Updated on 09/17/2011 10:09AM

Baffert buys Senor Swinger

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Bob Baffert adds to his arsenal on Monday by acquiring Senor Swinger in a private purchase for owners Bob and Beverly Lewis for approximately $1 million.

Last year, trainer Bob Baffert ran out of top 3-year-olds in the weeks preceding the Kentucky Derby. He went out and purchased War Emblem for The Thoroughbred Corp. following the colt's victory in the Illinois Derby, and one month later War Emblem wore the roses.

Baffert has prospects Kafwain, Domestic Dispute, and During this year, but he added to his arsenal on Monday by acquiring Senor Swinger in a private purchase for owners Bob and Beverly Lewis for approximately $1 million.

Senor Swinger, who won the first two starts of his career and then was fifth most recently in the Florida Derby for trainer Mickey Goldfine, had been training at Hawthorne Race Course since last week. Baffert flew to Chicago on Sunday, saw the colt train Monday, and finalized the deal. Baffert flew back to California on Monday afternoon, but before doing so confirmed by phone that he was in Chicago completing the deal for Senor Swinger.

Goldfine, reached at his home, said it was his understanding Senor Swinger would be flown to California on Wednesday.

Bob Ackerman, who owns Senor Swinger with Barry Golden, said he decided to sell Senor Swinger because "we're not billionaire businessmen.

"It's my dream to win the Derby, but it's also my dream to send my kids to college and pay my mortgage," Ackerman said from his home in Las Vegas. "This is the responsible thing to do."

Interest from Baffert had picked up over the weekend, when agent Don Brauer, who was instrumental in brokering the sale of War Emblem last year, contacted Ackerman.

The Lewises last week had to retire their outstanding 3-year-old filly Composure because of a fractured sesamoid bone.