Tags ‘Bob Baffert’

Governor Charlie Sets Track Record in Sunland Derby Win

Michael Compton | 4 years 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 | 4 years 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 | 4 years 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 | 4 years 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 | 4 years 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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...

I’ll Have Another and Bodemeister Clash Again in Preakness

Michael Compton | 5 years ago
I’ll Have Another and Bodemeister, the top two finishers in the Kentucky Derby (G1) just two weeks ago, headline an 11-horse field in today’s Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course. The last time they met, Bodemeister set one of the f... Read More...

Bodemeister Pays First Visit to Pimlico’s Main Track

Michael Compton | 5 years ago
Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Bodemeister made his first visit to the main track at Pimlico on Thursday, galloping 1 ½ miles under exercise rider George Alvarez. “He was not looking around. He was all business out there,” Alvarez said of the colt ... Read More...

Mamma Kimbo Headlines Black Eyed Susan Stakes

Michael Compton | 5 years ago
Mamma Kimbo, impressive winner of the Fantasy Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park last time out, tops Friday’s 88th running of the $300,000 Black Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico. Listed as the 7-5 morning line favorite, Mamma Kimbo is unbeaten in her two career... Read More...

Bodemeister A ‘Go’ for Preakness Stakes

Michael Compton | 5 years ago
Trainer Bob Baffert on Monday declared Bodemeister definite for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course. “He looks good, his coat is good and he is eating well,” Baffert said after the colt completed his Monday morning  gallop at... Read More...

Went the Day Well Enjoys Easy Jog at Fair Hill Training Center

Michael Compton | 5 years ago
Team Valor and Mark Ford’s Went the Day Well relished his Wednesday morning exercise at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md. “He walked and was turned out in the round pen and went out for a jog,” said trainer Graham Motion, noting his pleasu... Read More...

Went the Day Well Enjoys Easy Jog at Fair Hill Training Center

Michael Compton | 5 years ago
Team Valor and Mark Ford’s Went the Day Well relished his Wednesday morning exercise at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md. “He walked and was turned out in the round pen and went out for a jog,” said trainer Graham Motion, noting his pleasu... Read More...

Contested Sets Stakes Record in Eight Belles at Churchill Downs

Michael Compton | 5 years ago
Contested set a new stakes record in winning the Eight Belles Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Oaks undercard on Friday. Owned by Jill Baffert, Contested covered seven furlongs in 1:21.19, eclipsing the previous stakes record of 1:21.97 s... Read More...

Bodemeister’s Drill Pleases Baffert

Michael Compton | 5 years ago
Bodemeister turned in his final Kentucky Derby breeze on Sunday at Churchill Downs, traveling five furlongs over a muddy track in :59.60. Ridden by Martin Garcia, the Zayat Stable-owned son of Empire Maker worked in company with stablemate Jemima’s P... Read More...

Baffert Pleased With Bodemeister’s Work on Tuesday

Michael Compton | 5 years ago
Bodemeister worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 on Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs much to the delight of trainer Bob Baffert. Owned by Zayat Stables, the Arkansas Derby (G1) victor worked in company with stablemate and Kentucky Oaks (G1) candidate Jemi... Read More...

Princess Arabella injury actually highlights strength of Oaks

The Bob Baffert-trained Sunland Park Oaks winner Princess Arabella, it was announced today, was retired with a tendon injury. A  New York Times expose from March 25 about breakdowns/injuries and the state of the racing industry highlighted Ruidoso Dow... Read More...

Princess Arabella Out of Kentucky Oaks

Michael Compton | 5 years ago
Undefeated Princess Arabella has suffered a soft tissue injury and has been retired from racing. The Peachtree Stable colorbearer was expected to be among the favorites for the Kentucky Oaks (G1) in two weeks at Churchill Downs. Princess Arabella was p... Read More...

Zayat, Baffert, and the Unbridled sire line of Bodemeister

Ahmed Zayat got into the business in 2005, and in 2006 he made the splashy $4.6 million yearling purchase later named Maimonides. A son of the ultra talented Seattle Slew 2-year-old Vindication,  Maimonides was trained by Bob Baffert to win one of two... Read More...

Mike Smith to Stick with Bodemeister in Kentucky Derby

Jockey Garrett Gomez will ride Daddy Nose Best  in the Kentucky Derby on May 5, agent Tony Matos said Sunday, according to Santa Anita Publicity, and not surprisingly, Mike Smith will stick with Bodemeister. That breaking news shortly before noon free... Read More...

Bodemeister Dominates Arkansas Derby Foes

Zayat Stables’ Bodemeister turned in an impressive performance in wiring the field in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park and stamped his ticket to the Kentucky Derby (G1) in the process. Ridden by Mike Smith, Bodemeister assu... Read More...