Tags ‘Bob Baffert’

Paynter Installed as Morning-Line Favorite for Haskell Invitational

Michael Compton | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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...

Plum Pretty Cruises in Apple Blossom

Plum Pretty made a victorious return for Peachtree Stable and trainer Bob Baffert on Friday, cruising to a 2 1/4-length score in the Apple Blossom Handicap  (G1) at Oaklawn Park. The 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro broke a step slow under ... Read More...

Mamma Kimbo Wires Fantasy Foes

Peachtree’s Stable’s Mamma Kimbo likely stamped her ticket to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) with a wire-to-wire score in Wednesday’s Fantasy Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park. The 3-year-old daughter of Discreet Cat won her debut at Santa Anita in impressive ... Read More...

Creative Cause Headlines Santa Anita Derby

With the upset of Union Rags last weekend in the Grade 1 Florida Derby, many racing pundits including myself have Creative Cause as the #1 contender heading into the Kentucky Derby next month. There is one more obstacle in the way of the gray Giant’s... Read More...

Dubai World Cup Posts Drawn on Wednesday

Post positions were drawn on Wednesday for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1) at Meydan in the United Arab Emirates. Likely race favorite So You Think drew post No. 4, while U.S. invaders Royal Delta and Game on Dude, drew posts No. 7 and No. 14,... Read More...

Bob Baffert Suffers Heart Attack

According to Santa Anita Publicity, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sustained a heart attack in Dubai on Monday that required coronary stints to remove cardiac blockage. “We’re all very concerned about Bob’s health and we’re glad to hear that ... Read More...

Dubai World Cup Races Drawn

Post positions were drawn on Monday for eight of the nine races on the Dubai World Cup card at Meydan. In the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-G1), contested at about six furlongs, George Bolton and Fog City Stables’ The Factor drew post position... Read More...

Herd Mentality for Bodemeister

Bob Baffert received an unexpected benefit for Bodemeister Friday morning when the San Felipe Stakes runner-up worked in company with Splendid Fortune. According to the Santa Anita stable notes from Friday, the two were part of a pack of 10 that went o... Read More...

Rebel Stakes recap

2012 Triple Crown | 3 years ago
Jon and Joel discuss three key races from the weekend, including the Rebel Stakes (G2). Which of the 3 winners – Secret Circle, Gemologist and Street Life – move up the TCI Top 10? You may be surprised. Read More...

Baffert Stakes Claim to Rebel

Pay attention when trainer Bob Baffert ships a runner to Oaklawn Park for the Rebel Stakes (G2). On Saturday, Secret Circle made it three straight Rebel Stakes scores for the California-based conditioner. He also won the Rebel with Lookin at Lucky in 2... Read More...

Busted Bracket? There’s Always Horse Racing

Not much in sports compares to the tantalizing drama and genuine excitement of the NCAA basketball tournament, better known as March Madness. With all of the upsets of high seeds so early in this year’s tournament, chances are that many brackets are ... Read More...

Secret Circle and Sabercat to meet in Rebel

Secret Circle, winner of a division of the Southwest Stakes (G3) on Feb. 20, returns to Oaklawn Park for Saturday’s $500,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) to face a competitive group of 3-year-olds, including highly regarded Sabercat (G3). Read More...

Fed Biz to Miss San Felipe

Baffert to send out Liaison and Bodemeister in $300,000 grade 2 event Trainer Bob Baffert will send out Liaison and Bodemeister in Saturday’s $300,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita. Baffert, who has saddled the winners of nine Triple Crown ra... Read More...

Hansen Back on Track with Gotham Win

It only took one race for the reigning two year old champ to get back to the winner’s circle. After posting three straight wins as a two year old including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Hansen started his three year old campaign with a distant 2nd... Read More...

Eden’s Moon Powers to Las Virgenes Win

Bridlewood Farm-bred 3-year-old filly notches Grade 1 victory; connections eye Kentucky Oaks. Florida-bred Eden’s Moon made the transition from  maiden ranks to Grade 1 winner look easy on Saturday as she powered to a 3 ¼-length victory in the Las ... Read More...

Eden’s Moon powers to Las Virgenes score

Michael Compton | 3 years ago
Eden’s Moon made the transition from maiden ranks to Grade 1 winner look easy on Saturday as the daughter of Malibu Moon powered to a 3 ¼-length victory in the Las Virgenes Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita. Read More...

Gotham Stakes preview

2012 Triple Crown | 3 years ago
Jon & Joel talk about the recent attrition on the Kentucky Derby trial, and bring in Brisnet’s Ed DeRosa to help break down Saturday’s Gotham Stakes. Read More...

The Factor rolls in San Carlos

Michael Compton | 3 years ago
By MICHAEL COMPTON Every athlete or sports team gets on a roll. Momentum works in horse racing as well. Trainer Bob Baffert is proof. Read More...

The Factor Rolls in San Carlos

Photo courtesy of Santa Anita/Benoit photo Trainer Bob Baffert continues his stakes dominance with The Factor at Santa Anita Every athlete or sports team gets on a roll. Momentum works in horse racing as well. Trainer Bob Baffert is proof. The veteran ... Read More...

Let’s Get Serious

2012 Triple Crown | 3 years ago
Jon & Joel preview a serious weekend of Kentucky Derby preps, headlined by Sunday’s Fountain of Youth. The guys discuss what to expect from early Derby fave Union Rags in his seasonal debut, along with the Pletcher duo – Algorithms and Discreet Dancer. They talk El Padrino, the rest of the Risen Star cast and […] Read More...