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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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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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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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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Impressive Charlatan Adds to Baffert’s Derby Hopefuls

Son of Speightstown won Feb. 16, just two days before Justify made his 2018 debut. Trainer Bob Baffert always has one waiting in the wings. And when it comes to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), he regularly has a colt or two in his back pocket. Think back to, well, just two years ago. Baffert won his second Triple Crown with a colt named Justify, who made his debut Feb. 18 that year. It’s no surprise that he…

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