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June 6, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Bob Baffert, still without that elusive first Belmont Stakes win, felt that Charismatic's early pressure on Silverbulletday took his filly out of the race Saturday. Chris Antley, riding Charismatic, was never far behind Silverbulletday and jockey Jerry Bailey. "I didn't think he would do that," Baffert said. "I figured somebody was going to be close, but Jerry said he was with her the whole way. They would not let her take a breather. Our only advantage was to go out [front].
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August 13, 2000 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although the margin of victory didn't match any of her three stakes wins at Hollywood Park, Riboletta's owner, Aaron Jones, was more than impressed with the mare's expected success Saturday in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap. In fact, given the circumstances, he thought her fourth consecutive--and 11th lifetime victory--might have been the 5-year-old mare's best effort.
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June 21, 1999 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although the margin of victory was only a neck, Excellent Meeting showed why she is no worse than the second-best 3-year-old filly in the country behind Silverbulletday on Sunday at Hollywood Park. As the 7-10 favorite in the $125,000 Princess Stakes, Excellent Meeting, the daughter of General Meeting, looked beaten with a little more than an eighth of a mile to run but got up to beat 19-1 shot Colorado Song in 1:41 3/5 for the 1 1/16 miles.
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November 7, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Bob Baffert whitewash started early at Gulfstream Park Saturday, with Silverbulletday's ominous sixth-place finish in the $2-million Distaff. Silverbulletday, the best 3-year-old filly in the country this year, suffered her fourth loss in 18 starts while Beautiful Pleasure clinched year-end older filly and mare honors by winning the power-packed Distaff by three-quarters of a length over Banshee Breeze.
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April 29, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Bob Baffert indicated Wednesday night, at the post-position draw, that his filly, Excellent Meeting, will run in Saturday's Kentucky Derby. "She will run in the Derby," Baffert said, but left himself an out by adding: "I've been known to change my mind." A full field of 20 horses was drawn, with Excellent Meeting getting a favorable No. 6 post.
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August 13, 2000 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although the margin of victory didn't match any of her three stakes wins at Hollywood Park, Riboletta's owner, Aaron Jones, was more than impressed with the mare's expected success Saturday in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap. In fact, given the circumstances, he thought her fourth consecutive--and 11th lifetime victory--might have been the 5-year-old mare's best effort.
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May 1, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Bob Baffert said he had no regrets about not running Silverbulletday in the Kentucky Derby, but speculation won't go away after Friday's Kentucky Oaks, which turned into a cakewalk for the brilliant 3-year-old filly. Under a hand ride by Gary Stevens, Silverbulletday won the $551,000 Oaks by two lengths. In sunny, 70-degree weather, a crowd of 101,834 showed up at Churchill Downs, accounting for the largest non-Derby attendance at any track in North America.
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February 13, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Bob Baffert says his mind and Kentucky weather are a lot alike. "They both change about every six hours," Baffert said Friday. Silverbulletday, the best 2-year-old filly in the country last year, will be flown to New Orleans after all. Baffert said late Friday that last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner will make her 3-year-old debut next Saturday in the $125,000 Davona Dale Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race, at the Fair Grounds.
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April 4, 1999 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 14, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE
Trainer Bob Baffert confirmed Thursday that Silverbulletday, the second choice on the morning line for the $1-million Preakness, will run instead in today's $200,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. Silverbulletday drew an unfavorable outside post for the Preakness. Trainer Carl Nafzger is also expected to scratch Vicar from the Preakness because of his No. 13 post, which would leave 12 starters for Saturday's race.
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September 12, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This was Silverbulletday's first Belmont Park race since her seventh-place finish in the Belmont Stakes in June. This time the race was three-eighths of a mile shorter and there were no colts to contend with. After an erratic start Saturday, jockey Jerry Bailey moved the 3-year-old filly into contention, and at the end of 1 1/8 miles, Silverbulletday was a 1 3/4-length winner in the $200,000 Gazelle Handicap.
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August 22, 1999 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So much for odds-on favorites getting dusted in the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga in New York. Doing what Lakeway, Golden Bri, My Flag, Ajina and Manistique failed to do in the previous five years, Silverbulletday not only won the Grade I at 2-5, but she may have run the best race of her brilliant career.
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July 11, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before Saturday, trainer Bob Baffert had not won a race in New Jersey, or with River Keen. In coast-to-coast fashion, both voids were filled as Silverbulletday cantered to victory in the $242,500 Breeders' Cup Oaks at Monmouth Park, followed a few hours later by River Keen's win in the $125,000 Bel Air Handicap at Hollywood Park.
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June 21, 1999 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although the margin of victory was only a neck, Excellent Meeting showed why she is no worse than the second-best 3-year-old filly in the country behind Silverbulletday on Sunday at Hollywood Park. As the 7-10 favorite in the $125,000 Princess Stakes, Excellent Meeting, the daughter of General Meeting, looked beaten with a little more than an eighth of a mile to run but got up to beat 19-1 shot Colorado Song in 1:41 3/5 for the 1 1/16 miles.
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June 6, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Bob Baffert, still without that elusive first Belmont Stakes win, felt that Charismatic's early pressure on Silverbulletday took his filly out of the race Saturday. Chris Antley, riding Charismatic, was never far behind Silverbulletday and jockey Jerry Bailey. "I didn't think he would do that," Baffert said. "I figured somebody was going to be close, but Jerry said he was with her the whole way. They would not let her take a breather. Our only advantage was to go out [front].
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June 2, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 5:55 a.m. Tuesday, Charismatic and exercise rider Joanne McNamara, accompanied by trainer Wayne Lukas aboard his pony, Sage, circled in front of the gap leading to the track at Churchill Downs. They were waiting for training hours to begin. At 6 a.m., a gate man lifted the bar that was blocking the gap, and Charismatic went out for his final workout before Saturday's Belmont Stakes. The chestnut colt needs a win in New York to become the first Triple Crown champion in 21 years.
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May 26, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Silverbulletday turned in a blistering workout at Churchill Downs Tuesday, but trainer Bob Baffert is still undecided whether he'll throw her in against colts in the Belmont Stakes on June 5. Silverbulletday had been withheld from the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, where she won the Kentucky Oaks the day before, and scratched from the Preakness because of an outside post position at Pimlico, where she won the Black-Eyed Susan the day before. She had a six-furlong workout in 1:10 4/5.
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February 20, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 27, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending more than a week of speculation, trainer Bob Baffert said Wednesday that his filly Silverbulletday will run in the Belmont Stakes on June 5. Mike Pegram, who owns Silverbulletday, had left the decision up to Baffert, after the decisions not to run Silverbulletday in either the Kentucky Derby or Preakness. Charismatic, owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis, won those races and is going for the Triple Crown sweep.
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May 26, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Silverbulletday turned in a blistering workout at Churchill Downs Tuesday, but trainer Bob Baffert is still undecided whether he'll throw her in against colts in the Belmont Stakes on June 5. Silverbulletday had been withheld from the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, where she won the Kentucky Oaks the day before, and scratched from the Preakness because of an outside post position at Pimlico, where she won the Black-Eyed Susan the day before. She had a six-furlong workout in 1:10 4/5.
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