Eight Rings

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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‘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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Kentucky Derby 2020 Scouting Report: West Coast Division IV

Given the extension to late summer of this year’s road to the Kentucky Derby, and the unsettled status of racing given the coronavirus outbreak, it seems a good time to take stock of the 3-year-old scene as the sport enters uncharted territory. As things stand out west, trainer Bob Baffert appears to have them surrounded with a group he’s dubbed the “Three Amigos”: San Felipe (G2) winner Authentic, Rebel (G2) winner Nadal and the electrifying prospect Charlatan. Additionally, that trio does…

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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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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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