03/22/2013 4:17PM

Santa Anita Derby may have three from Baffert barn

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Flashback was second to Santa Anita Derby hopeful Hear the Ghost in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes.

ARCADIA, Calif. - The $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 6 may include three runners trained by Bob Baffert.

Baffert plans to start Flashback, who was second to Santa Anita Derby hopeful Hear the Ghost in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on March 9.

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He is strongly considering a start for Super Ninety Nine, who won the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, but was fifth as the 6-5 favorite there in the Grade  2 Rebel Stakes on March 16. Other candidates from his stable are Den’s Legacy, who was third in the Rebel; and War Academy, who won an optional claimer on March 15.

“I’m not going to make that call until that week,” Baffert said of his stable selection. “I know Flashback is definite.”

Hear the Ghost, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, won his first stakes in the San Felipe.

The Santa Anita Derby, run over 1  1/8 miles, will also include the January stakes winners Tiz a Minister and Goldencents, who were third and fourth in the San Felipe, and the maiden race winners Storm Fighter and Summer Exclusive.

John More than 1 year ago
I had Hear the Ghost last time out, but he still runs green switching leads late. I think Gomez is going to make all the difference in Flashback. Gomez is classic at taking a horse back and making a big late run ! Today, lets take a bit of a price with "shakin " Can anyone tell me how Brad Free can be a Racing Form handicapper(tongue in cheek) he never selects anyone over 4-5 ! Today he steps out of his comfort zone, Mr Bossy Pants will be 8-5 .........:>(
Chris Jones More than 1 year ago
Brad Free is the best handicapper on DRF print page. He does not always pick the favorite. He picked I'll Have Another over Creative Cause in last year's SA Derby, and picked him again in the Ky Derby... Look at today, 3/24, he picked the winner in 3 of the 9 races. They won @ 9-5 in race4, 5-1 in race 6, & 9-5 in race 9. He had 2 of his choices scratch out, and his 2nd choice won race 3 @ 8-5 where his top choice scratched. Of the remaining 4 races, his top choice finished 2nd in races 7 & 8... Regardless whether you always like his choices, he often is accurate as to the race flow & pace scenario, thus helping in whittling down the field.
Lenny Mamola More than 1 year ago
Don't leave Tiz A Minister out ..... Huge Move Last try... I think 99 is difficult to beat on his homegrounds
Joel Winicki More than 1 year ago
Tiz a Minister could.....and should ship to Louisiana, where his late kick would be deadly! .....and Gomez could still ride.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Yawn
Anil More than 1 year ago
War Academy looks to step up big time. This horse looks legit.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Don't be fooled by the field he beat in last .
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Send 99 to The Blue Grass. He'll face Lukas' colt, Uncaptured after his Spiral prep, Java's War, My Name is Michael also using Spiral as prep...but I believe his synthetic form from Hollywood puts him right in the mix. GOOD LUCK w Flashback!
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Unless the frequent flights wearing him thin?
ddwage62 More than 1 year ago
synthetic track at BHP is nothing like the one at Keeneland, completely different.
Mike Rutledge More than 1 year ago
I think Flashback is set to run a HUGE race.