Bob Baffert

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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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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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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