Improbable Stands Out in Rebel Stakes Division #1

Improbable winning the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) - © Benoit Photo He's 3-5 on the morning line, which says something about how much will be expected of #9 Improbable when he makes his much-anticipated three-year-old debut in the first division of Saturday’s $750,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park. Trained by Bob Baffert, who has won the Rebel six times since 2010, Improbable is undefeated in three starts and hasn’t been challenged in his two stakes [...]

Mucho Gusto Shows New Dimension in Robert B. Lewis Stakes

Mucho Gusto winning the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) - © Benoit Photo Everyone knows that Mucho Gusto is fast, but on Saturday the son of Mucho Macho Man revealed a new dimension to his racing ability, settling off the pace before producing a strong finish to win the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita in dominant fashion. Over a sloppy, sealed track that was playing fast all day, the once-beaten Bob Baffert-trained [...]

Gunmetal Gray Rallies to Victory in Sham Stakes

Gunmetal Gray winning the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita - © Benoit Photo When the dust settled in the aftermath of Saturday’s $100,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita, racing fans were surely left scratching their heads over one of the strangest Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races in recent memory. Much of the pre-race hype centered around Bob Baffert’s promising debut winner Coliseum, a quirky son of Tapit who started as the overwhelming 3-5 favorite. [...]