August 31, 2002 |
It has been almost seven years since a horse not trained by Bob Baffert has won the Del Mar Futurity, and the trainer has been nearly as dominant in the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante, which will be run for the 52nd time today. Baffert has won the Debutante, the last Grade I race of the Del Mar meet, five of the last seven years and four of the last five.
August 22, 2002 |
It would be a complete shock if trainer Bob Baffert did not win today's second race at Del Mar. The question is whether he will win with Vindication, the 4-5 favorite, or 6-5 second choice Bull Market. Both colts were impressive breaking their maidens in their career debuts earlier in the meet and appear headed for bigger and better things. Owned by Padua Stable, Vindication, a son of the late, great Seattle Slew, was purchased for $2.15 million last year.
August 28, 2002 |
Even though the Pacific Classic escaped Bob Baffert--and, by the way, the start didn't get War Emblem beat on Sunday--the trainer has another Del Mar training title within reach. With 13 days left, Baffert, who has led every meeting here since 1997, holds a 19-14 edge over Bill Spawr, who was Del Mar's top trainer in 1994. Baffert has a chance to pad his advantage today with four lively entrants in three races.
November 8, 1998 |
Trainer Bob Baffert had won a $1-million Breeders' Cup race, but the $4.6-million race got away. Baffert's Silverbulletday won the Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs on Saturday, but at the end of the day, Silver Charm ran second in the Classic. With the defeat went Silver Charm's chances for horse of the year. "Silver Charm ran out of gas in the stretch," Baffert said. "We were on a roller-coaster to get here, and second in the Classic still isn't bad. Horses beat horses.
September 10, 2000 |
Caffe Latte's come-from-behind, 1 1/4-length win in Saturday's $400,000 Ramona Handicap was a record-setting run on all fronts. Caffe Latte's time of 1:47 for 1 1/8 miles on grass was the fastest running ever for the Ramona, which became a turf race in 1970. Moreover, the Irish-bred filly gave Bob Baffert his 11th stakes win at the meet, enabling the silver-haired trainer to break the record he set in 1998 and equaled last year.
July 23, 2003 |
There are certain givens about opening day at Del Mar. The first race always begins in front of a boisterous grandstand, the second is always on turf, and the Oceanside Stakes is always run in divisions. In the last four years, there has been another certainty at the seaside track: Bob Baffert, who has led the Del Mar trainer standings for six consecutive summers, has won the first 2-year-old race of the meet.
September 6, 2003 |
Bob Baffert is on his way to winning another training title at Del Mar. Well clear of Jeff Mullins and John Sadler, each of whom have a better winning percentage, Baffert will have the most victories for a record-tying seventh consecutive year. Farrell Jones was the top trainer annually from 1960-66. However, Baffert has struggled in stakes races. Dirty Diana provided him his only stakes victory of the meet by winning the ungraded CTBA on July 25.
August 14, 2005 |
The $150,000 Best Pal Stakes, which will be run today at Del Mar, has belonged to trainer Bob Baffert in recent years. Baffert has won the Grade II for 2-year-olds four of the last five years and five of the last seven and has the probable favorite today in the 6 1/2 -furlong contest. What a Song, a $1.9-million purchase earlier this year at Barretts by Baffert for owners Bob and Beverly Lewis, will try to stay perfect in three starts when he takes on only four opponents in the Best Pal.
November 20, 2001 |
The California Horse Racing Board's case against trainer Bob Baffert, one of whose horses tested positive for morphine after a race at Hollywood Park last year, was dismissed Monday by a federal judge in Los Angeles. Judge Dickran Tevrizian ruled that Baffert, the country's leading trainer in purses since 1998, had been denied due process when Truesdail Laboratories, the state's testing facility, destroyed the horse's blood sample before it could be tested.
August 26, 2001 |
If trainer Bob Baffert is able to win today's $250,000 Del Mar Debutante for the fourth time in the last five years, he's going to have to beat his former assistant, Eoin Harty. And it won't be easy. Harty, who trains privately for Godolphin Racing, will send out 3-5 favorite Tempera in the seven-furlong Grade I. A daughter of A.P.