03/07/2012 5:05PM

Santa Anita: Bodemeister takes San Felipe spot for Baffert

Shigeki Kikkawa
Bodemeister, Rafael Bejarano aboard, earns a 101 Beyer for winning a maiden race last month. He will get tested in the San Felipe.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Bodemeister has replaced Fed Biz on trainer Bob Baffert’s team for Saturday’s $300,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita, a race that will clarify the Hall of Famer’s approach to the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 7.

Fed Biz, an impressive allowance race winner on Feb. 9, will miss the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes over 1 1/16 miles after Baffert said the colt “tied up,” or experienced stomach cramps, earlier this week. Baffert said on Wednesday he was not sure of the cause.

“I had a little setback with him, not bad, though,” Baffert said. “It’s nothing serious. I don’t know if he got cast or what. He tied up a little on me.

“I was going to work him, but he got tight on me. Right now, he’s just jogging. We’ll see how he works.”

It was unclear how quickly Fed Biz could return to racing, but a start in the $500,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 17 may come too soon. Another option could be the $800,000 Sunland Park Derby in New Mexico on March 25.

“I think he’s going to be all right, but I need to be extra cautious,” Baffert said.

Owned by Kaleem Shah, Fed Biz, a $950,000, yearling purchase in 2010, has won 2 of 3 starts, but has yet to run in a stakes.

The San Felipe drew a field of 10.

Baffert has leading chances with Liaison, the winner of the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park on Dec. 17, and Bodemeister, the winner of a maiden race over a mile by 9 1-4 lengths on Feb. 11. Rafael Bejarano, who had been scheduled to ride Fed Biz, will ride Bodemeister.

The competition is strong. The field includes Creative Cause, third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November; Rousing Sermon, the champion California-bred 2-year-old of 2011; Empire Way, second in the Grade 2 Robert Lewis Stakes on Feb. 4; American Act, second in the San Vicente Stakes last month; the sprint stakes winner Midnight Transfer; and the longshots Blingo, Groovin’ Solo and Tiz Point.

Liaison did not finish the Lewis Stakes after unseating jockey Rafael Bejarano when clipping heels in the stretch. Neither horse nor rider was injured.

For the San Felipe, Liaison will not wear blinkers, a change from his first five career starts. Owned by Arnold Zetcher, Liaison has two stakes and $469,560.

“Liaison is going to run a big race,” Baffert said. “This race is a little too short for him. I’m taking the blinkers off and letting him break. Last time, he put him in the race and he got rank.

“When he started to re-rally, that’s when he fell.”

Bodemeister, owned by Zayat Stables, earned a 101 Beyer Speed Figure in his maiden race win. The San Felipe will be his third start, and first in a stakes. “It’s a class test,” Baffert said. “From here on, it’s all a class test.”

Tiz Point, trained by Richard Mandella for Gerald Ford’s Diamond A Corp., won a one-mile maiden race on turf on Feb. 18. The San Felipe will be Tiz Point’s first start in a stakes since a fifth behind Liaison in the Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood Park last November.

“I’ll try it and see what happens,” Mandella said. “He’s either good enough or he isn’t.”


