Horse Racing

Baffert, Owner Looking for more ‘Memorial’ in Zenyatta

This summer at Del MarHall of Fame coach Bob Baffert teamed up with longtime owners Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman to win three classified shares: Best Pal Stakes (G3) with Havnameltdown Torrey Pines Stakes (G3) with Midnight Memories and Runhappy Del Mar Futurity (G1) with Stone cave .

They now aim to successfully continue their holdings in Santa Anita . Park in the first part of Autumn Encounter. They are represented by Azul Coast and Refunded in Awesome Again Stock on October 1 (G1), Midnight Memories in Zenyatta Stock on October 2 (G2), and Speedboat Beach in Speakeasy Stakes, there is a race after Zenyatta on the Sunday card.

At 1/16 mile, the $200,000 Zenyatta marks the longest race in Midnight Memories’ short three-year career. When she first routed a Torrey Pines mile on September 4, she showed no signs of slowing down, setting the pace and pushing back bids from the much-loved Desert dawn in the stretch to win by three quarters of the length.


Ramon Vazquez, aboard the Torrey Pines, is back at the ironing board.

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Torrey Pines isn’t her only flagship endeavor. Not ranked #2, Midnight Memories scored at 6:30 p.m. release after April 30 in Santa Anita, and overcame a rough start to narrowly claim the tier one option claim on May 5. 6. Her first and only loss after that, though it was far from a poor attempt to finish third in a quick six-part allowance option claimant on July 28 at Del Mar .

Blinkers, added to that start, were dropped by Baffert for Torrey Pines, a race limited to 3-year-olds. She is a 3 eater without blinking.

Zenyatta will be her first start against older fillets and mares in a stake race, though Midnight Memories has previously faced elders in no-stakes competitions. Baffert has won Zenyatta four times, most recently with Private mission in 2021.

Raised by her owners in Kentucky, Midnight Memories is Competently get out Midnight Lute mare Midnight Tiz who was trained by Baffert to successfully grade shares for three ownership partners.

Soothsay , one of the top-filling 3-year-olds in California in the first half of 2021, will improve when he starts for the first time at just 4 years old. Being away from home for nearly 13 months, the 4-year-old daughter of Distorted humor on distant Wednesday at Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (G1) in Del Mar on August 6.

Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella has since put together a series of workouts, first in Del Mar and then in Santa Anita for the second start of her current form cycle. that. Mike Smith is back on the boat, who won the Santa Anita Oaks (G2) and Indiana Oaks (G3) in 2021, the latter of which was her lone start outside of her California base. She also ran second to Crazy beautiful in Summertime Oaks (G2) at Santa Anita.

Bred in Kentucky by Raydelz Externally Stable Bernardini mare Passion Soothsay races are open to owners Perry Bass II, Ramona Bass, Adele Dilschneider and Waddell Hancock II.

Three others compete in Zenyatta: triple ranking Awake At Midnyte and small bet winner Empire House and Samurai Charm . The latter has twice been on the board in classified events in June and July.

Item: Zenyatta S. (G2)

Santa Anita . ParkSunday, October 2, 2022, Race 4

  • Level II
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dust
  • 200,000 dollars
  • 3 yo & up Fillies and Mares
  • 2:38pm (local)


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