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Breeders' Cup Sprint: Baffert unveils surprise candidate in Fast Bullet
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.
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.
This Bullet is just there for a rabbit. Ought to be disallowed.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Unveils. Like the horse has a red cape and an s on its chest. The drf is a fine tuned hype machine
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