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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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Shades of Justify as Charlatan resurfaces at Santa Anita

The comparisons to Triple Crown winner Justify will follow Charlatan into the spring. Debuting the Sunday after Valentine’s Day, Charlatan earned a 105 Beyer Speed Figure for the effort and graduated to leading a one-mile allowance event Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Back in 2018, Justify was unveiled that same calendar Sunday with a 104 Beyer effort…

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San Felipe features Baffert duo Authentic, Thousand Words

Authentic and Thousand Words will put their unbeaten records on line when they square off in Saturday’s $400,000 San Felipe (G2) at Santa Anita. The Bob Baffert-trained duo highlight a field of seven in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series qualifier. Contested over 1 1/16 miles, the San Felipe awards points on a 50-20-10-5 scale toward a berth in the 146th Kentucky Derby on May 2…

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Once again, Baffert loaded for Kentucky Derby

Two months out from the Kentucky Derby on May 2, no trainer holds a stronger hand with 3-year-olds than does Bob Baffert, who has four members of the Derby Watch top 20, two of whom are scheduled to run Saturday in the Grade 2, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita, with at least one more scheduled to run the following Saturday in the Grade 2, $1 million Rebel at Oaklawn…

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