Tags ‘Bob Baffert’

Bayern Impressive in Santa Anita Allowance

Michael Compton | 2 months ago
In a race that could have Derby implications, Bayern stretched out to a mile and dominated a $58,000 allowance race for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita, winning by 15 lengths. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Gary Stevens, Bayern covered the distance in 1:35.77—and was then ridden out past the wire another sixteenth of a [...](Read more...) Read More...

California Bill Targeting Equine Medical Director Dies Necessary Death

Received an email the other day from a service of California’s state government that tracks pending legislation. It said simply: “AB-1154: Horse racing: equine drug testing: equine medical director.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Is Cobalt a Killer in Horses?

Cobalt isn’t listed in the 15 pages of drugs published by the Association of Racing Commissioners International in its “Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances.” So it caught many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Midnight Hawk Best in Sham Stakes

Michael Compton | 3 months ago
Midnight Hawk stamped himself as a leading contender for the Santa Anita Derby (G1) in winning Saturday’s Sham Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita. With two scratches out of the Sham, the field was reduced to four and 2-1 second choice Kristo, with Rafael Bejarano up, was sent to the lead going into the first turn, [...](Read more...) Read More...

Investigative Reporting a Positive Force for Change in Racing Industry

The following was presented by Ray Paulick at the 40th annual Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Tucson, Ariz., during a panel entitled “Muckraking Journalism as a Positive Force – the Second... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Report on Baffert Deaths: No Wrongdoing But ‘There’s Something Wrong Here’

An extensive investigation by the California Horse Racing Board into the sudden deaths of seven horses from trainer Bob Baffert’s barn at Hollywood Park, from November 2011 to March 2013, concluded... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Vet Records Provided Voluntarily in Secret Compass Death

While the California Horse Racing Board has yet to act on a proposal that would make it mandatory to provide veterinary records for post-mortem examination of horses that died at CHRB licensed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Questions Still Unanswered in Baffert Sudden Deaths

Sometimes I’m a little slow at figuring things out. It’s been just over four months since racing writers at several publications got ahold of California Horse Racing Board necropsy reports detailing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Putting California Sudden Death Numbers in Perspective

At the April 11 meeting of the California Horse Racing Board, commissioner Bo Derek, chairman of the regulatory agency’s Medication and Track Safety Committee, in reviewing the sudden deaths of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Personal Attacks Don’t Solve Mystery of Baffert Horses

“My name’s Ray, and I’m an addict.” I don’t know how many hundred times I’ve said that since I began going to 12-Step meetings in 2004, the year I spent 14 days at a rehabilitation hospital for a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Code West Edges Uncaptured in Matt Winn Stakes

Michael Compton | 10 months ago
Gary and Mary West’s Code West, runner-up in the Risen Star (G2) this winter, collected the first stakes win of his career with a valiant head triumph over Uncaptured in Saturday’s $113,100 Matt Winn (G3) at Churchill Downs. Code West, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.37 to give Southern California-based Hall [...](Read more...) Read More...

Fast Bullet Fires Winning Shot in True North Handicap

Michael Compton | 11 months ago
Fast Bullet took advantage of a surface kind to speed on the Belmont Stakes undercard to win the True North Handicap (G2) on April 7. The Zayat Stables colorbearer shot to the lead coming out of the gate and turned back a late bid from entrymate Justin... Read More...

California Post-Mortem Program Has Major Flaw

One year ago, horsemen in New York were facing a major crisis when state government and racing regulators demanded answers for the sudden increase in equine racing fatalities at Aqueduct racetrack.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

CHRB: No Spike in Sudden Equine Deaths

The California Horse Racing Board said the number of non-musculoskeletal sudden deaths of horses in racing and training at California racetracks has not spiked, contrary to an article published in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

UPDATED: Cardiac Failure Fatalities Spike in California, Baffert Barn

What is causing a significant increase in sudden deaths by cardiac failure among horses at California racetracks, and why were traces of rodenticide, or rat poison, found in post-mortem toxicology... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Governor Charlie Sets Track Record in Sunland Derby Win

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Governor Charlie turned back eight rivals in winning Sunday’s $800,000 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park in track record time. Ridden by Martin Garcia, Governor Charlie stalked the early pace, vied three wide around the far turn of the 1 1/8-mile test and drew clear in the lane. The son of Midnight Lute crossed the wire [...](Read more...) Read More...

