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Authentic ends spring break ‘right on target’ for Derby trail

Reached by phone Sunday, a day after sweeping divisions of the Arkansas Derby (G1) with a pair of unbeaten colts, trainer Bob Baffert said he was “trying to get the next batch ready.” That means Authentic, who remained perfect by exiting a victory in the March 7 San Felipe Stakes (G2). Baffert backed off the son of Into Mischief once the Santa Anita Derby (G1), originally scheduled for April 4, was postponed. A new Santa Anita Park stakes schedule released last week slots…

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Baffert Sweeps Arkansas Derby With Charlatan and Nadal

Both kept perfect records intact May 2 at Oaklawn Park. One of the main reasons trainer Bob Baffert was delighted that Oaklawn Park officials split the $500,000 Arkansas Derby (G1) into two divisions was that it removed the possibility of his two undefeated 3-year-olds, Nadal and Charlatan, slugging it out in the same race. After what happened May 2 in the two divisions of the 1 1/8-mile stakes, a showdown between the two seems inevitable—and it should be a classic matchup…

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Honor A. P., Authentic tune up for Santa Anita Derby

Saturday was supposed to be the day Authentic and Honor A. P. took their places in the starting gate at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby. Instead, the highly-promising 3-year-old colts worked at Santa Anita over the weekend in preparation for the rescheduled Santa Anita Derby on June 6. Honor A. P. worked five furlongs in 1:00 on Saturday, a day before Authentic went the same distance in 1:00.40…

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Charlatan Connections Donate to New Vocations

Owners will give 10% of Arkansas Derby (G1) earnings to aftercare program. May 1, 2020 — LEXINGTON, KY — Connections of the morning-line favorite in the first division of the Arkansas Derby, Charlatan, announced today that they will donate 10 percent of their net earnings to support New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. The participating owners include SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Frederick Hertrich III, John D. Fielding and Golconda Stables…

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Charlatan, Nadal give Bob Baffert wins at Arkansas Derby

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Charlatan romped to victory by six lengths in the first division of the Arkansas Derby, and Nadal won the second division, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert a sweep on Saturday when the Kentucky Derby was postponed. The 146th Kentucky Derby usually would have dominated the first Saturday in May, but it was pushed back to Sept. 5 by the coronavirus pandemic…

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The Starlight Post – 2020 Spring Newsletter

Starlight Racing As the racing world has been upended by COVID-19, Starlight Racing partners still have much to look forward to! Charlatan, now 2 for 2 and having earned two triple digit Beyer numbers along the way (the 2 highest Beyer figures of any 3 year old this year), will be running in this weekend’s G1 Arkansas Derby. This will be his toughest test to date but he is still the even-money, morning-line favorite. The G1 Arkansas Derby will be…

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Charlatan’s owner ‘tickled to death’ by Arkansas Derby split

Unbeaten but lightly raced Charlatan had little chance of making it into Saturday’s Arkansas Derby (G1) without the race running in split divisions. Accordingly, co-owner Jack Wolf says he’s “tickled to death” that’s how it turned out. Wolf, a managing partner of Starlight Racing, said Tuesday on an NTRA media teleconference that the Bob Baffert trainee – who didn’t race as a 2-year-old – “seems to be doing well…I want to say he’s on a flight as we speak, and we’re excited.”

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Oaklawn Park Splits Arkansas Derby into Two Divisions

Each division will award 170 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Oaklawn Park will run two divisions of the Arkansas Derby (G1) May 2, with each division awarding 170 points toward starting eligibility in the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) at Churchill Downs. Oaklawn officials said last week they were looking for at least 22 horses to split the 1 1/8-mile feature for 3-year-olds into two divisions. Each division will carry a $500,000 purse and award Road…

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Eight Rings has questions to answer in Oaklawn’s Bachelor

The question regarding Eight Rings is the same now as it was after he faded to sixth in last November’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, ending an up-and-down 2-year-old season highlighted by a Grade 1 victory. Which version of the colt will show up on race day? Campaigned in partnership by SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables et al., Bob Baffert-trained Eight Rings has another chance to answer Saturday when he leads a field of eight in Oaklawn Park’s $100,000 Bachelor Stakes.

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Charlatan may need help to make Arkansas Derby field

Entries for the May 2 Arkansas Derby will be taken Sunday at Oaklawn Park, and there will be plenty of scoreboard watching, because the number of horses who enter the race will impact whether it is split into two divisions. If it’s not, Charlatan, one of the most highly ranked 3-year-olds in the country, is in danger of not getting in based on the race conditions…

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