In what appears to be a David vs. Goliath at Santa Anita . Park January 8, Coach Mark Glatt’s prolong the plan took on four Bob Baffert interns out of six sophomores in the $100,000 Sham Stakes (G3) field at one mile.
The Sham, which has won Baffert eight times, is likely to bring qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby on a 10-4-3-2-1 scale from first to fifth. However, because Churchill Downs Inc. suspending Baffert’s private property through mid-2023 for drug violations, his horses are ineligible for points.
A tough second in its 6.5-second debut on October 30, Spun Intended impressed at the one-mile range on November 26 at Del Mar, galloping 6 1/2 lengths with a ratio of 4-5. Owned by Edge Racing and Muir Hut Stables, son of Spin hard will probably show a lot of speed on his first try around two turns and there seem to be a lot of team mates ahead in the Baffert brigade. Spun Intended will be ridden for the third time in a row by Mike Smith.
The first winner goes 6 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar September 3rd National treasures then came in second, beaten by a highly rated stablemate 5 1/4 lengths stone cave at 1 1/16 miles in the American Pharoah Stakes (G1) October 8. Then finished third, beating 3 3/4 in length 8-1 in the Breeders’ Cup Minor (G1). ) in Keeneland November 4, Quality Sugar colt has regular racer John Velazquez up.
Baffert is trained regeneration , runner-up ran a mile on grass in the first two starts, switched to dirt in the third start, went 1 1/16 mile at Santa Anita Nov. 4 and ran a much improved race, about second after 3/4 of the distance. Then favored in the one-mile race on November 25 at Del Marregeneration (good magic ), who was pressed all the time, won 3/4 of the time at Velazquez’s hands.
With Velazquez aboard the National Treasure, Juan Hernandez aboard the Reincarnation.
Most recently came in second, beaten by a stable friend 1 1/4 lengths Havameltdown take seven stretches during Bob Hope Stakes (G3) at Del Mar on November 20, Baffert’s new gate the winner of the first five distances, four starts back on July 30, will try two runs a second time.
new port (into naughty ), who has been ridden by Velazquez in all four of his previous starts, will get Frankie Dettori’s first service. In an earlier route, Newgate finished fifth in his only attempt by about two turns starting with a wide draw in Breeders Futurity (G1) at Keeneland October 8th.
National Treasure, Reincarnation and Newgate share common ownership, racing to partner with SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Robert Masterson, Stonestreet Stables, Jay Schoenfarber, JWaves Edge Capital and Catherine Donovan.
The biggest question mark in Baffert’s quartet seems to be Speedboat Beach , who, although he was fast on his main track debut, has run on grass in his last three starts — winning two bets. In his most recent appearance and in his first attempt for about two turns, the son of Bayern took the one-mile Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (G3T) on the Del Mar lawn on December 4 for owners Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman.
Like Speed Boat Beach, double bet win Pack a Wahlop (creative cause ) moves from field to field, doing so for coach Jeff Mullins and owner of Red Baron’s Barn and Rancho Temescal. The 3-year-old added blinking eyes.
Santa Anita . ParkSunday, January 8, 2023, Race No. 8
- Class III
- 100,000 USD
- 3 years old
- 3:30pm (local)
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