Bob Baffert

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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‘It’s been a big help’; Garcia teams up with Baffert barn at Oaklawn

Three projected starters for upcoming stakes events, including two recent arrivals from Southern California, breezed over a fast track Friday morning at Oaklawn Park. Eight Rings, in company, recorded a five-furlong bullet out of the gate in 59 seconds for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who is pointing the Grade 1 winner for the $100,000 Bachelor Stakes…

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Eight Rings Fires Bullet at Oaklawn Park

HOT SPRINGS, AR – Trainer Bob Baffert’s Grade 1-winning colt Eight Rings fired a bullet best-of-29 5-furlong work from the gate in :59.00 at Oaklawn Park on Friday as he gears up for a start in the $100,000 Bachelor Stakes on April 25. Eight Rings was making his first timed trip over the Oaklawn Park dirt since arriving Tuesday from his base at Santa Anita Park…

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Eight Rings Arrives at Oaklawn for Bachelor Stakes

Eight Rings, winner of the American Pharoah Stakes (G1) last fall at Santa Anita Park, arrived at Oaklawn Park April 14 in preparation for a start in the six-furlong, $100,000 Bachelor Stakes there April 25, co-owner Jack Wolf said. The 3-year-old son of Empire Maker  is unraced since finishing sixth as the second favorite in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita…

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Honor A. P., Nadal, and Charlatan work at Santa Anita

Charlatan, Honor A. P., and Nadal, three of the nation’s leading 3-year-olds, were given workouts at Santa Anita on Sunday. With the coronavirus outbreak temporarily disrupting racing at Santa Anita, and at many other venues nationwide, it is unclear where the trio will appear next, although the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on May 2 is a possibility…

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