11/12/2012 3:02PM

Hollywood Park notes: Baffert planning all-out attack on CashCall

Benoit & Associates
Carving, winner of the Real Quiet Stakes, is co-owned by skiing star Bode Miller.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile did not work out quite the way trainer Bob Baffert had hoped, but he’s reloading and setting his sights on the Grade 1, $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Betfair Hollywood Park on Dec. 15, in which he vows to “run as many as I can.”

“I’ll try to load the gate up,” Baffert said.

Baffert added two more possibilities last week at Hollywood Park. Carving, who bypassed the Breeders’ Cup after finishing fourth in the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes, won the Real Quiet Stakes, and the Giant’s Causeway colt War Academy was an impressive winner of his debut.

Carving’s name was inspired by his co-owner, ski great Bode Miller, who owns half the colt in partnership with Baffert’s wife, Jill. Miller was at the track Saturday for the Real Quiet, and said purchasing Carving was a process years in making.

“I met Bob a long time ago in Kentucky and we talked about getting a horse for years, but my budget is bit smaller than most,” Miller said. “We were kind of waiting to see if we could find one that he thought had potential, but I wasn’t going to break the bank for our first horse. I told him I required him to go 50-50 so I knew he wouldn’t throw me some snail.”

Carving, a son of Any Given Saturday, was purchased at auction in May for $55,000. He has now won 3 times in 4 starts, and with the $60,000 he earned in the Real Quiet, his bankroll stands at $129,900.

“This horse has really been a surprise,” Baffert said. “He shows much more in the afternoons than the morning. He gets outworked by everybody.”

By contrast, War Academy was all the rage before his first start last Friday, and he did not disappoint. He had been training with assistant Mike Marlow at Hollywood Park, where Baffert keeps his overflow horses, but after the win last week, Baffert brought him over to Santa Anita, where he is based.

Kubinova scores first local win

Jockey Eliska Kubinova, who recently relocated to Southern California after a successful meeting at Emerald Downs in Washington, got her first local win in the final race on Sunday with the maiden claimer Valeria for trainer John Shirreffs.

Kubinova, 23, is a native of the Czech Republic who set a record for victories by an apprentice at Emerald. She had been working horses for Shirreffs for a couple of weeks before Sunday’s race.

“It’s awesome,” she said. “I’m very thankful to everybody who gave me the opportunity.”

Kubinova said she would “like to try” to stay in Southern California.

◗ Eblouissante, a half-sister to Zenyatta, is entered to make her debut in Friday’s fourth race for Shirreffs, who trains her for her breeder, Eric Kronfeld. Eblouissante, 3, a daughter of Bernardini, will start off in a 1 1/16-mile maiden race against seven rivals. Corey Nakatani has the mount. Zenyatta also made her debut in the fall of her 3-year-old year at Hollywood Park, on Nov. 22, 2007, but in a sprint.

PeterG More than 1 year ago
Is that Baffert trained horse Secret Circle ever going to race again? Hasn't raced since April. (7 months) Another horse ruined by Baffert? (7 races, 5 wins, 2 seconds) My guess is you will never see that horse again on the track. Nice work Bob. You had a good year wrecking horses buddy. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/69058/injured-secret-circle-out-of-derby
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Bobby will throw as many as he can against the CashCall wall to see what sticks. Load up the gate and run as many as he can is about as self serving as it gets. Any of bobby's fans still want to argue that he is all about the best interests of his horses and his deep pocket owners? Up to this point, bobby hasn't worked with and probably hasn't even seen War Academy. Now that he is in his barn after his win, will we get an article about how he brought this horse along beautifully and has done so well wth him?
PeterG More than 1 year ago
Don't most owners of businesses have employees that do the work for them while they run the operation? My only problem with Baffert is the rumors about illegal drugs.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
It's his business if he wants to go into the barn at about 10am and be told what a great trainer he is. The rumors of drugs or juicing was widely discussed in circles more than 15 years ago.
D More than 1 year ago
Good for him! Hopefully he can win it and get some Christmas Money together so poor Bode will have a wonderful Christmas!! LOL Loving he went went 0-fer at the BC in his backyard!!!
secretariat fan More than 1 year ago
PeterG More than 1 year ago
French To English - éblouissante [éblouissant] adj. dazzling, stunning, amazing
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Bee Ess'
JDS0810 More than 1 year ago
Kinda shocking that they start Eblouissante going two turns. Zenyatta started at 6 1/2 furlongs. They must know she is ready...
Kermit Pleasant More than 1 year ago
Keep a eye on Densel in his third race!
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Bad idea running owner against owner. Just hope some moronic reporter doesn't shove a camera or microphone in his sons face again. That was poor taste in BC.
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
I'm 99% certain that Baffert agreed to that before it even happened. Duh. And his son was smart enough to know that GoD didn't have a shot !
Jack More than 1 year ago
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
Job security for the vets who will be administering the "meds and vitamins" received by his entries
Richard More than 1 year ago
There was a time when Baffert used to be a pretty decent guy like when he claimed Lethebighossroll because he was afraid he was going to get claimed and end up in a glue factory somewhere. Now he has become the new D.Wayne Lukas, the burn out king. I wonder how many horses he is going to burn out in 2013 like he did this year with the kind of attitude he has developed. Being around Zayat has seemed to become a negative attribute. I liked him better when he stuck with Mike Pegram!
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
When Baffert became a thoroughbred trainer, Lukas was the hottest trainer. He followed in his footsteps from day one.