05/13/2012 4:25PM

Hollywood Park: Baffert reportedly will no longer give mounts to Garcia

Shigeki Kikkawa
Martin Garcia won three races for trainer Bob Baffert on Saturday, but that may be the end of their relationship.

Drill won Saturday's Laz Barrera Stakes while  ridden by jockey Martin Garcia, who was aboard three winners for Baffert on Saturday at Hollywood Park. But it appears it will be the last time they team together in the immediate future.

Baffert told the Paulick Report website on Sunday that he no longer intends to ride Garcia because the rider did not appear for morning workouts last week and that Garcia said he wants to take mounts for other stables.

Garcia declined to comment between races on Sunday. His agent, Jim Pegram, would not elaborate on the dispute.

 “We won three races for him on Saturday,” Pegram said. “I don’t want to comment. I don’t really have anything to say. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Garcia has ridden nine stakes winners for Baffert this year, including Eden’s Moon in the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita in March.

Garcia rode the Baffert-trained Ellafitz to two stakes wins at Santa Anita earlier this year.

Ellafitz starts in the $150,000 Marjorie Everett Handicap at Hollywood Park next Saturday, and will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano, another rider who frequently works horses and rides for Baffert.

Sunday at Hollywood Park, jockey Martin Pedroza was booked to ride the Baffert-trained Ranchero, a 5-year-old horse whom Garcia rode to a maiden win in his last start.