10/14/2012 4:22PM

Breeders' Cup Sprint: Baffert unveils surprise candidate in Fast Bullet

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Breeders' Cup Classic contender Game On Dude, shown winning the Awesome Again, worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds on Sunday.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has a growing list of Breeders’ Cup candidates.

Sunday at Santa Anita, Baffert worked several notable prospects for the Breeders’ Cup races on Nov. 2-3, including Game On Dude, the likely favorite for the BC Classic, and the highly-promising 2-year-old Power Broker, a leading candidate for the BC Juvenile.

Baffert may have a surprise starter for the BC Sprint in Fast Bullet, a 4-year-old colt who has not raced since last November.

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Sunday, Fast Bullet worked six furlongs in 1:11.40 from the gate, the fastest of 24 works at the distance.

“He could be an option for the Sprint the way he worked,” Baffert said. “He’s fast.”

Owned by Zayat Racing, Fast Bullet has worked quickly in recent weeks, first at Betfair Hollywood Park and more recently at Santa Anita. He is unbeaten in two starts, a maiden race and an allowance race.

Baffert also has Coil and Capital Account, the first two finishers of the Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Oct. 6, as candidates for the BC Sprint.

Game On Dude breezed five furlongs in 59.60 seconds on Sunday, his first workout since winning the Awesome Again Stakes here on Sept. 29.

“Everything is on schedule if we don’t have any bumps,” Baffert said. “He looks good. He’s holding his form.”

Power Broker won for the first time in the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes on Sept. 29, his fourth career start. After finishing fourth and third in maiden races at Del Mar, Power Broke was second in his stakes debut, the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf at Del Mar on Sept. 5.

Sunday’s workout was his first since the FrontRunner.

“He looked very nice,” Baffert said of Power Broker. “He’s been doing well. He’s improving, which is a good sign.”

Fed Biz, who won the El Cajon Stakes for Baffert on Aug. 31 but was third in the Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park on Oct. 6, could start in the BC Dirt Mile.

Baffert said the $100,000 Damascus Stakes for 3-year-olds over seven furlongs on Nov. 3 is another possibility.

chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
This Bullet is just there for a rabbit. Ought to be disallowed.
Rick Hulce More than 1 year ago
If Team Valor, Barry Irwin and Graham Motion did this they'd be getting nothing but praise within the industry. Best of luck Bob Baffert and Mr. Zayat with this ambitious plan. I'm hoping that all of the 30% trainers in California follow suit and submit themselves to the BC testing scrutiny and security issues.
Chas More than 1 year ago
For all of you pointing a finger at just Baffert for 'possibly' starting Fast Bullet, remember who the owner is - Zayat! Baffert only care about winning G1's even at the expense of the horse..look at how many Baffert trained horses do not race pass 3! Baffert takes lightly raced, but, talented young horses and buries them by running them into the ground - Paynter & Brodemeister are examples...And look at the horses that Zayat has had and runs them also lightly raced into the ground by running G1's to early...Zayat is so full of it with his'caring' comments on Paynter...All Zayat cares about is getting the G1's and increasing the horses value at stud...Neither cares about developing a 'true thoroughbred' who can see about placing himself(the horse) in the company of racings elite horses who accomplished more than a G1 or a couple of GS 'W's in their 3-yr. old year and were sent off to stud...
alan levy More than 1 year ago
ridiculous accusations, see midnight Lute, Game on Dude, Richard's Kid etc,etc.obviously Chas is a loser who never bets on Baffert who wins over 30%, if you consider he runs multiple horses in many races.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
AGREED!!!! .... Chas has no "Horse Cents"
Chas More than 1 year ago
Great comment...Agreeing with a clueless wonder like Alan Levy who didn't understand the point I was trying to make...Perhaps you should get some 'horse cents' and common sense before popping off also...
Chas More than 1 year ago
The horses you mentioned were NOT 2-yr. olds starting out in Baffert's barn who in turn became 3-yr. olds that he Baffert has 'burned out'...Midnight Lute was a late developing horse who took off at 4 and 5, but, was under Baffert's care at 2 and 3 and ailments...Game on Dude & Richard's Kid were purchased during their racing careers, Dude at 3-yr. after another trainer put in a foundation in him and Kid was acquired at 4...You, Alan Levy, missed my entire point which makes a clueless wonder who should understand the point before popping off...And for the record, 'if I am a loser who never bets on Baffert' then the next time I CASH ANOTHER WINNING BET on Baffert's horses let me know where to send the picture!!!!!
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Hey Chas, this a forum where opinions are stated and not always agreed with. And that's okay. It's part what makes it what it is. Racing fans seldom have a place to share their views and passion for the sport. (I'm sure you are familiar with the glassed over look people get in their eyes when you start to talk to someone who is not a fan). Brashness and name calling will definately detact from any credibility your statement might otherwise have. My advise to you is to enjoy your time here and have a thicker skin when postig or reading. I hope this has been of some help to you. Look forward to more of your insight and best of luck in the future(Baffert or no Baffert)
Jim Tully More than 1 year ago
Better to burn hot and brilliant for a moment than dimly for a length of time, I say. Would you rather have owned Bodemeister or Perfect Drift?
Chas More than 1 year ago
Bodemeister could have had a big career, but, when owners only care about $$$ the horses lose...read Andrew Beyers column about the U.S. lacking Big Time Star horses and see if you feel the same...And to me, I would take either one of the horses you mentioned, nothing wrong with Perfect Drift, just look at his career...
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Chas! HURRY UP and BUY and horse already!! :-)) I'm waiting to take pot shots at your from my Monday Morning QB armchair! ;-))
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
I'm sure that's what Bob has tried to convince Jill of for a long time. Bode had a 4 month career with 2 wins. Kind of the same thing.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Chas! HURRY UP and BUY a horse already!! :-)) I'm waiting to take pot shots at your from my Monday Morning QB armchair!
John Dutchy More than 1 year ago
You are a joke
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
If a horse can win a race of this magnitude off only two starts it would be in a sprint where raw speed can dominate an make up for inexperience. If ,in fact, he is a stalker or closer type the experience means the world. That being said, if anyone can pull thi off it would be Baffert. Another ineresting point here, is that no one is mentioning Jimmy Creed who has had only three starts for Ricard Mandella, another top horseman in his own right who is famously conservative, has just been made a probable starter. It seems ther are many who just like to bash Baffert for anything and everything. A talented sprinter can run with the best and wina G1 with minnimal experience It's been many times in the past. It's just common Horse Sense.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Blah, blah, this is just so Zayat gets a good seat in the clubhouse, and bobby loves putting as many in as possible. If you decide to bet this horse, let me know and I'll book it.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
I Didn't say I would bet it. I suppose Mr. Hughes needs tickets too. Gonna go out on a limb and say they can probably sit where they want. You should also go back and read your reply to Ed Bullens........ Can't you read? You make no "cents"
ChristinaA More than 1 year ago
It would be a miracle if Fast Bullet won. He's inexperienced, having raced only two times in his career, and he hasn't raced in a year, so chances are likely that in his first race back he'll race a little greenly. His first race back shouldn't be the Sprint, especially since he's outclassed. And I personally just don't like Bob Baffert, which just adds further ammunition to my opinion that his decision to support Fast Bullet's entry in the Sprint in incredibly stupid.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Christina - Your honesty is refreshing. I'm assuming that you know a thing or two about training horses. I'm fairly willing to be that IF and when the Martians come to earth looking for the top 5 thoroughbred trains on this planet, chances are Baffert might be one of them. "Incredibly stupid" applied to me (who doesn't train horses) can't possibly be the same when it applies to Baffert who is one of the foremost esperts on getting horses ready for a huge dance. That being said, your honesty about disliking Baffert and it affecting your opinion (in this case) is refreshing. Ciao!
