Game On Dude Headed for Hollywood Gold Cup

Several stakes performers recorded workouts over the last few days, including Bob Baffert-trained Grade I winners, Game On Dude and Liaison. Game On Dude, who won last year’s Hollywood Gold Cup, is on a four-race win streak. An earner of $4.7 million, Game On Dude went a leisurely half-mile in :50 3/5 seconds May 20 […]

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Liaison Ends Stakes Drought in Mervyn LeRoy for Baffert

Even though he didn’t have a starter in the Kentucky Derby, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert did win a graded stakes on the first Saturday of May. Perfectly positioned throughout by jockey Martin Garcia, Liaison won for the second time in as many 2013 starts, taking the $150,250 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap at Betfair Hollywood […]

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Liaison Returns with Sharp Score in Santana Mile

Idle since well beaten in the Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 25, Liaison came back running in Sunday’s $70,000 Santana Mile, defeating favored Midnight Transfer by a half-length while getting the distance in 1:36.36. Ridden by Martin Garcia, Liaison broke sharply from post position three and sat a comfortable third behind Hoorayforhollywood and […]

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Travers field beginning to take shape

Liaison, third in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy, will be Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s lone representative in the Grade 1, $1 million Travers as Zayat Stables’ Paynter has been declared from the Mid-Summer Derby. Paynter, second in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes to Union Rags, won the Haskell Invitational on July 29 at […]

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Baffert sending Liaison to Jim Dandy

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has confirmed his Cash Call Futurity winner Liaison as a starter for Saturday’s Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy for 3-year-olds. The Indian Charlie colt, owned by Arnold Zetcher, has run twice since a sixth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, finishing second, beaten a half-length, in the Grade 3 Affirmed […]

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Nonios, Liaison square off in Swaps Stakes

Nonios, the upset winner of the Grade III Affirmed Handicap June 3, will stretch to 1 1/8 miles in the $150,000 Swaps Stakes Wednesday at Betfair Hollywood Park. A Grade II for 3-year-olds over Cushion Track, the Swaps is the seventh of eight races on the special 4th of July program. Post time is 1 […]

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Kentucky Derby 138 Barn Notes: Monday, April 30

MARK VALESKI DRILLS BULLET FIVE-EIGHTHS CREATIVE CAUSE WORKS HALF-MILE IN :47.80 LIAISON, ASMUSSEN DUO PUT IN FINAL PRE-DERBY WORKS ALPHA – Godolphin Stable’s Alpha had a very light exercise at Belmont Park Monday morning before being shipped by plane to Churchill Downs. He is scheduled to arrive at the track between 5 and 6 p.m. […]

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Kentucky Derby 138 Barn Notes: Thursday, April 26

Kentucky Derby weather forecast:Saturday, May 5: Scattered Thunderstorms with a 30% chance of rain, High 80, Low 61 TAKE CHARGE INDY HAS “BRILLIANT WORK” AT PALM MEADOWS UNION RAGS, WENT THE DAY WELL ARRIVE FROM KEENELAND ALPHA – Godolphin Racing’s Alpha, second in his most recent start in the Wood Memorial (Grade I), is scheduled […]

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Kentucky Derby 138 Barn Notes: Wednesday, April 25

LIAISON CONTINUES DERBY PREP WITH SIX-FURLONG BREEZE ISN’T HE CLEVER WITHDRAWN FROM DERBY 138 CONSIDERATION BODEMEISTER / LIAISON – Arnold Zetcher LLC’s Liaison worked six furlongs in 1:12.80 over a track labeled as “good” under Shaun Bridgmohan after the renovation break on a sunny and mild Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs. Working on his own […]

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