11/20/2012 3:12PM

Hollywood Park: Baffert takes four shots at Hollywood Prevue

Barbara D. Livingston
Super Ninety Nine, who was scratched from the BC Juvenile Sprint, returns in Thursday’s Hollywood Prevue.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Bob Baffert has won the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue a record five times. That number is likely to increase Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Baffert entered four of the five runners in the seven-furlong stakes for 2-year-olds, race 1 on a Thanksgiving Day program that starts at 11 a.m. Pacific.

All four Baffert runners enter the $100,000 stakes off a maiden win, including well-regarded Super Ninety Nine, the 7-5 favorite. He scratched from the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint on Nov. 2 after he was cast in his stall, setting the tone for Baffert’s forgettable Breeders’ Cup.

“That started my bad weekend,” Baffert said. “I blame him.”

Following the scratch of Super Ninety Nine, Baffert’s nine Breeders’ Cup starters produced just one in-the-money finish. Executiveprivilege ran second in the Juvenile Fillies.

It was back to the drawing board for Baffert and Super Ninety Nine, who missed only three days of training.

“Mostly, he was just skinned up,” Baffert said.

Super Ninety Nine has started once, an Oct. 7 win that earned an 85 Beyer Speed Figure. The runner-up that day was Baffert-trained Shakin It Up, who won next out and also was entered in the Prevue.

Shakin It Up is the 8-5 second choice in the Prevue, with a closing style that complements the front-running favorite. Shakin It Up earned an 86 Beyer winning his second start.

Z Big Apple and Really Mr Greely complete the Baffert quartet. Z Big Apple overcame traffic to win his debut more impressively than the 74 Beyer suggests.

“He broke slow; he needs to be on the lead,” Baffert said. “He’s fast, he’s worked well, and he’s a big, strong horse.”

Really Mr Greely won his second career start, a $100,000 maiden claimer, by more than seven lengths Nov. 4. The four Baffert runners start as separate wagering interests.

“They are all nice horses, and we’ll find out more as we take steps,” Baffert said. “It’s a prep for the CashCall Futurity” on Dec. 15.

The only entrant not trained by Baffert is the filly Heir Kitty, trained by Peter Miller. The Prevue will not be her first try against colts. She won her debut in July and then finished second behind the colt Know More in the Grade 2 Best Pal at Del Mar before a fifth in the Del Mar Debutante.

“We just gave her a break,” Miller said.

Why run against colts again?

“There was really no other spot to come back in,” he said. “On her best day, she stacks up, and she is training well.”