Show Trip and Hozier were to be flown back to their Southern California base Sunday, a day after ending up 1-2, respectively, in Oaklawn’s $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds, continuing Hall of Popularity fitness instructor Bob Baffert’s stranglehold on the significant Kentucky Derby preparation race.
Accompanied by Jimmy Barnes, Baffert’s primary assistant, Show Trip and Hozier left the barn location at roughly 9 a.m. (Central) and vanned 57 miles to Little Rock’s Clinton National Airport for a Tex Sutton Horse Air Transport flight.
Both horses left the 1 1/16- mile Rebel in great order, Barnes stated prior to training hours Sunday early morning outside the Royal Sparkle barn, which house horses for Hall of Popularity fitness instructor D. Wayne Lukas. Baffert’s horses usually deliver into Lukas’ barn at Oaklawn.
Show Trip ($ 5.40) stayed unbeaten in 3 life time begins with a front-running 4 1/4- length success under routine rider Joel Rosario. It was Baffert’s record-extending 8th Rebel success and 16 th in a Kentucky Derby preparation race at Oaklawn– all given that 2010.
” To me, it was type of an American Pharoah-type run,” Baffert, through phone, stated about 20 minutes following the race. “He was doing it with ease, with plenty left.”
American Pharoah, naturally, is the determining stick for Baffert’s growing list of Rebel winners, taking the 2015 edition by 6 1/4 front-running lengths in his 3-year-old launching prior to sweeping the Triple Crown. Baffert likewise won the Rebel in 2010 (Lookin At Lucky), 2011 (The Aspect), 2012 (Secret Circle), 2014 (Hoppertunity), 2016 (Cupid) and 2020 (Nadal).
Baffert has actually had at least one Rebel starter every year given that his very first in 2010. He has actually assembled an 8-4-1 mark from 15 beginners, with his horses making an eye-popping $3,971,000 in cash prize.
” It’s incredible,” Barnes stated. “Our horses, they match this track. They run well over it. We simply took it to them the other day, early. If they were going to beat us, they were going to need to pass us.”
Show Trip, who was making his two-turn launching, had the ability to clear rapid even-money preferred Caddo River from post 7 entering into the very first turn and set comfy portions of:23.42 for the opening quarter-mile,:47.53 for a half-mile and 1:12 for three-quarters. Caddo River, after breaking from the rail, was glued to Show Trip’s flank on the outdoors down the backstretch and tried for the lead late on the 2nd turn. However Show Trip had another equipment, opened 4 lengths in midstretch and cruised house under little prompting. Winning time over a fast lane was 1:43.18.
” Extremely positive,” Rosario stated. “I simply took a look at his ears and understood he was really pleased what he was doing. Each time that horse pertained to him, he simply removed. Extremely great horse.”
Show Trip, a homebred for Gary and Mary West, got an initial Beyer Speed Figure of 94– equating to a profession high– for his Rebel success. The child of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense likewise got a 94 Beyer for his half-length success in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (G2) Feb. 6 at Santa Anita in his previous start.
Show Trip made 50 points for his Rebel success to rise to No. 4 on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, according to Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Derby is restricted to 20 beginners, with beginning choice offered to horses with the acme amounts to made in designated races like the Rebel. Hozier, leaving a Feb. 15 first success at Santa Anita, is No. 12 with 20 points. The Rebel was Oaklawn’s 3rd Kentucky Derby points race.
” These horses are simply beginning to come around at the correct time,” Baffert stated. “That’s what you desire.”
Baffert was noncommittal on whether Show Trip and/or Hozier would go back to Oaklawn for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 10. Baffert has actually won the Arkansas Derby 3 times– Bodemeister in 2012, American Pharoah in 2015 and in 2015’s 2nd department with Nadal.
” We’ll get them back here and see how they are,” Baffert stated. “I do not make that call up until about 2 weeks previously.”
The existence of another leading possibility in Baffert’s barn, Life Is Excellent, will unquestionably affect the choice. Life Is Excellent, like Show Trip, is 3 for 3, a two-time graded stakes winner and reproduced by the Wests.
” It’s a great issue to have,” Barnes stated.
Next-race strategies are pending for in your area based Caddo River and Keepmeinmind, their particular fitness instructors stated Sunday early morning.
Caddo River, a homebred for John Ed Anthony of Hot Springs, completed fifth after a front-running 10 1/4- length success in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 22. The Smarty Jones was Oaklawn’s very first of 4 Kentucky Derby points races.
” He appears to be OKAY,” fitness instructor Brad Cox. “At the 3, 3 1/2 (pole), it appeared like he type of varied up, however could not manage. Simply unsatisfactory. I do not have a great deal of reasons today.”
Cox stated he will talk with Anthony prior to making any choice about Caddo River’s next start. Anthony has actually won the Arkansas Derby a record 3 times (1980, 1987 and 1992).
Fitness instructor Robertino Diodoro stated Keepmeinmind (6th) will be thought about for the Arkansas Derby and the $800,000 Blue Lawn Stakes (G2) April 3 at Keeneland. Keepmeinmind was making his 3-year-old launching after concluding 2020 with a last-to-first success in the $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs.
” Not making reasons, however I was worried about the track,” Diodoro stated. “It began drying up throughout the week. You see Thursday’s times, you see Friday’s times and the other day, and even enjoying training, it was getting to resemble the interstate. I believe one horse, C Z Rocket, who blew up down the lane (Saturday’s $200,000 Hot Springs Stakes), besides that, I never ever saw a horse win if they weren’t within 3 lengths of the lead Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Extremely dissatisfied. I understand he’s a much better horse than what he revealed the other day.”
Diodoro stated a choice about Keepmeinmind’s next start must be available in the next number of days.
The Arkansas Derby will use 170 points (100-40-20-10, respectively) to the leading 4 finishers towards beginning eligibility for the Kentucky Derby. Keepmeinmind (18) ranks No. 14 on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.
The Baffert-trained Spielberg, runner-up in the $750,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 27 at Oaklawn, has 17 indicate rank No. 15. Caddo River (10) is No. 24.
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