Baffert eyeing Saudi Cup date for Charlatan

Trainer favouring February race over Pegasus World Cup.

  • Monday 11 January
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Bob Baffert is giving serious consideration to running Charlatan in the Saudi Cup on February 20.

Charlatan was a Grade One winner at Santa Anita on Boxing Day on his first outing for eight months, winning easily over seven furlongs.

Previously Charlatan had won a division of the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park, but he was subsequently disqualified after he tested positive for lidocaine.

His only other option is the Pegasus World Cup, which Baffert won last year with Mucho Gusto, but the trainer is favouring an overseas jaunt at present.

“That’s (Saudi Cup) the plan right now,” Baffert told www.bloodhorse.com.

“I’ve got another week to make up my mind, but he’d be coming back a little quick for the other race (the Pegasus on January 23) off a long layoff, and he ran so hard (in the Malibu), I worry about that.

“The thing I like about the Saudi race is it’s a one-turn mile-and-an-eighth and Charlatan is so fast.

“It’s a challenge, but it’s $20 million.”

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