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Christina - Your honesty is refreshing. I'm assuming that you know a thing or two about training horses. I'm fairly willing to bet that IF and when the Martians come to earth looking for the top 5 thoroughbred trainers on this planet, chances are Baffert might be one of them. "Incredibly stupid" applied to me (who doesn't train horses) can't possibly be the same when it applies to Baffert who is one of the foremost esperts on getting horses ready for a huge dance. That being said, your honesty about disliking Baffert and it affecting your opinion (in this case) is refreshing. Ciao!
Joseph More than 1 year ago
Agreed, christinaA at least has more balls than ever so many commenters to come out and admit and back up her opinion and what she is saying.
Jim Tully More than 1 year ago
How dare Baffert start a horse with two lifetime starts in the BC sprint. It's not like he has any idea the kind of performance it takes to win this race or has ever trained a champion sprinter. How can he possibly get a horse ready off just workouts to win the BC Sprint!! It's been at least four years since anyone did that.
Chris Walsh More than 1 year ago
Jim, have ever heard of this horse? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_Lute An injury kept him away from the races for most of the 2008 season. In his first start of the year, he finished 10th in the Pat O'Brien Handicap at Del Mar Racetrack. His second start was the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita Park on October 25. He finished the six-furlong race in a final time of 1:07:08 on a fast track. Fatal Bullet ran second, with Street Boss third. With that win, Midnight Lute became the first horse to repeat in the Breeders' Cup Sprint 2007 Eclipse Award Winner
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Not a good comparison. Midnight Lute was a very accomplished horse in 07 and winning the sprint in 07 before going to the sidlines with injury for most of 08. He didn't just train up to the race but also had a prep prior to winning the sprint in 08. Not even close to being the same.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Chris you are right. But I think Jim was being sarcastic. If anyone can do this it's BB
alan levy More than 1 year ago
another moron, see Midnight Lute, and even Thirty Slews. What was Midnight Lute a claimer. Know your facts before you open that thing below your lip
Jim Tully More than 1 year ago
Don't know sarcasm when you read it, huh? Is it painful to simultaneouslyhave your foot in your mouth while your head is up your arse?
Jim Tully More than 1 year ago
Of course I was being sarcastic. While there's not a chance in hell this horse will see a dime of my money at the window, of all trainers Baffert would know how talented and fita horse must be to win this race. As a former quarter horse trainer he knows how to build speed off works alone, hence was no coincidence that his first BC win was in the Sprint with Thirty Slews. As for Midnight Lute, he finished ul the track in his "prep" having thrown a shoe or grabbed a quarter, I forget which. I doubt he got anything out of the race and so Bob just regrouped and got him ready with hard, fast works. One thing about Baffert, he's never been afraid to work his horses hard. Think of how many times he runs one-two when he has two entries. My point is, he's trained three winners of this race and has two others in his barn that are running in the Sprint. He has a frame of reference and comparison.
alan levy More than 1 year ago
he runs him, you lose, like usual I'm sure.
AZ Wildcat More than 1 year ago
I guess the repliers below don't know anything about sarcasm...
Dan Cronin More than 1 year ago
Its about time a California trainer supports the BC. Every trainer is pulling their horses out and hiding them ala Acclamation, Winding Way, etc etc the list is long. If SA and Cal trainers want the BC their they need to support it and run their horses in it. Someone get the memo to Carla Gaines, Mike Mitchell, John Sadler and many others. Good Job BB
Steve More than 1 year ago
WInding Way just came in dead last at Santa Anita. Can you blame her for not entering Winding Way back??
JDS0810 More than 1 year ago
This is pretty much the most idiotic post I have ever read? CA trainers don't support the BC in their own backyard???? Really? Yeah, I am sure they would pass up the opportunity at big $$$ just to not support the BC. Ludicrous...
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
No mention of the audacity and ego of running a horse in a Breeders Cup race with only two lifetime starts and who hasn't started in a year? Just Baffert throws another horse at the Breeders Cup wall to see what sticks.
Ed Bullens More than 1 year ago
Why the jab at Baffert? Where did HE say he was entering this horse in the Breeder's Cup?
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the unnecessary capitalization. Can't you read? It doesn't say he was entering the horse, the article says he is a candidate to be entered meaning that Baffert is giving this horse serious consideration for the race along with the other two he most likely will enter. My post stands as a response and opinion to that. I can't believe I have to explain these things.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
WHAAAAAAAAAAAA:(
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
I've long suspected you were about twelve years old.
Robert Smith More than 1 year ago
LOL does that mean you can take the jab back IF he doesnt run in the race?
redboy More than 1 year ago
it Bobby smith Bouche.........
Steve More than 1 year ago
just like the audacity of Michael Dickinson entering a horse in a BC race that had 1 start in 2 years right?
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Great point Steve.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Wrong, not a great point as tons of fun jeff said. Under the circumstances, Dickinson pointed one horse with prior accomplishment to one event. He did not enter three in that race with the horse being a last minute thought or enter 10 on the card. He had one purpose. Baffert on the other hand has this horse as a third option candidate which is nothing more than a longshot rooting interest for Zayat.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
WHAAAAAAAAAAAAA:(
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Aways appreciate your insight and input jeffey. Isn't time for your nap?
alan levy More than 1 year ago
Whatever you got in that bowl, send me some.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
This AIN'T Da Hoss.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Audacity comes with the territory when you are as successful and talented as Bob Baffert As it does with anyone at the top levels of their sport or profession.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Unveils. Like the horse has a red cape and an s on its chest. The drf is a fine tuned hype machine
David Brandt More than 1 year ago
...you are very comical. can't stop chuckling....
Mark More than 1 year ago
As are the chances this horse wins the sprint. Chuckle on.