03/31/2013 4:03PM

Santa Anita Derby: Power Broker turns in snappy four-furlong workout

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ARCADIA, Calif. - Power Broker, unraced since a fifth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in November, worked a half-mile in 47.40 seconds at Santa Anita on Sunday, his final major workout before a start in Saturday’s $750,000 Santa Anita Derby.

“I liked what I saw,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “He didn’t get tired.”

Owned by Gary and Mary West, Power Broker has 1 win in 5 starts and earnings of $242,600. A colt by Pulpit, Power Broker’s lone victory came in the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes over 1 1/16 miles here last September.

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Power Broker will make his first start over 1 1/8 miles in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, the top California prep for the Kentucky Derby on May 4. Baffert is hopeful that Power Broker can be effective in longer races.

“This time of year, it’s who can get the distance,” he said.

Rafael Bejarano, the leading rider at this meeting, has the mount on Power Broker. Bejarano was aboard for all five of Power Broker’s starts in 2012.

Baffert plans to have three starters in the Santa Anita Derby, along with Flashback, who won the Grade 2 Robert Lewis Stakes on Feb. 2 and the runner-up to Santa Anita Derby hopeful Hear the Ghost in the Grade2 San Felipe Stakes on March 9; and Super Ninety Nine, who won the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 18 but was fifth in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes there on March 16.

Other candidates are Tiz a Minister and Goldencents, who were third and fourth in the San Felipe, the maiden race winner Storm Fighter; and Dirty Swagg, who finished fifth behind Goldencents in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes on Jan. 5.

 

Marc Anthony More than 1 year ago
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RockaFelter21 More than 1 year ago
amazing people on here like TAM better than hea the ghost? TAM got best pace set up that was possible last race came to hear the ghost neck and the ghost smoked him!!! the ghost reminds me of a slower AP INDY
Albert More than 1 year ago
Unraced since December? This just isn't Baffert's year. How do you know? He's this desperate to qualify a horse that needs more time.
Eric More than 1 year ago
Maybe it's the desperate owners. They also own Flashback and Code West so they are pulling out all the stops to get ANY horse to KD.
Steve More than 1 year ago
imagine if Lukas felt the same way about charismatic. u can't win if u don't enter. this field is not exactly stacked, and he is the lone grade 1 winner amongst the prospective entries.
jttf More than 1 year ago
is this the poor horse who had to run without lasix in b.c. juvy ? why would any owner do such a thing ?
Glenn Canady More than 1 year ago
Tam
LogicRules55 More than 1 year ago
Tiz A Minister
Glenn Canady More than 1 year ago
who is Yam? I am lost in that one. Power Broker is Bafferts horse
Mike Rutledge More than 1 year ago
I'm staying with Flashback.
Sam More than 1 year ago
Look at TAM time in the last 5/16th of that last race. He did that in 29 and change. That's moving. And he was leaning sideways coming around the turn 9 wide.
RockaFelter21 More than 1 year ago
so you must LOVE hear the ghost? TAM wasn't ever going by him
Sam More than 1 year ago
You'll have a big tri and super.
Sam More than 1 year ago
Well, you won't need Hear the Ghosts.