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Hollywood Park: Baffert takes four shots at Hollywood Prevue
By Brad Free
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.”
Its all Shake it up Bob!!
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?
They should cancel this race or make it a non betting race. Ive never seen a race where 1 trainer has 4 out of the 5 horses in the race. What a sad state of racing in California.
He blames a two year old horse...
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.
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.
0 for nine on Breeders cup day. 1 for 4 in the Prevue.
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
Sounds like the racing secretary asked him to enter more to make the race go....
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.
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