Updated on 03/19/2013 10:03AM

Arkansas Derby more likely for Den's Legacy; Super Ninety Nine probable for Santa Anita Derby

Barbara D. Livingston
Super Ninety Nine, fifth as the 6-5 favorite in Saturday's Rebel, did not like the deep track at Oaklawn Park, according to trainer Bob Baffert.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Den’s Legacy, who finished third in the Rebel Stakes on Saturday, could return to Oaklawn Park next month for the Arkansas Derby, while Super Ninety Nine, who finished fifth as the 6-5 favorite, likely will head to the Santa Anita Derby, their trainer Bob Baffert, said Monday morning at Santa Anita.

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Den’s Legacy emerged from the race with an elongated scrape above his right hock, which Baffert said appeared to happen when Den’s Legacy was stepped on from behind going into the first turn. He was sent a photo of the injury by his assistant, Jim Barnes, who saddled both runners on Saturday at Oaklawn.

“He’s a tough S.O.B.,” Baffert said of Den’s Legacy, who was second in the Robert Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita in his prior start.

Super Ninety Nine had won two straight going two turns, including in the Southwest at Oaklawn, but he faded in the stretch of the Rebel.

“That track was too deep for him,” Baffert said.

Trainer Ron Ellis offered a similar excuse for Treasury Bill, who finished eighth under Joe Talamo.

"Joe said he felt like he was running in quicksand," Ellis said Monday from his barn at Betfair Hollywood Park. "It was a different track from what I've run on there in the past. I'm not complaining. It was safe. It just wasn't for him."

Ellis said Treasury Bill "came out of the race fine," but that no plans would be formulated until Treasury Bill returns from Arkansas on Wednesday. Super Ninety Nine and Den's Legacy are scheduled to be on the same flight.

Will Take Charge, the Rebel winner, completed 1 1/16 miles on a track rated fast in 1:45.18.

Gunner More than 1 year ago
So Super Ninety Nine who freaked in the mud catches a different track and dies in the stretch at 6/5 as a 27-1 shot gets up late over his stablemate in the sun-dial time of 1:45.18 for 8.5 F. Is that about it?
martymar . More than 1 year ago
how come everytime Bob Baffert horses loses he always makes an excuses. When Super Ninety Nine won last month he was a beast.
Randy Atkins More than 1 year ago
Sorry Baffert...the track at Oaklawn is never deep
Gary Peacock More than 1 year ago
Ron Ellis ... quicksand. Bob only describes how his horse reacted that day.
jttf More than 1 year ago
there were 5 santa anita horses running on rebel day. they didnt have much of a chance running on the deep track. even, my miss aurelia ran poorly. it looked like super 99 was favoring a leg after being squeezed in midstretch.
FMeatball More than 1 year ago
...... Get Better soon Den's Legacy ! 77/1 in First Pool !! xxxxx
Sam More than 1 year ago
1:45.18 on a fast track! Wow, that dirt must have been a foot deep.
Gunner More than 1 year ago
My thoughts exactly.
Sam More than 1 year ago
Den's Legacy does look legit. If Baffert can get that "scrape' cured quickly, I think he'll be very competitive in the Derby.
Sam More than 1 year ago
Elongated scrape, huh? Why do these trainers ALWAYS have an excuse when their horse comes up short. Pletcher with Violence; Baffert now with Den's Legacy;and we all know what a whiner Lucas can be at times.
Ghostzapper More than 1 year ago
Violence fractured a sesamoid... I'm not saying Pletcher can't be an excuse machine at times, but I think you singled out the wrong example here.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Really. i guess breaking a leg is just some veiled excuse.
John More than 1 year ago
I remember last year, I watched Baffert in an interview on TV, they were talking about his babies and if anyone was a Derby prospect, he didnt say alot, but mentioned one who he thought was going to be one of his best , War Academy ! This horse is short of points, but sure looked like he would run to the moon and back without taking a deep breath last Friday ! Dens Legacy is a warrior !
Sy Bonem More than 1 year ago
Everything in Calif. is counterfeit. Verranzano never raced at 2 and has faced nobody. Right now the Derby goes thru Orb, Itsmyluckyday and Ridduluc, if he can translate turf form to dirt.
Sam More than 1 year ago
How much money do you intend to lose on that trio?
Sy Bonem More than 1 year ago
Don't know yet Sam, I'm not in the business of making final decisions in March. Two things I know. First, I'm rarely wrong about Calif. horses and second you couldn't drag a son of More Than Ready 1 1/4 miles.
Perl More than 1 year ago
That's what they said about Mr. Prospector offspring. Then Fusaichi Pegasus won the Derby for fun. They said it about Distorted Humor offspring and then Funny Cide wore roses. They said it about Elusive Quality offspring...Smarty Jones. They said it about Boundary offspring...Big Brown. I agree about not making decisions in March and I don't particularly love Verrazano, but your logic is very faulty IMO. Same with the comment that the horse didn't race at two. Meaningless in this day and age. That's a streak that will get broken any time now.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
No, there hasn't been anything in California that has really impressed, but then again, not much has impressed elsewhere. And it's not like the Cali form has been shredded; Baffert 2nd and 3rd stringers won the Southwest, ran 2nd in the Risen Star, and 3rd in the Rebel, and a SoCal minor league horse won a stakes at Sunland. I will admit, that the Florida horses have looked fastest. However, the Fountain of Youth basically fell apart late, and not only was Orb having to run down a horse compromised by pace, he was running down a horse running on a fractured leg. And Orb's Beyer of 97 isn't going to scare anybody. Itsmyluckyday and Shanghai Bobby are both talented and fast, but they have distance questions and need points(if they throw a subpar race in the Florida Derby, they're done). Verrazano is also a major talent, but distance is a question as is the competition he's faced.
Julie Gregory More than 1 year ago
im sure baffert will run 4 or 5 horses out of the 6 or 8 that run in the santa anita so his chances for a derby horse there will be pretty good . if dens legacy can pick up more points then ole bob mite have 2 derby starters
Sam More than 1 year ago
Who's the other one?