02/01/2015 6:46PM

Lord Nelson outfights Texas Red in San Vicente

Benoit & Associates
Lord Nelson, with Rafael Bejarano aboard, prevails by a neck over Texas Red in the seven-furlong San Vicente.

ARCADIA, Calif. – After Lord Nelson turned in a disappointing effort to end his 2-year-old campaign, trainer Bob Baffert decided to regroup and start anew, and Lord Nelson took a positive first step on his 3-year-old journey by holding off Texas Red to capture the Grade 2, $200,250 San Vicente Stakes over seven furlongs on Sunday at Santa Anita.

 Lord Nelson ($5.80), the second choice, got a perfect, stalking trip under Rafael Bejarano, who was riding him in a race for the first time. He sat behind three battling leaders, surged to the front inside the furlong pole after being tipped wide, and just did stave off the late run from Texas Red to prevail by a neck.

 Texas Red, making his first start since his victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, was last of six early, had to weave his way between horses through the lane, and just did miss at a distance short of his optimum.

 Sir Samson was three-quarters of a length back in third and was followed, in order, by Bench Warrant, Jazzy Josh, and Serbian Syclone, who faded to last after setting fractions of 23.08 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 45.98 seconds for a half-mile.

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 Lord Nelson completed seven furlongs on the fast main track in 1:22.15.

 “This was a big step forward,” said Baffert, who trains Lord Nelson for John Fort’s Peachtree Stable.

 Lord Nelson, a son of Pulpit, has won 3 of 5 starts. He is 3 for 3 sprinting, but has finished out of the money in his two route races, including a fifth-place finish as the favorite in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, his final start at age 2.

 “You can’t count the Churchill race,” Baffert said, referring to the Kentucky Jockey Club. “He was shuffled back early. It’s a throw-out.

 “I like what he did today. He ran like he’s been working.”

 Texas Red, who carried five pounds more (123-118) than Lord Nelson, is now winless in three sprints. He has won twice in three route races, his lone loss a third-place finish behind champion American Pharoah in the FrontRunner Stakes.

“You get so close to winning you’re disappointed you don’t get your picture taken, but how could you be disappointed with that?” said Keith Desormeaux, the trainer and co-owner of Texas Red.

As with Lord Nelson, Texas Red will return to a two-turn race for his next start.