Super Ninety Nine, Horse to Beat in Rebel Stakes

24 races down, just 12 races to go before we determine the qualifiers for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Of the 24 races as part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby points system so far, only one horse has dominated a specific race. That horse... Read More...

Brigand Tops General George at Laurel

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Trainer Bob Baffert has won Maryland’s marquee race, the Preakness Stakes (G1), five times during his Hall of Fame career. But the Souuthern California-based trainer had never sent a starter to Laurel Park until Brigand won the City Of Laurel Stakes ... Read More...

Flashback Set for Robert B. Lewis ‘Scrimmage’

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Bob Baffert has been down the Kentucky Derby trail enough to know that the first Saturday in May is light years away from Feb. 2. Regardless, Baffert sends out one of his top Triple Crown prospects on Saturday when Flashback will go postward in the Rob... Read More...

2012 Horse Racing Top Performers

It was yet another roller coaster ride for the Sport of Kings in North America with high points and low points, but all in all it was a solid year that saw impressive horses, fantastic horses and above all tremendous winning streaks. Below, we compiled... Read More...

Executiveprivilege, How Will She Rebound in Starlet?

It’s much easier to deal with the rigors of sports and competition when all is good, but a true competitor or athlete shows the ability to rebound after defeat. The Bob Baffert trained filly Executiveprivilege will take to the track in unfamiliar territory on Saturday,... Read More...

Game On Dude Rebounds With Win in Native Diver

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Game On Dude rebounded from a poor performance in the Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 3, winning the $242,500 Native Diver Stakes Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. The 10th lifetime victory for the 3-10 favorite did not come easy. The 5-year-old Awesome... Read More...

Game on Dude Set for Native Diver Stakes

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Game On Dude, who won the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup July 7, will try for his third win in four local starts in the $250,000 Native Diver Stakes Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. Owned by Joe Torre’s Diamond Pride LLC, Lanni Family Trust, Ernie Moo... Read More...

Breaking Down the 2012 Breeders Cup Classic

November 3, 2012 at 5:30pm PST will mark the 29th running of the prestigious Breeders Cup Classic. The $5,000,000 1 1/4 miles race has seen superstar horses such as Curlin, Cigar, A.P. Indy, Awesome Again and Sunday Silence among others win. In a field of... Read More...

Coil Wins Santa Anita Sprint Championship

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Coil and Capital Account swept the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1) for trainer Bob Baffert Saturday at Santa Anita. Coil edged Capital Account by a head in a finish decided by a photo. Amazombie, last year’s champion sprinter, was fourth as ... Read More...

Game on Dude, Baffert, Bejarano in Santa Anita Spotlight

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Bob Baffert and Rafael Bejarano teamed up to win three of the five Grade 1 races at Santa Anita on Saturday. In the Awesome Again Stakes (G1), the centerpiece event, Game on Dude won the race by 3 ¼ lengths under Bejarano and earned an automatic berth... Read More...

Bob Baffert Still Going Strong, Despite

It’s been a roller coaster ride of emotions for trainer Bob Baffert these last few months, both on and off the track. In March, he had a heart attack in Dubai as Game on Dude was preparing to run in the Dubai World Cup. He... Read More...

Fed Biz Gives Baffert Milestone Stakes Win in El Cajon

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Kaleem Shah’s Fed Biz gave trainer Bob Baffert his 100th stakes victory on Friday at Del Mar. Fed Biz, considered a top Triple Crown prospect early this year, returned from the sidelines with an impressive score in the El Cajon Stakes under Joe T... Read More...

Contested Best in Test Stakes

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Even-money favorite Contested came from off the pace to regain her winning form with a two-length victory in the 87th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Test for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. Contested rebounded from a last-plac... Read More...

Executiveprivilege Takes Care of Business in Sorrento Stakes

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Executiveprivilege remained perfect in three career starts with a victory in the Sorrento Stakes (G3) at Del Mar on Wednesday. Sent off as the 2-5 favorite, Executiveprivilege did what she needed to do to come away with the win under Rafael Bejarano. S... Read More...

Paynter Takes Over Division Lead With Haskell Win

With the departure of I’ll Have Another to injury that eventually forced him to retire, the three year old male division was left for Bodemeister to control. The Bob Baffert trained colt who destroyed the competition in the Arkansas Derby by 9 1/4 lengths fell... Read More...

