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Oaklawn: Super Ninety Nine's romp gives Baffert another Southwest win
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Super Ninety Nine continued the grip his trainer, Bob Baffert, has had on the 3-year-old stakes program at Oaklawn on Monday, when he took quick command of the Grade 3, $300,000 Southwest and went on to an 11 1/4-length victory over Fear the Kitten. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to Heaven's Runway in third.
Baffert swept Oaklawn's graded series for 3-year-olds last year, when he won both divisions of the Southwest with Secret Circle and Castaway, the Rebel with Secret Circle, and the Arkansas Derby with Bodemeister. The Southwest win Monday was his fourth score in the race, as he also won in 2010 with Conveyance.
Oaklawn's track was downgraded to sloppy for the Southwest after heavy rains hit, and Super Ninety Nine went right to the front at the start as he and jockey Rafael Bejarano doled out fractions of 23.33 seconds for the opening quarter, 47.49 for the half-mile and 1:12.29 for six furlongs. He began to open up on the field at the top of the stretch and was in hand nearing the wire, to cover the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.84.
"The track was to our advantage with the speed and all," Baffert said. "I'm just glad it worked out. It was exciting."
Bejarano was aboard Super Ninety Nine ($4) for Tanma Corporation, one start after he won first-level allowance with the horse at Santa Anita. In the allowance, his two-turn debut, Super Ninety Nine tracked the pace, and won by four lengths with a Beyer Speed Figure of 100.
"My horse showed me a little more speed this time," said Bejarano. "I decided to keep him on the lead. It was a pretty good race for him."
Baffert said plans are to be determined for Super Ninety Nine, but he will look at the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn on April 13.
The Southwest win was worth 10 points to Super Ninety Nine on the new Kentucky Derby system governing preference if the race is oversubscribed.
Bejarano has also been on a tear at Oaklawn, as he won both divisions of last year's Southwest, and also took the Rebel.
"Mr. Baffert always brings good horses," said the Southern California-based rider. "You always have a really good chance."
The remaining order of finish was Channel Isle in fourth, followed by Always in a Tiz, Will Take Charge, Big Lute, Brown Almighty, Texas Bling, and Officer Alex.
** The pick six paid $558,553 on a $1 ticket. There was one winning ticket, sold to an XpressBet account-holder, according to Bobby Geiger, an official with Oaklawn. The carryover into Monday's card was more than $300,000, and another $400,000 was bet into the pool Monday.
** Attendance at the track was a season-high 25,854.
Forest Station 15-1 ml live longshot. In last gulf Thursday.
What a great sport. Enjoy all of the coming preps and the derby.
That wudn't even a hossrace.
Baffert's 3yos are out of this world these days. On a side note, Midnight Lute is flying high at stud.
Bottom line is he faced some decent horses who were within range at the top of the stretch and they didn't seem to mind the conditions up to that point. S99 ran away when pressured twice before the turn for home and destroyed the competition when it mattered. He was dominant and looks like he enjoys two turns. Bejarano suggested as much after the Hollywood Prevue. I understand people having rooting interests elsewhere but let's not dismiss this as an inflated off-track victory so quickly. This is a serious contender. I don't know if 1 1/4 is his game but I like that he can get out front to avoid trouble and handle an off-track. Being a son of Pulpit/Unbridled's Song mare it wouldn't shock me to see him win the Derby.
the pros...he has now run consecutive 100 beyers..hes trained by baffert...he has speed and this years point system might eliminate sprinters from the race... the cons....he beat nobody thus far....this was a front running romp on a muddy rail speed biased track....unlike bodemeister who had speed but was built like a stayer this horse has speed and is built like a sprinter...this horses breeding is fragile personified.Pulpit made 6 starts total and was injured in his 6 th,the dam was unraced and shes by unbridleds song whose offspring are notoriously fragile.... overall id say if this horses stays sound under b bafferts hard training and gets a muddy track on derby day he might just hold on.but under normal conditions although not without a shot I don't see it.
Very impressive, but Baffert is loaded this year ! It wouldnt surprise me to see him with 3-4 in the Derby. The maiden he ran last week, Midnight Lucky is a bit behind right now, but I think you can mark that name down........................Preakness ?
How long does DWL keep Will Take Charge on the Derby trail. First we will hear it was the slop, after he runs down the track in the Rebel we will hear he threw a shoe, he gets lucky at 52-1 and runs fourth the the Arkansas Derby and Lukas will say the horse will love Churchill. Odds of him running all 3 Classic races are 25-1, any takers?
47-1 in the futures pool. Good bet I guess if he even makes it to the derby. I bet you can get 10-1 plus on several nice horses that actually will run in the race. I think future bets are for gamblers not handicappers...
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