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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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Authentic ‘Working Unbelievably’ Toward San Felipe

“Authentic has been working unbelievably,” said Gary Young, a colorful and candid cynosure among private clockers for just over four decades who is also bloodstock agent. “The horse has already shown he can get two turns and he might be talented enough to get a mile and a quarter (distance of the Kentucky Derby), although I don’t know if he’s a natural mile and a quarter horse, but he just might be that talented…

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2019/2020 Winter Newsletter

Starlight Racing As the 3-year-old preps heat up and dreams turn toward roses on the first Saturday in May, Starlight Racing has two colts who are giving us a lot to be excited about. Charlatan won in his debut, a maiden allowance race at Santa Anita on Sunday, Feb. 16th and earned a 105 Beyer, completing 6 furlongs in 1:08.85 on his way to a TDN Rising Star honor. His Beyer number was the second highest figure of 2020 of any horse, any…

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Kentucky Derby 2020 Radar: Eight Rings back in play

Jack Wolf, head of the Starlight Racing partnership that owns a share of Eight Rings, expected a late return to training this winter for the Grade 1 winner would count him out of the 2020 Kentucky Derby prep picture. “The horse was off the Triple Crown stuff,” Wolf said. Then Eight Rings worked a half mile last Thursday for trainer Bob Baffert in 47.20 seconds. “I think (Baffert) feels differently now after the last breeze,” Wolf said. Connections’ original target race off the…

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Charlatan’s sensational debut has sparked early comparisons to Justify

Let the comparisons begin. On Feb. 18, 2018, Justify debuted in a maiden sprint race at Santa Anita, winning by 9 1/2 lengths with Drayden Van Dyke aboard. He earned a 104 Beyer Speed Figure. On Feb. 16, 2020, Charlatan debuted in a maiden sprint race at Santa Anita, winning by 5 3/4 lengths with Van Dyke aboard. He earned a 105 Beyer Speed Figure. Justify was trained by Baffert, who also trains Charlatan. Justify went on to win the…

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Baffert first timer Charlatan breaks maiden by 5 ¾ lengths and gets six furlongs in a sizzling 1:08.85, stamping himself as a derby hopeful

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2020)–How deep is Bob Baffert’s Derby bench?  There’s no telling, as his unraced Charlatan, an imposing chestnut colt by Speightstown, blew away his competition by 5 ¾ lengths in Sunday’s fourth race at Santa Anita, stopping the clock for six furlongs in a torrid 1:08.85 while geared down under Drayden Van Dyke. Breaking from the outside in a field of four, Charlatan was…

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Speightstown Colt the Latest ‘TDN Rising Star’ for the Baffert Barn

Charlatan (Speightstown) would’ve likely gone favored in most Santa Anita maiden special weights if not for the presence Sunday of Lane Way (Into Mischief)–who was third behind Charlatan’s ‘TDN Rising Star’ and GII San Vicente S.-winning stablemate Nadal (Blame) here last month–and he made 6-5 look like a particular bargain after zipping away in dominant fashion to get the ‘Rising Star’ nod himself. Seizing the lead…

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