Gunner More than 1 year ago
Merely a prep race. But I'd put the Texas Red induction ceremony into the Hall of Fame on hold. For the Moment (Gr 1 winner, 8th Derby) comes to mind.
Tim More than 1 year ago
Hmmm, I seemed to have been watching a different race- Texas Red and Lord Nelson appeared to race evenly for most of the stretch and at the wire Lord Nelson wasn't losing any ground all, maybe even inching away late. At the top of the stretch, Bejarano moved Lord Nelson 4 wide out in the center of the track, while Texas Red stayed more inside, saving all the ground and moving between horses, Texas Red being maybe a length behind at that point. Texas Red drew even with at the 1/16th pole, looked like he even poked his nose in front briefly. but at the wire Lord nelson was still the stronger.
stockmann9914 . More than 1 year ago
This wasn't the goal, he will win when he stretches out. Bafferts horse was pointed to that race.
tommy More than 1 year ago
This was the goal for Texas red and he almost won!!! Lord Nelson won because he was the only sprint horse in the sprint race so he had an advantage but he almost lost!!! That shows you that when lord Nelson goes against real sprint horses like Barbados, xy jet, blue grass singer, Catalina red, he will lose bad !!! Texas red did not win the purse money intended but he should do longer distances to prepare for kentucky derby!
Neil More than 1 year ago
Desormeaux didn't ride this horse to win....Unfortunately for the bettors that backed him down to 4/5. You could see he did not persevere in the stretch. Typical Desormeaux. Too bad that he's trained by family...Going to be tough to replace him.
tommy More than 1 year ago
Texas red had no shot in this race and he almost won!!!! Texas red is a long distance horse and he ran in a sprint race!! This was a weak field of sprint horses and they would easier lose in a 7 furlong race vs Catalina red, Barbados, xy jet, el kabier, blue grass singer!! Lord Nelson is such a bad horse that he cannot win at 1 1/16 or longer distances in allowance races and he will never win a graded stakes sprint race. I really hope lord Nelson will run at derby trial as favorite so I can make some money!!! Texas red is a good contender for kentucky derby!!!! You guys should know never to bet Texas red in sprint race lol!!
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
oh lord tommy!
tommy More than 1 year ago
Dubai has better horse because the owners hire professionals like myself to consult them on performance enhancement on training, nutrition, and secret ingredients which nobody knows!!
Lawrence MacSelwiney More than 1 year ago
Texas Red had no shot? What are you smoking. He was 80% cranked for the race and just got beat. And to say never bet Texas Red in a sprint. At 7F I would bet him against any 3yr old, if that race was the goal. This race was a stepping stone for the Arkansas race.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Kent bought the excessive whipping gift certificate from the stewards
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Why do the two year old colts run so poorly in the last quarter of breeders cup races at santa anita ? Texas red reminded me of mandella's two huge closers, minister eric and action this day. Those two sat way off the pace and took advantage of the others falling apart in the stretch. Texas red did the same. Still wondering why the beyers were adjusted 21 points on breeders cup day ? Brandi had the same final time as texas red did.
tommy More than 1 year ago
Joel forget about Beyer speed ratings because they are wrong!! In school they teach you to calculate vo2 max to see your aerobic and anaerobic fitness status!!
tommy More than 1 year ago
This race was fair! Lord Nelson did well at 6 furlong and was tiring out as Texas red keep coming closer and closer as lord Nelson fatigues because he is not fit. Lord Nelson is not a good sprint horse like Catalina red, Barbados, xyjet, but he's a good allowance horse at best
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
Your statement about him being 'a good allowance horse at best' was nullified the second this race was over. He's a G2 winner and it just so happens he beat the BC Juvy winner in the process. Those are facts.
tommy More than 1 year ago
He didn't beat Texas red at 1 1/16 dirt!!! He didn't run 7 furlong with a time between 1:20 - 1:21. Therefore, I can justify and say he is not a graded stakes champion horse and is a good allowance / stakes horse at best !! This was a stakes allowance race!! Lord Nelson barley finished 7 furlongs on top and his field was not sprint horses!! If lord Nelson runs against Barbados, Catalina red, xy jet, blue grass singer in a sprint race, he is out!! Lord Nelson ran an allowance stakes race at Churchill at 1 1/16 and he was out of the superfecta !!!!
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
I didn't say he beat Texas Red at a mile and 1/16th did I? Nor did I ever call him a champion. Despite your opinions Lord Nelson will go down in history as a Grade 2 winner and that's if he retired tomorrow. Deal with it.
tommy More than 1 year ago
I like you a lot!!! I will like you even more if you bet lord Nelson heavy next time he races so that I can cash in!!!! Lord Nelson will go down in history as the horse who could not win a single derby qualifying race!!!!! His trainer bob baffert will go down in history as the trainer who raced in most triple crown races and couldn't capture a single triple crown!!! The trainer for secretariat is a hall of fame champion which captured the triple crown first time out!!!!!! Not to mention track records which still can't be broken at Belmont stakes!!!
Lawrence MacSelwiney More than 1 year ago
Dude you are quite a character. How many trainers have won a triple crown. Pletcher has entered a ton as well. Art Sherman has entered 1. You spew a lot of nonsense. Just do me a favor and keep betting. By the way. Lord Nelson was the horse to bet in the San Vicente and bet I did. Along with Call Back in the Las Virgines and My best bet of the weekend Conquest Two Step in the Palos Verde.
TRacingLifeMore More than 1 year ago
Texas Red is certainly a nice Derby prospect. He will be around 4/5 in nearly every race though.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Picture? Tell me they were not thinking picture...
Steve Hougom More than 1 year ago
I liked how Texas Red found a way through the traffic and got to the wire and from a ways back. Didn't win but would have at a longer distance. His dad Afleet Alex was good in traffic also.
Lawrence MacSelwiney More than 1 year ago
and it was a race he will benefit from. I saw the interview on HRTV with Michelle Yu and Keith Desormeux and he was saying its obviously a stepping stone. The workout reports also were noting that he didn't look fully cranked. Nice horse, with a nice future.