11/20/2012 3:12PM

Hollywood Park: Baffert takes four shots at Hollywood Prevue

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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.”

Ollie A. AkBear More than 1 year ago
Its all Shake it up Bob!!
mfunicello More than 1 year ago
The ONLY way to solve the small field problems in California are to not let trainers on the grounds if they wont run their horses. Too many wont run unless everything is perfect and it really sucks for the bettors. Also, stop letting Los Al run anything except quarter horse races. If they can't field enough of those races they should close. Why not run 5K claimers at Hollywood?
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
I agree that a lower claiming ceiling might help, but the purses would have to reflect the expense involved with racing in So. Cal. However, horses running horse that don't belong or are not fit and ready to race would have a negative result. Nothing worse than seeing your horse run completely off form just for the sake of racing. How many time have you wanted to scream" why didn't they just leave that thing in the barn?" that
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
He blames a two year old horse...
PeterG More than 1 year ago
Here's an article called "The Chemical Horse" http://www.horsefund.org/the-chemical-horse-part-9.php The writer provides footnotes throughout the article showing where she got her information. About half way down there is a chart showing the following, Frequency of drug violations for horses of the top-earning trainers in the United States (2010) Bob Baffert is 3rd on the list with a drug violation every 465 starters. That info came from the New York Times in 2010. I'm posting this for Barbara Bowen below the biggest Bob Baffert apologist on this site. Or anybody else who thinks Baffert is clean.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Peter,if those were serious violations he would be punished like everyone else. There is no great conspiracy to protect Bob Baffert.You sound quite foollish. Similar to those here who swear there is a jockey conspiracy or any of the others looking to make sense out of loss. Is being late for work the same as showing up at lunch?No. You should find something else to do with your timeand stop your little witch hunt or personal crusade against successful people. What's next re-distribute all earnings of top trainers to those at the bottom?
Ronald George More than 1 year ago
Big Jeff- The last line of your comment, "re-distribute all earnings of top trainers to those at the bottom" should get you a Cabinet appointment with the current administration.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Re-read. I am a conservative.
Ronald George More than 1 year ago
Same here, brother. Like you, I'm a big fan of the successful! I was just being sarcastic. It would have been better if I had put a "smiley face" at the end. :)
B More than 1 year ago
So much hatred for Baffert. Reminds me of Lukas in his heyday. People really don't like it when trainers become TOO famous. Switch those bad feelings to those who deserve it like Dick Dutrow, a man who should be removed from the sport despite his talent. Talent has weight though. If it didn't, Patrick Valenzuela would been long gone a number of years ago.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
0 for nine on Breeders cup day. 1 for 4 in the Prevue.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
The Breeder's Cup is a very tough day of racing. He has had other poor days at the Cup also. Richard Mandella won FOUR Cup races in one day. So what IS your point?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This race sucks! Calracing needs to wake up. I don't see why other trainers weren't opting to put runners in. There are plenty of 2 years old at standing in barns at Hollywood and SA. The only way this race won't suck, if Peter beats all Bob's horses w/ a filly. Sick of seeing small fields designed for Baffert's elite. I don't care if you have to throw in a 12.5 claimer or 3 in the race...do something that makes it beneficial for players, other owners and trainers beside Baffert and friends. F$$$ing joke! And quit w/ the jock excuses, Bob
JDS0810 More than 1 year ago
Sounds like the racing secretary asked him to enter more to make the race go....
PeterG More than 1 year ago
I swear to God that I thought to myself that after the Paynter fiasco (On top of Bodemeister and Secret Circle) Baffert was going to take it easy on the illegal drugs and he wasn't going to do well the rest of the year. I swear to God I thought that. I was considering betting against his horses in every stakes race but I didn't.
Barbara Bowen More than 1 year ago
Peter, Baffert is in the business of pushing young horses to get to and win the Classics. It is what makes stallions and returns on investment for owners. That is why people who aspire to that particular glory and ROI have horses with him. It is why Bob is in the HOF. In getting there, he does have to push young horses. This may stress them and lead to injuries or illness, OR they may get injuries and illness anyway just being, you know, horses. But it does not indicate he uses "drugs." Certainly that is not the reason for Secret Circle's injury, or Bode's shoulder injury that is one that is hard to predict if he comes back 100% from (and in truth he would have been brought back but Baffert had made the colt worth too much damn money as a stallion.) The Paynter story is another deal entirely, but he was worth far too much money to be drugged to death as well. Sigh. I hope you bet against Bob on BC weekend, though.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Well said.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Barbara, Baffert did not make him a valuable stud, his reasonably good bloodlines, confirmation and natural speed did. It was not due to his Baffert induced accomplishments. He had a five month career with six starts, and one win other than maiden. Hardly something to be proud of. Interesting use of a phrase saying Paynter was worth too much to be drugged to death. I think a better phrase would be almost drugged to death. When you have little patience and want instant gratification and pressure to win, then wouldn't the use of drugs make a horse run faster and further therefore increasing his value? Even if a horse needs a different and more patient route, why push them all toward the early classics? And in doing so sacrificing long term value and best interest of horse and owner. Also why is drugs in quotes? Did you intend another meaning for the word drugs?
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Peter G, seeks outgoing conspiracy theorist with horse sense for pari-mutual friendship.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Bobby has five of the six entrants, 80% of the field. Five boys against one girl. So much to say but why bother, you can fill in your own punchline. Quite possible that one of his will run last. Will that be the story for the sacrificed horse and owner? No. The headline will be, "Baffert extends Prevue record to six wins."
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Four of the five entrants. Four against one.
Barbara Bowen More than 1 year ago
Funny how all those owners are perfectly happy to have their horses in Bob's barn, isn't it? Or maybe Mott was ll full up and couldn't fit another horse in? Or do you have nothing to say about him running three in the BC Classic? Or is that a case of the best trainer having the best horses and getting them to the best spot? The story is the lack of opportunity to race in CA. And that without Bob, the Prevue wouldn't go as a race. So he had to enter four to get a race for at least two of them, and if all four owners want to go, why should he say no? They are all savvy, long time owners except one - the one with the short favorite. Now what is the over/under on when I will learn to resist the urge to explain the obvious to haters like you?
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Without Baffert, there wouldn't be all that much for fans like myslef here in SoCal to get get excited about, at least as it concerns racing at the national level. As you wrote, without Baffert, the Prevue doesn't go, and this reflects just how thin, at the elite level, Cali racing is without Baffert.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Thank you, Barbara; well put. If Baffert has several horses ready to run in stakes, and their owners have no problem racing against each other, why shouldn't he enter them all? Now, these are inexperienced 2 year olds, and it's probable that more than one of them will not go on to win graded stakes. But it's hard to knock their record so far, so give it a try. And shout out to Miller as well for running his filly in what he believes is the most appropriate spot, even if it is against the boys. I just do not understand all the venom directed at Baffert. There is NO evidence that he uses illegal drugs. He had one clenbuterol positive several years ago that I know of, and that's it. And clenbuterol is not an illegal drug. I love to watch Baffert's horses win - never gets old for me. Why hate so much on someone just because he's successful?
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Other positives that don't show on the record. Had a positive for morphine. Fought it in federal court for five years, until he got a favorable ruling on a well planned technicality forcing the board to throw it out. If you have the money, you do that. These do not show on the records. Remember when O'Neil was taking I'll Have Another through the triple crown and all the talk was about his violations? What the press for the most part failed to say was that Baffert had more violations than O'Neil according the Sports Illustrated.