Rob Beaudoin More than 1 year ago
Expecting Blingo to run big at a nice price...(Is there a worse name for a horse than BLINGO) ?
OwenJ More than 1 year ago
I expect Creative Cause to romp Saturday's San Felipe and then everyone will be gushing over the magnitude of his victory. That's the real Derby horse - not pretenders like Hansen!
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
a late running sprinter who beat up on cheap 2 year olds last year. but keep dreaming.
Mark. More than 1 year ago
O.J. - You are exactly correct. If you view Creative Cause's last race you will see he was covered up until the very end when he gave us a brief glimpse of his great talent. This guy is the real deal.
Kyle Stasierowski More than 1 year ago
Mr. Anderson, Here's my top 3 for Saturday's San Felipe: 1st: Tiz Point (Garrett Gomez, Richard Mandella) 2nd: Blingo (Mike Smith, John Shirreffs) 3rd: Creative Cause (Joel Rosario, Mike Harrington) Sincerely, Kyle Stasierowski 27-year-old loyal TVG viewer, HRTV Live Feed viewer, and Daily Racing Form's FaceBook friend from Alden, New York
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
dont forget to add unsuccessful horseplayer to that list if you keep picking horses like that. somehow you have managed to pick 3 horses who will all miss the board. good job
Kristian More than 1 year ago
Wow what an arrogant hater you are. Add to your list unknown nobody who has to put others down to improve his poor self-image and hide his insecurities. Way to be a great proponent of the Sport. Tool. PS Nice profile pic. It shows that you have no self esteem. Good day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who are you trying to impress by your photo , do you really get off on your self , what a shame that you have low self - esteem . We are talking about horse racing , not wow look at me ................ dress with class , show with class ................... that is where you will find respect
Rob Beaudoin More than 1 year ago
Blingo is a great longshot play. Horse ran alot better in that G 1 than it looked, having encountered trouble in the stretch. Horse has been working bullets for 2 months at 6f for his return. Not only do I think he can hit the board, I believe he has an honest shot to win from a nice stalking positon. (Barring he doesn't get a bad draw) haven't seen the draw...
Mine thatbird More than 1 year ago
I agree Tiz Point should not be over looked in here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Baffert . As ya all know - one of our generations best trainers in years . . . I have thought this for awhile during this Spring : WHERE IS BAFFERTS DERBY HORSE ! I have Yet to see one . I see afew awesome G3 or G2 Stakes in the mix , but nothing for the KENTUCKY DERBY . I am truly surprised that Baffert does not own the DERBY Headlines with all the Talent that Baffert has in the stalls everywhere . Baffert is one of my favorites of all time . But this year for Baffert - there is no LOOKIN AT LUCKY thru out this triple crown for Baffert . Maybe when its all said and done - THE 2012 BREEDERS CUP IN HIS OWN STOMPING GROUNDS ( SANTA ANITA ) . Just Food For Thought
ECarlos727 More than 1 year ago
Insane!!!!! Baffert is loaded with talent for the Derby wouldnt be surprised if he ran five horses in the derby. He won both southwest stakes, and has very promising horses on the west coast just waiting for there stakes debut. Lucking at Lucky was not even garnishing the attention that some this years talent is ( Feb Biz, Bodmeister).
Michael Sciarrillo More than 1 year ago
The two of you need to take a step back and think logically about what you wrote. Good grief. Were these posts happy hour induced???
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will see , come May 5th ! Baffert is not loaded with 3 yr olds READY for the pounding that the KENTUCKY DERBY will unfold on these 3 yr olds . None of Bafferts 3 yr olds THUS FAR has the conditioning to task the DERBY Distance , nore the likes of UNION RAGS , HANSEN , nor CREATIVE CAUSE . Yes , of course CREATIVE CAUSE got beat in short distance races . . . But take a long long look at the SAN FELIPE STAKES " AFTER IT HAS BEEN OFFICIAL " and comment your honest opinion
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
dude your a crackpot. you have absolutely no clue as to what your saying. you sit here and say basicsally every horse out there, bafferts and others, lack thge conditioning and havnt proven enough for the derby . well who has, genius? find me a horse who has already proven himself at thge distance and class level of the derby, and i will agree with you. unfortuneately for your altered sense of thinking. this is impossible. at this point ALL it is about is potential and ability, and there are very few horses out there right now who have more of either of those two things then bafferts battalion of derby hopefuls. but im sure you will keep spouting off even after this weekend, just in an attempt to convince someone you have an opinion, when in reality, you are clearly clueless.
Kristian More than 1 year ago
BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH. You seek to criticize everyone's opinion without ever having the courage to give your own. A true coward.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
O K , so name the names of Bafferts 3 yr olds that you are sold on that you believe will run big in the Kentucky Derby ! Or even make it to the Kentucky Derby . Baffert maybe sitting very nicely with his 3 yr olds come BREEDERS CUP , but not at this stage of the game . THIS YEARS BIG DERBY PICTURE WILL BE AMONG THE HORSES THAT YA SEEN RACE IN LAST YEARS JUVENILE BREEDERS CUP ! You Will See ...................... and what a story line that the DRF will have about that LEADING UP TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY . Please wear a suit n tie
Rob Beaudoin More than 1 year ago
Please tell me Secret Circle isn't one of the 5. That horse would get beat 50 lengths in any race going 1 1/4. This Bodemeister doesn't excite me either. If i remember correctly in his maiden he was relatively unbet in a small average group..Don't think the other Southwest winner is much either. Thought Fed biz was his best shot. Hopefully he's ok.