Horse Racing

The Baffert trio looks tough in Bob Hope

Bob Hope Stakes (G3) on November 20 is similar to Runhappy Del Mar Futurity (G1) on September 11 in a more important respect that both are seven-stage races for 2-year-olds at Del Mar. As he did in The Future, coach Bob Baffert is bringing three talented runners to Bob Hope, two of them owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman, row owners. from the summer Del Mar meeting.

In the future, Baffert completed either with stone cave and Havnamemeldown . Cave Rock continues to come second in the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup for minors awarded by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1) Forte and therefore will not be in Bob Hope. But the three Bafferts he was carrying could complete the Trifecta in any order.

Havnameltdown, like Cave Rock owned by Pegram, Watson and Weitman, returns with Bob Hope for the first outing since Del Mar Futurity. Earlier in the Del Mar meeting, the son of uncaught won the Best Pal Share (G3). Havnameltdown will feature Juan Hernandez, the top rider from the summer and once again at the top of the leaderboard at the current meeting, riding from #2. Hernandez rode the pony in Best Pal, but rode Cave Rock. in Del Mar Futurity.

Hard to imagine , with the same ownership, has drawn the tracks and will have Flavien Prat on board for the first time. The third of two Del Mar appearances, Hard to imagine, son of Spin hard won Capote Staking on September 25th at Racetrack Los Alamitos three lengths.

Baffert’s third entry, new gate , has yet to win the bet, but this could be his chance. The son of into naughty owned by a large partnership led by SF Racing, Starlight Racing and Madaket Stables. He raced in top company, finishing fourth in Del Mar Futurity and fifth in Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1), winning over Forte. John Velazquez rode Newgate in every start and returned from 7th place.

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Bob Hope’s four opponents with the Baffert trio consisted of two bet winners.

Lloyds’ logic (jockey Edwin Maldonado, track 3) invades from Emerald in Washington, where he broke his daughter 5 1/4 lengths in a fourth start and then powered home 7 1/4 lengths in Gottstein Futurity. Tom Wenzel trains his son Factor for owner George Todaro at the Emerald Downs, and Jerry Hollendorfer for him at Del Mar.

The giver is not the receiver (Ramon Vazquez, post 4) won the I’m Smokin Stakes at Del Mar on September 9 and finished second in the Golden State Juvenile Stakes on October 29 at Santa Anita . Park, both of which are part of a breeding company in California. He is the first bet winner to be bred by a California stallion mashmallow . Peter Miller trains Giver Not a Taker to owner/breeder Kirk and Judy Robison, who also owns champion sprinters Jackie’s Warrior .

“Any 2-year-old that wins a bet race — Cal or open-breed, it doesn’t matter — is a good horse,” Kirk Robison said after the I’m Smokin show. . “We are very excited about this horse.”

Item: Bob Hope S. (G3)

Del MarSunday, November 20, 2022, Race No. 8

  • Class III
  • 7f
  • dust
  • 100,000 USD
  • 2 years old
  • 4:00pm (local)


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