07/05/2012 3:54PM

Hollywood Park notes: Baffert spreading the talent around

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Blueskiesnrainbows, with Joe Talamo riding, wins the Swaps.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will need the entire nation to keep apart his deep roster of 3-year-olds in coming months.

With horses such as Bodemeister, the runner-up in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, and Paynter, second in the Belmont Stakes, leading the team, Baffert added another horse to watch on Wednesday when Blueskiesnrainbows won his first stakes in the $150,000 Swaps Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Blueskiesnrainbows was third in the Santa Anita Derby in April and ninth in the American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 4. Baffert said after the Swaps that Blueskiesnrainbows could start on turf or dirt in his next start. Thursday, he said a decision on the colt’s next start has not been planned.

“I won’t make that call for a couple of weeks,” Baffert said.

Paynter is bound for Saratoga, where he will run in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on July 28 and the $1 million Travers Stakes on Aug. 25.

Bodemeister is being pointed for the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 29.

In the Grade 2 Swaps Stakes, Blueskiesnrainbows led throughout the race over 1 1/8 miles, setting a slow pace. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Blueskiesnrainbows held off a late threat from Nonios to win by three-quarters of a length. The Baffert-trained Liaison finished third.

“It helped to have two in there,” he said.

Baffert said another turf race is a possibility for Blueskiesnrainbows despite the loss at Churchill. Baffert said that Bluesskiesnrainbows “shipped horribly” to Churchill.

At Del Mar this summer, the main races for 3-year-olds are on turf, beginning with the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on Aug. 11. The top race for 3-year-olds at that meeting is the $300,000 Del Mar Derby on Sept. 2.

Owned by Bad Boy Racing and Whizaway Farms, Blueskiesnrainbows has won 3 of 8 starts and $221,242. The winner of a $30,000 claiming race for maidens in January, Blueskiesnrainbows won a starter allowance in February, his most recent win before Wednesday.

I’ll Have Another to be paraded

I’ll Have Another, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner, will be paraded between the third and fourth races on Saturday.

Sunday, the retired 3-year-old will enter quarantine before being sent to Japan later this summer, trainer Doug O’Neill said earlier this week. I’ll Have Another will begin a stud career in Japan next year.

O’Neill and I’ll Have Another’s jockey, Mario Gutierrez, will sign autographs in the paddock from 12 to 1 p.m.

JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I'm looking forward to I'll Have Another's parade Saturday. He's a fabulous champion and greatly deserves this honor. And BB does indeed have a very deep barn of talented three year olds. Both Paynter and Blueskiesnrainbows are still a little green and are each making very good progress, especially Paynter. Liaison made progress in his last race too, he looked better than he has in awhile. We all know how talented Bodemeister is and he has probably improved since resting from the Preakness Stakes. It's been fun watching all of these wonderful horses race this year.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Liason looked about as good as he looked in the Hollywood Futurity in November of last year.
AlanFrench1 More than 1 year ago
This could be quite the summer for Baffert, starting with the Gold Cup this Saturday. Could really cap off what's been a teriffic meet for him. www.facebook.com/socalhorseracing
Roger More than 1 year ago
HPark is DOWN over $11 million after 43 days of their current meet..$47 million since SB 1072 began in 2011....when will DRF beat writer start earning his pay as a journalist and start asking the tough questions to TOC Pegram and CHRB Chairman Brackpool?
k More than 1 year ago
What are you asking Roger? Not sure what you mean but you made me curious. Can you give some details?
Mike More than 1 year ago
I don't know the details of SB1072, but nothing kills handle like short fields and races dominated by favorites. Just look at the racing in NoCal. I find the racing product to be impossible to bet on most days at Hollywood. I realize there is a horse shortage, etc., but I'm going to wager on races that interest me. Look at Brad Free's comment in his analysis of race 3 on Friday night's card. "On a card with limited appeal" are his exact words. Until racing executives understand that bettors shy away from these situations, the problem will persist.
Andy More than 1 year ago
Agreed. Short and badly matched fields with no value is getting old. Maybe horsemen are saving horses for the better paying Del Mar meet. Here's an old article on SB1072 courtesy of Bloodhorse.com-http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/58675/calif-oks-exchange-wagering-takeout-hike
Sam Shelby More than 1 year ago
Nobody ever mentions over saturation of otb options when stating horse racings problems. They would rather get a little bit of handle from the likes of River Downs or that funky little track on a reservation than a lot of handle from major venues. I personally wouldn't bet on that funky little track with other peoples money.