10/04/2012 3:22PM

Hoosier Park: Baffert active on Indiana Derby undercard

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Ellafitz comes into Saturday's Mari Hulman George Stakes off a solid second in a Grade 2 stakes at Hollywood Park.

Ellafitz will be looking for her third win of the year, all for trainer Bob Baffert, in the $100,000 Mari Hulman George at Hoosier Park on Saturday. The 1 1/16-mile George is for older fillies and mares and drew a field of nine. It is one of nine supporting stakes on Saturday’s Indiana Derby card.

Ellafitz won the Paseana on Jan.  15 and the Grade 2 Santa Maria on Feb. 18, both at Santa Anita. She has been off since May 19 when she finished second to Include Me Out in the Grade 2 Marjorie Everett Handicap at BetFair Hollywood Park. Ellafitz has been installed as the even-money morning-line favorite for the George.

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Baffert has three of the morning-line favorites in the four open stakes on the Saturday card at Hoosier Park, which is located outside of Indianapolis in Anderson, Ind. Rafael Bejarano will ride all four. The Baffert-trained Eden’s Moon is the second choice on the morning line in the Oaks.

◗ Shadowbdancing will be going for his second consecutive win in the $100,000 Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Mile, which drew a field of nine. Trained by Terrell Gore, Shadowbdancing won the Prairie Meadows Handicap on July 28 in his last start. The win put the 7-year-old over the $1 million mark in earnings. Shadowbdancing has been training well for his return and worked a bullet three furlongs at Hawthorne Park on Tuesday. Quentin Hamilton retains the mount.

◗ Ain’t She a Saint will be facing older competition once again in the $84,000 Richmond for Indiana-sired fillies and mares. The Jeff Greenhill trainee will be looking for her third win of the year when facing 10 rivals. Ain’t She a Saint is cross-entered in the Hoosier Breeder’s Sophomore for 3-year-old fillies, but Greenhill is leaning towards the Richmond.

“She has a tendency to act up if she is in the gate too long and we drew the inside post in the Sophomore, so I think we will go in [the Richmond],” Greenhill said.

Corey Lanerie will ride

◗ Joe’s Keeper will try to remain unbeaten in the $84,000 Gus Grissom for older Indiana-sired horses. Trained by Richard Kohnhorst, Joe’s Keeper is a perfect 2 for 2. Both races were going six furlongs and he won them by a combined margin of nearly 16 lengths. The 1 1/16-mile Grissom will be the first time around two turns for the 3-year-old colt when he goes postward as part of a full field of 12.

Rodney Prescott retains the mount.

◗ Determined Yankee will be trying for her third straight win the $84,000 Hoosier Breeder’s Sophomore. The Greg Foley trainee is a perfect 3 for 3 this year but has yet to go the two-turn distance of the mile and a sixteenth Hoosier Breeder’s Sophomore. All three of Determined Yankee’s victories have come in front-running style going six furlongs. It will be up to jockey Brian Hernandez to stretch her speed out.

◗ Prince of Time will be looking for his third win of the year, all for trainer Bob Gorham, in the Hoosier Breeder’s Sophomore for 3-year-old Indiana-breds. His last win was July 12 at Indiana Downs when he took the $200,000 Governor’s by nearly 10 lengths. Most recently, Prince of Time finished second but was placed third in an open allowance event at Hoosier on Aug. 21. Fernando De La Cruz will ride once again.

A field of nine, including an entry, was entered in the 1 1/16-mile Breeder’s Sophomore.

◗ Over the Counter will be facing Indiana-bred 2-year-old fillies for the first time in the $84,000 City of Anderson. It will be the the third start for Over the Counter, a $130,000 Majestic Warrior filly who won at first asking Aug. 6 at Saratoga in a $150,000 maiden-claiming race. In her last out, the Terri Pompay trainee was a well-beaten third in the one-mile Meadow Star at Belmont Park on Sept. 9. The 5 1/2-furlong City of Anderson has a full field of 12, including three entries.

◗ Runaway Raj won at first asking and will try to repeat in the $84,000 Hillsdale for 2-year-old Indiana-bred colts and geldings. Runaway Raj was sent off as the 7-5 favorite in his Aug. 14 debut and won by six lengths for trainer Bob Gorham. A field of eight, including two entries, is set to contest the 5 1/2-furlong Hillsdale.