08/14/2007 11:00PM

More Happy scores for Baffert


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - If things keep going like this, trainer Bob Baffert may have to do some house hunting on the East Coast.

The California-based Baffert made it 2 for 2 at Saratoga on Wednesday as More Happy, under Rafael Bejarano, led every step of the way in winning the Grade 2, $150,000 Adirondack Stakes for juvenile fillies by three-quarters of a length over A to the Croft. It was three-quarters of a length back to Passion in third.

Earlier this meet, Baffert won a 2-year-old maiden race with Maimonides, a $4.6 million son of Vindication who won by 11 1/2 lengths. Baffert opted to ship horses to Saratoga due to his unhappiness with Del Mar's Polytrack.

More Happy, a $1 million daughter of Vindication, won her debut at Del Mar by a neck but struggled over the Polytrack to do it. She had no problems with Saratoga's conventional dirt surface. She roared out of the gate under Bejarano, then ran fractions of 21.88 seconds and 44.93. Though she tired in deep stretch, More Happy ($5) covered the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.51.

"Today, I told [Bejarano] if she leaves, don't try to fight her, don't hold her back, because she's extremely fast," Baffert said. "She's one of these she'll just keep going. Those are the really talented kind."

The Adirondack was marred by yet another mishap at the gate as Phantom Income, listed at 2-1 on the board, was declared a non-starter after the stewards determined she had an unfair start. Phantom Income was acting up in the gate, and she leapt up in the air as starter Richard Brosseau opened the gates while an assistant starter was attempting to assist the filly and her jockey, Eibar Coa.

The New York Racing Association refunded $594,995 in wagers involving Phantom Income. In three separate incidents at this meet, NYRA has refunded more than $1.5 million.

"I don't think either the horse or the [assistant starter] was ready for us to go, and they pulled the trigger anyway," Coa said. "I couldn't really blame anybody at that point because my horse was acting up a little bit."