10/01/2016 8:49PM

Baffert's hunch with Noted and Quoted pays off in Chandelier Stakes

Benoit & Associates
Noted and Quoted, under Rafael Bejarano, rebounds from her loss in the Del Mar Debutante to take the Chandelier.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Peyton Manning was the best at calling audibles. Trainer Bob Baffert is right up there with him.

Baffert initially had planned on sending Noted and Quoted to next week’s Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland, but after a sharp workout on Tuesday morning at Santa Anita, he got to realizing he was overthinking things, and kept her at home for the Grade 1, $302,070 Chandelier Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita.

 Baffert is known for having great instincts, trusting his gut, and this new plan worked. Noted and Quoted bounced back from a fourth-place finish in the Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 3. by capturing the Chandelier and earning a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 5 at Santa Anita.

 “When she got back here,” Baffert said of Noted and Quoted, who spent the summer at Del Mar, “she trained like a different horse. I was going to go, but I changed my mind.”

 Noted and Quoted ($16.80) had to fight for the win, as With Honors – making her first start on dirt after two grass races – ran with her the whole way and battled all the way to the wire. At the finish, Noted and Quoted was best by a half-length over With Honors, who was 3 3/4 lengths in front of third-place Zapperkat.

 Champagne Room, who raced in traffic the early part of the race, was fourth and was followed, in order, by Lake Time, Bitzka, Nikki My Darling, American Cleopatra, Demigoddess, Datz a Violation, and Misstressofthenight.

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 Noted and Quoted completed 1 1/16 miles on the fast main track in 1:44.88. She has now won twice in four starts; her only prior win came against maidens in her second start at Del Mar.

Rafael Bejarano rode Noted the Quoted, a daughter of The Factor who is owned by the Speedway Stable of Peter Fluor. She was purchased earlier this year as a 2-year-old in training at Ocala Breeders’ Sales for $375,000.

 With Honors had won both her prior starts on turf. This was a test to see how she would do on dirt, and as far as trainer Keith Desormeaux was concerned, her performance merits moving on to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies -- which is on dirt -- rather than return to turf.

 “She ran awesome,” Desormeaux said. “I didn’t drill hard on her. I wish she had won, but this should put her in position to be at her best on the big day.”