July 16, 2003 |
Two sons of two Kentucky Derby winners trained by Bob Baffert are scheduled to make their debuts in today's sixth at Hollywood Park. Consecrate, a gray son of 1997 Derby winner Silver Charm, will break into the game for Baffert and owner James McIngvale, who teamed to win Sunday's Swaps with 8-1 longshot During. Baffert also will saddle Quiet Cash, a son of 1998 Derby hero Real Quiet, for owner-breeder Mike Pegram, who also raced the colt's sire.
May 13, 2006 |
Pisgah, who has begun 2006 by winning half of his six starts, will try to become a graded stakes winner in the $100,000 Bold Ruler Handicap today at Belmont Park. Owned by breeder Tavner Dunlap and trained by Scott Lake, the 5-year-old Good and Tough horse enters the Grade III off consecutive victories. He won a turf sprint at Gulfstream Park despite a stumbling start, then was dominant in an optional claimer on the dirt at Delaware Park on April 25.
May 12, 1995 |
Gary Stines and Nora Gaye have been going to the races for years, but there will be something special about their visit to Hollywood Park on Saturday. Stines, 44, and Gaye, 38, will be married in the winner's circle before the first race. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 12:05 p.m. "We're both longtime race fans," said Gaye, who, like her fiance, is from West Hills. "We've been going together for two years. We're (racetrack) regulars. We go every week, rain or shine.
April 23, 2004 |
Preachinathebar was declared out of the Kentucky Derby on Thursday after he worked six furlongs in 1:14 4/5 over a sloppy track at Churchill Downs. Trainer Bob Baffert said Preachinathebar was not training well enough to win the Derby on May 1. Preachinathebar, a son of Silver Charm, who won the Derby for Baffert in 1997, won the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 14. In a more recent start, however, he ran seventh, beaten by more than 30 lengths, in the Blue Grass at Keeneland.
February 20, 1999 |
Mike Pegram, who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness last year with Real Quiet, is open-minded about running his champion filly, Silverbulletday, in this year's Derby. "It's the owner who has the least say in this game," Pegram said. "But if it gets to be Wednesday of Derby week, and my two guys say we're dancin', then we'll be dancin'. I'll reach for the $30,000 [entry and starting fees] and put it up." Pegram's "two guys" are trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Gary Stevens.
April 4, 1999 |
A 1-2 finish in the Santa Anita Derby on Saturday wasn't the only good news for trainer Bob Baffert. Earlier, Silverbulletday won as expected in Kentucky, easily capturing the $544,000 Ashland at Keeneland. With Gary Stevens staying in California to ride General Challenge to victory in the Santa Anita Derby, Jerry Bailey picked up the mount on the Silver Deputy filly and all he had to do was point her in the right direction.
December 28, 1999 |
Bob Baffert became only the second trainer in history to win 20 Grade I races in a year when Hookedonthefeelin finished first in the $200,000 La Brea Stakes on Monday at Santa Anita. With no other Grade I races on the calendar, Baffert will fall shy of the record of 22 set by Wayne Lukas in 1987.
June 27, 2001 |
Captain Steve, the top money-earning thoroughbred in the country this year, will start in Sunday's $1 million Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park, trainer Bob Baffert confirmed Tuesday morning. Owned by Mike Pegram, the 4-year-old son of Fly So Free completed his preparation for the Grade I race with a five-furlong workout at Santa Anita. With exercise rider Dana Barnes aboard, Captain Steve was timed in 1:00 1/5 while working in company with Danthebluegrassman, another Baffert trainee.
September 27, 2001 |
The good news is that there is a stakes race on today's card, a rarity for a Thursday afternoon in Southern California. The bad news is that the contest is the $100,000 California Sires Stakes, a seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies bred in California. To be honest, none of the seven who are scheduled to run are worth the money they will be chasing. The 9-5 favorite is Icantgoforthat, a daughter of In Excess who has won one of two for owner Mike Pegram and trainer Bob Baffert.
June 16, 2005 |
When Preachinatthebar won an allowance race May 8, the victory ended a six-race losing streak for the 4-year-old. Before he defeated Melanyhasthepapers and three others as the 13-10 favorite, the gray son of Silver Charm had been winless since his nose victory over St Averil in the San Felipe on March 14, 2004, at Santa Anita.