05/29/2012 3:17PM

Belmont Park notes: Bafferts enjoy un-Contested victory

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Barbara D. Livingston
Contested scores a gate-to-wire victory in the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park.

Trainer Bob Baffert said he also will take his time before figuring out what to do next with Contested, who went gate to wire on an uncontested lead to win Monday’s Grade 1 Acorn for 3-year-old fillies. Contested is owned by Jill Baffert, Bob’s wife.

“We’re not used to owning horses that good,” Bob Baffert said Tuesday from California. “We’re used to buying horses for $100,000 and selling them for $5,000.”

Contested, a daughter of Ghostzapper, has now won four consecutive races, ranging in distance from six furlongs to a mile.

Baffert could decide to leave Contested in New York and try the Grade 1 Mother Goose at 1 1/16 miles on June 23. Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can is pointing to that race. Or he could wait until Saratoga where the Prioress and Test, Grade 1 races at six and seven furlongs, respectively, will be run.

Baffert said he would wait to consider his options until he saw Contested next week when he comes in to run Paynter in the Belmont Stakes.

Zo Impressive, the Acorn runner-up, is being pointed to the Mother Goose, according to trainer Tom Albertrani.

Better Lucky likely staying on turf

Albertrani won the Grade 2 Sands Point for the third time in five years when Better Lucky held off Regalo Mia by a nose Monday. At least the purse was $50,000 higher this year than when he saddled his previous two winners.

Albertrani said Better Lucky would likely stay on the turf for the foreseeable future, with races like the Lake George on July 25 and Lake Placid on Aug. 19 as likely targets. If he wants a spot before then, Monmouth Park hosts the Grade 3, $100,000 Boiling Springs on June 23.

Buffum possible for Suburban

The race before the Sands Point, Albertrani sent out Buffum to an eight-length victory in a second-level allowance race. In his first start since being disqualified from a victory in a similar spot as this last September, Buffum ran a mile in 1:34.34 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 105.

“He was training well, it was exactly what I was hoping to see,” Albertrani said. “I thought once he got to the front off those fractions he’d last by a length or so. At the eight pole, he had another gear and opened up.”

Albertrani said Buffum came out of the race in excellent shape and would be under consideration for the Suburban on July 7.

Gee More than 1 year ago
Buffum was eased an ran 1:34 an1. Look out Shack here comes Buffum
Ian Broomfield More than 1 year ago
I wonder if Jill pays full pop day rate or takes her training bills out in trade,,,,,,,,,,,lolllllllllll
Gee More than 1 year ago
the horse gets left overs. Worth every penny. Best 3 yr old filly i'd say, time to go after Believe u can.
Bob Rose More than 1 year ago
Enjoy watching her. No longevity in his horses. You usually get to see how good they are, then watch them disintegrate before your eyes. The five eights in 57 works gain the reporters attention...and Lord he loves that attention. I wish her well, but she has a HUGE ego to carry from here on out. One word of advice to 'Contested', when you hear baffert yelling 'Faster' to your exercise rider during a work, over his walkie talkie, ignore it and continue on at whatever pace that makes you comfortable. That way you might even get to race as a 4 y.o.