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Baffert lines up a ‘Big 3’ on the 2020 Kentucky Derby trail

With Santa Anita Park’s grounds closed to all but essential personnel caring for horses and overseeing racing, trainer Bob Baffert on Saturday shared a video update from home with XBTV updating what he’s coined “The Big 3.” The group includes Grade 2 winners Authentic and Nadal as well as Charlatan, who’s 2-for-2 and among the fortunate bunch of horses who could benefit from…

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This Side Up: The Authentic Potential of Charlatan

“Only fools, liars and charlatans predict earthquakes.” So said the man who instead gave us a means of measuring tremors once they have actually happened, Charles Richter. But how about when an earthquake announces a Charlatan? Because on the equivalent of the Richter scale, for those who try to quantify a horse’s talent against the clock, a 105 debut Beyer for ‘TDN Rising Star‘ Charlatan…

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Racing Dudes Kentucky Derby Rankings 3/18/20: Charlatan Takes Over Top Spot

Welcome to the 2020 Kentucky Derby Rankings! Each week leading up to the race, we will provide our Top 20 Kentucky Derby Prospects, as well as updates with the latest news on each horse. You can also visit our Kentucky Derby page for loads of information, including the latest news, rankings, prep race schedules, the Kentucky Derby point standings, and much more…

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Analysis: Charlatan looks like special sort from Baffert’s top trio

So far on the 2020 Kentucky Derby trail, three highly respected Bob Baffert-trained 3-year-old colts have emerged: Authentic, Charlatan and Nadal. With few starts between them, deciding on the best out of those three moving forward is difficult. Determining which one of those Baffert stars can stretch out, or if all three of them can successfully is not particularly easy, either…

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Authentic Takes Over Top Spot in NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll

While a pair of his stablemates posted impressive on-track wins this past weekend, the Bob Baffert-trained Authentic scored a victory in his own right without leaving his stall as he gained the outright lead in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association Top 3-Year-Old Poll. The undefeated Authentic, winner of the San Felipe (G2) and Sham Stakes… 

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Charlatan looks Justify-esque, dazzling at Santa Anita Park

Now it’s fair to ask: Is Charlatan trainer Bob Baffert’s next Justify? Going from a mid-February debut to a 1-mile allowance race at Santa Anita Park, the son of Speightstown has duplicated the 2018 Triple Crown winner’s career trajectory with similar ease, drawing off Saturday in the sixth race out west. Sure to get a test next on the 2020 Kentucky Derby trail, Charlatan pulled jockey Drayden Van Dyke to the front early and stayed there, never letting them within a length and a…

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Charlatan Looks Like The Real Deal in Two-Turn Demolition

6th-Santa Anita, $57,000, Alw (NW1$X), Opt. Clm ($80,000), 3-14, 3yo, 1m, 1:36.24, ft. CHARLATAN (c, 3, Speightstown–Authenticity {MGSW & MGISP, $883,362}, by Quiet American)made 30 cents on the dollar seem like Christmas in March and is on to bigger and better things following a thoroughly convincing 10 1/4-length allowance victory Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita…

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Unraced At 2, Charlatan Tries To Follow In Justify’s Hoofprints At Santa Anita

Although plenty of attention will be focused on Santa Anita’s  seventh race Saturday, the Grade 1 Beholder Mile, the eyes of the racing world will also be riveted on the race just before it, a $57,000 allowance for 3-year-olds at one mile.  Bob Baffert’s talented Charlatan, a  5 3/4-length first-out maiden winner on Feb. 16, will attempt to follow in the footsteps of…

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