Bob Baffert at Saratoga - Photo by Courtney Heeney/Coglianese Photography You’ve probably heard the talk—the talk of how trainer Bob Baffert has become essentially unbeatable with his two-year-olds. Maybe “unbeatable” is a bit of a stretch, but it isn’t far from the truth either. In 2018, Baffert’s two-year-olds compiled an otherworldly 32-for-62 record—that’s 52% wins—and when you consider that Baffert frequently runs two horses against each other, his record for the year was nothing short of jaw-dropping. So [...]
It's Horseplayer Thursday and we're thrilled to welcome in Jose Contreras to talk Los Alamitos, Quarter horse handicapping, and his top 3 tacos of 2018.
There’s no such thing as a “can’t lose” proposition in the sport of horse racing, though if we’re being honest, #2 Galilean looks to be pretty close to a certain winner of Sunday’s $100,000 King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos. This one-mile race for California-breds—won in 2013 by the future Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome—has attracted seven entrants, but on paper Galilean is a clear standout. Conditioned by the Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Galilean opened his career in [...]
We look back at the weekend action including a pair of Grade 1 events at Los Alamitos, Louisiana Championship Day at Fair Grounds, Clasico de Carribe at Gulfstream Park, and more!
Improbable winning the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) - © Benoit Photo Trainer Bob Baffert is well accustomed to wheeling and dealing with expensive horses. Triple Crown winner Justify cost $500,000. Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Arrogate cost $560,000. Two of Baffert’s flashy maiden winners this year cost $925,000 and $625,000. But some of Baffert’s best runners this season have been quite inexpensive by those standards, and that includes Improbable, who sold for just $200,000 at the 2017 Keeneland [...]
Improbable winning the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) - © Benoit Photo Question—which horse is the most talented two-year-old currently residing in the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert? Prior to the running of the December 8th Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (gr. I) at Los Alamitos, most racing fans would have quickly answered Game Winner, the three-time Grade 1 winner and probable champion two-year-old male of 2018. But then Baffert sent out Improbable to crush the [...]
We start our look ahead to the weekend including discussing the pair of Grade 1 events at Los Alamitos this weekend for the juvenile runners as well as the Classico de Caribe at Gulfstream Park. Then the BARN Jury come on to check in after a brief hiatus.
Improbable winning the Street Sense Stakes - Coady Photography Just how many times has the Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert won the $300,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I), which will be renewed for the 38th time on December 8th? Well, technically, Baffert has never lost the Los Alamitos Futurity. Since the race was moved to Los Alamitos in 2014, Baffert has prevailed in every edition, and he also won the race six times during its glory days at [...]
Tomorrow marks the first of three Saturday afternoon cards at Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, California before the Southern California circuit heads south to Del Mar. The 9-race slate does not include graded stakes action like the next two Saturday cards will with the Grade 2 Great Lady M on July 7th and the Grade 3 Los Alamitos Derby on July 14th, but it does offer some solid wagering opportunities. Amongst them is the always-popular late Pick 4. Here [...]