his authoritative 7 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes, the West Coast’s first major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4 and beyond that the Kentucky Derby on May 2. “He looked good […]

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Authentic Runs Away With Derby Points In Sham Stakes

Although extremely green late, Bob Baffert’s Authentic stamped himself as a top tier Derby contender with a powerful gate to wire triumph in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke the Kentucky-bred colt by Into Mischief got a flat mile in 1:37.57. Sent from his rail post position, […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who Will Grab Kentucky Derby Points In Sham Stakes?

The 20th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Sham Stakes is the first of four Santa Anita races for budding Kentucky Derby hopefuls, which includes the Robert B. Lewis Stakes and San Felipe Stakes before the finale, the Santa Anita Derby in April. Six horses line up for this year’s Sham with five having won […]

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Sham Stakes Set To Kick Off California’s 2020 Road To The Triple Crown

California’s road to the 2020 Triple Crown begins Saturday at Santa Anita with the running of the Grade 3 Sham Stakes, a mile test for youngsters that just turned 3 years old and offering 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, four to the runner-up, two to the third-place finisher and one to the […]

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Quality Road Filly Brings $420,000 To Top Tuesday At Keeneland September Sale

The buoyant pace showed no sign of slowing down on Tuesday, the eighth session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, powered by a Quality Road filly sold for $420,000 to Jamie McCalmont, agent for Sarah Kelley. Consigned by Stone Farm, the filly is out of the Pulpit mare Chapel, a full sister to Senada, winner of the 2011 […]

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