Paynter Dominates Haskell Foes for Zayat Stables

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Paynter carried the colors of Zayat Stables home on top in the $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park on Sunday. Zayat Stables colorbearers finished second in each of this year’s Triple Crown races. Bodemeister finished second in both ... Read More...

Paynter Installed as Morning-Line Favorite for Haskell Invitational

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Paynter has been installed as the 3-2 morning-line favorite for Sunday’s $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park. Paynter drew post position No. 3. Beaten narrowly by Union Rags in the Belmont Stakes (G1) last time out, Paynter will be ... Read More...

Sadler, Baffert Stocked With Talented Juveniles for Del Mar

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Trainers Bob Baffert and John Sadler appear loaded with juveniles for Del Mar. The conditioners, who split victories in the 2-year-old championship Landaluce and Hollywood Juvenile stakes on Saturday at Hollywood Park, figure to battle for prominence i... Read More...

Executiveprivilege Makes Short Work of Landaluce Rivals

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Executiveprivilege remained perfect in two career starts with a facile win in Saturday’s Landaluce Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Executiveprivilege stalked the early pace, grabbed the lead at will and pulled clear late ... Read More...

Game On Dude Seeks Third Grade 1 in Hollywood Gold Cup

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Game On Dude will seek the third Grade 1 victory of his career in the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. Scheduled for 1 ¼ miles over Cushion Track, the Gold Cup is a “Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In’’ race. The ... Read More...

Blueskiesnrainbows Wires Swaps Stakes Field

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Blueskiesnrainbows, who earned his maiden victory against $30,000 claimers last Dec. 11, became a graded stakes winner Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park. Giving jockey Joe Talamo his second consecutive win in the Grade 2, $150,000 Swaps Stakes, the En... Read More...

Game on Dude Assigned Top Weight for Gold Cup

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Game On Dude, an easy winner of the Californian (G2) June 2, was assigned top weight of 124 pounds for the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup. A Grade I at 1 ¼ miles over Cushion Track, the Gold Cup will be run for the 73rd time Saturday at Betfair Hollywood... Read More...

Game on Dude, New Husband Have Sutherland Smiling

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Many things in Chantal Sutherland’s  life have changed recently—a new husband and agent for example. But it is multiple Grade 1 winner Game On Dude who remains the anchor of  Sutherland’s professional life. The Awesome Again gelding’s vic... Read More...

Showdown Looms in Grade 1 Vanity Handicap

Two Grade 1 winners and one Grade 2 winner will do battle come Saturday June 16 at BetFair Hollywood Park for the Vanity Handicap (G1). It’s a race that has seen stellar female horses win over the last decade. Winners include Blind Luck (2011), three-time... Read More...

Sutherland Guides Game on Dude to Impressive Score

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
In his first start since a forgettable trip to the United Arab Emirates, Game On Dude responded with a record performance in the Californian Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. In front of an on-track crowd that included part owner Joe Torre, the 5-yea... Read More...

Chantal Sutherland and Game on Dude in Hollywood Spotlight

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Game On Dude and jockey Chantal Sutherland headline today’s Californian Stakes (G2) at Betfair Hollywood Park. The horse and rider make their first start back since a forgettable trip to the United Arab Emirates for the Dubai World Cup in March. The ... Read More...

Contested Uncontested in Acorn Stakes

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Contested earned her first Grade 1 victory in front-running fashion Monday afternoon at Belmont Park, leading at every call in the 82nd running of the $300,000 Acorn Stakes. Breaking from the rail, Contested dashed to an uncontested lead, opening up th... Read More...

Roman Threat Rolls in Los Angeles Handicap

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Roman Threat went gate-to-wire in the Los Angeles Handicap (G3) at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday for his second victory in three starts. A 4-year-old gelded son of Roman Ruler, the 9-10 favorite is owned by breeders Patti and Hal J. Earnhardt III. R... Read More...

Paynter Works a Fast Five Furlongs for Belmont Stakes

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Zayat Stables’ Belmont Stakes hopeful Paynter drilled five furlongs over the Belmont Park training track Sunday morning in preparation for the Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 9. Paynter covered the distance under exercise rider Simon Harris in 59.26, the... Read More...

I’ll Have Another Wins Preakness to Keep Triple Crown Hopes Alive

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
I’ll Have Another ran down a tenacious Bodemeister in the 137th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive. In an exciting rematch of the Kentucky Derby, I’ll Have Another, owned by Reddam Racing, ... Read More...