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Hollywood Park: Smith replaces Bejarano on Executiveprivilege
Mike Smith will ride Executiveprivilege when she starts in the $500,000 Hollywood Starlet Stakes on Dec. 8, replacing regular rider Rafael Bejarano.
Trainer Bob Baffert said on Wednesday that some leading mounts in his stable will be spread around to other riders. In recent months, Baffert has extensively used Bejarano. In the Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita on Nov. 2-3, Baffert and Bejarano were winless in four races as a team, including with two favorites.
Executiveprivilege finished second as the favorite to Beholder in the BC Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 2. The following day, Game On Dude was seventh as the 6-5 favorite in the BC Classic, losing any chance for a Horse of the Year title.
Baffert said that Game On Dude will start in the $250,000 Native Diver Stakes at Hollywood Park on Dec. 1, but was not sure who would ride the 5-year-old gelding.
“Rafael is still our go-to guy,” Baffert said. “We use Martin [Garcia], too. There will be changes but not in a dramatic way.”
Earlier this year, Garcia and Baffert had a falling out after a successful run in the early months of the year. Garcia did not ride for Baffert from mid-May until mid-July. Friday at Hollywood Park, Garcia rides Baffert’s lone runner, Saturday Nite Ride in the race against Eblouissante.
There was a time when Baffert used to have fun at the races. I think Zayat is stressing him out so much that he has already suffered from one heart attack but no one except for his wife and children are worth dying for! He used to have fun with his good buddy Mike Pegram who is really his friend and cares about him. I remember Baffert being quoted from the DRF that he does not like to put three year olds in the Belmont Stakes. This year he put Paynter in the Belmont Stakes after winning a $50,000 allowance race at 1 1/16 miles. He placed in a gallant race. Then he put him into the Haskell which he won but finished him off. Union Rags that won was over with too. In the case of Silver Charm and Mike Pegram’s Real Quiet were contenders for the Triple Crown. He had no choice. No horse since Affirmed who won the last Triple Crown has any horse come in so close. He lost by the tip of a nose. Game On Dude does not know what he is! A dirt horse or a synthetic horse. That is the problem, not the great jockeys he’s had on him. You will not see Bill Mott, Steve Asmussen, Todd Pletcher , or Ian Wilkes running their dirt horses at Keeneland, Arlington, or Woodbine. In Southern, CA Baffert has run Game On Dude from one surface to another. For The Love of God Bob get away from Zayat before he kills you or you lose all your real friends and end off in oblivion! From a devoted Fan!
BRING BACK CHANTEL TO HERD THE DUDE_LOLK-DS
Bejarano is a prima donna . . jockeys should have to muck stalls for their 10% . .
Bejarano has tailed off recently. Not sure what the problem is but he seems to be struggling a little. Just my opinion!
There was a different ,more strident, standard of Testing on BC days. Gee-----------I wonder if that could be a factor! Who else does Battert have as a go to? But not when the world is watching like the BC (or The Belmont) And they blamed poor Chantell who was probably eating Hagen-Das and laughing her head off as she watched.
Mike smith is the best out there right now....has nothing to do with the trainer or the horse..of course not.. Has to be the jockey.. I mentioned here a week before the breeders cup that dude would not hit the super ticket....I made out like a bandit cashing in.
Replace Bejarano with Mike Smith, That's like REPLACING Bill Shoemaker with Rudy Campus. Wakr the HELL-UP Bobby Bodie Baffert, your a P---K to work for. Lasix is used to MASK other DRUGS PERIOD........
I just came out of the woodwork to say hello to everyone (before the Holidays). I have been under the radar trying to make a living. Things have not been easy and my old handicapping mentor had to stake me for our annual BC get together (Thursday, Friday, Sat, & Sun. every BC). Luckily (after spitting the bit on Pick 4's and P5's on Friday) I got divine intervention on Race 2 and Race 7 (Mike Welsch's report on Reneesgotzip saved me) on Saturday and came out ahead. The old saying about "scared money" is true and my mentor knew it. He re-staked me Friday night and things turned around in Race two Saturday. I just wanted to drop in and say "hello" to all of you and wish you all the best. Jeff T. in AZ (MKB is back and is a great way to fantasize about owning a Derby horse).
Let the soap opera continue and bring back Chantal for Dude!!!!
Like i said before::::::MARIO stick with O_NEIL,, IF Baffert comes knocking,please don't answer the door,he has a habit of ruining jockey's'by playing mind games...or maybe it's jill,,, his boss.....i'm just saying
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