Bob Baffert Stable Tour

The legendary trainer has a sextet of starters in Lexington including the trio of Improbable, Maximum Security and Authentic in the $6 million Classic, a contest he has captured on three occasions.

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Bob Baffert is a two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer and he ranks first among all trainers in purse money won in the Breeders’ Cup with $30,065,000. He has won 15 BC races including the Classic three times and the Juvenile four times, Baffert is expected to have six runners in this year’s two-day event at Keeneland, including three in the Classic.

Watch the 2020 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland live on Sky Sports Racing (Sky 415 | Virgin 535) on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November.

PRINCESS NOOR (Juvenile Fillies): A $1.35 million two-year-old-in-training purchase in April, this Not This Time filly has won all three of her starts by a combined 17 1-4 lengths including the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante and the Grade 2 Chandelier, the latter at 1 1-16 miles.

“She worked like a superstar when we bought her, to me she’s run like a superstar, she’s done everything in second gear,” Baffert said. “I don’t think the two turns is going to be a problem for her, she can go to the lead or she can sit off the pace, she can do it all. She’s a really talented filly and she has the looks to go with it.”

Victor Espinoza, who rode American Pharoah for Baffert, rides Princess Noor.

CLASSIER (Juvenile):  Son of Empire Maker just won his first career-race on October 24th in front-running fashion, covering 6 1-2 furlongs in 1:16.94. Baffert pre-entered two days later to give him some options but ultimately opted to enter him.

“He was impressive, he was working well,” Baffert said. “I didn’t like breaking from the one hole, I was surprised he showed as much speed as he did, but he’s got a big, long stride and can jump a long way. It’s a little close, but he’s got a great foundation under him. The favorite (Jackie’s Warrior) has been impressive but going two turns you never know how they’re going to react.”

GAMINE (Filly and Mare Sprint): Was a powerhouse in winning the Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont in June and the Grade 1 Test at Saratoga in August, both races conducted around one turn. She flopped in the Kentucky Oaks at 1 1-8 miles, finishing third, but is now back to a one-turn configuration in the seven-furlong Filly and Mare Sprint.

“The six weeks is going to help her a lot, she got light on me going into the Oaks,” Baffert said. “She’s doing really well right now, she looks great, she looks happy.

“If Monomoy Girl wasn’t in the Distaff I wouldn’t be afraid to try her two turns again,” Baffert added. “I know one turn, she’s really brilliant.”

AUTHENTIC (Classic): A three-year-old son of Into Mischief, he’s won five of seven career starts including the Kentucky Derby, where he upset Tiz the Law. Most recently, he was beaten a neck by the powerhouse filly Swiss Skydiver in the Preakness.

“He’s a quirky guy, he didn’t go on with it in the Preakness,” Baffert said. “He had to make the lead by the time we got to the turn and when he got next to Thousand Words he stayed with him. They were going slow enough but he can’t be ridden that way. This horse wants to do the running early.”

Baffert said Authentic was “blowing pretty good” after the Preakness.

“The only two times when he’s come back blowing hard were that and the Santa Anita Derby where he wasn’t allowed to run early,” Baffert said.

Authentic finished second in the Santa Anita Derby.

IMPROBABLE (Classic): This four-year-old son of City Zip comes into the Classic have won three consecutive Grade 1 races, including a 4 1-2-length victory over Maximum Security in the Awesome Again at Santa Anita.

Plagued by gate issues early in his career, Improbable has simply matured as a four-year-old.

“A lot of it was mental, I think he’s maturing now, he’s growing into his frame,” Baffert said. “He’s such a beautiful mover. He covers a lot of ground and he jumps a long way and just finally his mind his catching up to his body.”

His only loss in four starts this year came to Tom’s d’Etat in the Oaklawn Mile, his first start off a six-month layoff.

“Every race he’s run this year has been really strong,” Baffert said. “The only bad race he had was when I started him at Oaklawn. Drayden (Van Dyke) said he took the blame for that one. He said ‘I moved too early and when he got out there, he was just lost. If I would have waited longer, he would have won.’ “

MAXIMUM SECURITY (Classic): Star-crossed colt came to Baffert’s care earlier this year after trainer Jason Servis was charged by federal authorities with attempting to administer illegal drugs to his horses.

Maximum Security won the Grade 2 San Diego and Grade 1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar before finishing a distant second to Improbable in the Awesome Again. Baffert doesn’t believe Maximum Security liked the track at Santa Anita that afternoon.

Also, the Awesome Again was Maximum Security’s third race in nine weeks. He will have six weeks from the Awesome Again to the Breeders’ Cup.

“I think that little extra time is going to help him,” Baffert said. “He’s doing really well now, he’s getting over the ground nice, he looks healthy. He should be coming into it pretty well.”

Watch the 2020 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland live on Sky Sports Racing (Sky 415 | Virgin 535) on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November.

Bob Baffert Stable Tour
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