Horse Racing

Defunded’s versatility can aid gold cup efforts

Now run earlier out of money demonstrated versatility when coming from behind, coach Bob Baffert has even more power for the 1/4 mile Hollywood Gold Cup (G1) on May 29 at Santa Anita. Coming in second at last year’s Gold Cup, Defunded will attempt to claim their fourth win since last October and are expected to meet five others, including the Baffert-trained one. national grammar .

Defunded took the lead during the Great Back Stake (G1) on October 1st and scrambled for an early lead to win the Natives Stake (G3) on November 27th, but due to a untimed step back at the starting gate as soon as the starter pressed the button during the Californian Stakes (G2) match on April 22, Defunded had a chance to show Baffert and driver Juan Hernandez that he could run on the field. but still go home. on top of.

“He’s not rated – that’s the main thing,” Baffert said. “He just needs to relax. Now we know he can get the same back.”

Baffert only vividly remembers how tough the 2-year-old Defunded was, especially in the gate. A 5-year-old son of Called in , Defunded is “due and perfected,” says Baffert. Despite being a millionaire, Defunded, who would bring Hernandez back from 4th place, doesn’t boast the biggest bankroll in the Gold Cup arena — or even in his own barn.

Country Grammer, mainly through trips to Dubai and Saudi Arabia, earns more than the entire Gold Cup sector combined — more than five times, in fact. Winner of the Dubai 2022 World Championship (G1) and two-time runner-up in the Saudi Arabian Cup (G1), Country Grammer has a lifetime earnings of $14,897,320.

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With San Antonio Stakes (G2) on December 26 as his last win, Country Grammer most recently finished seventh at this year’s Dubai World Cup behind the Saudi Cup. The gold trophy will be the first start of those journeys for my 6-year-old son tone artist and Flavien Prat about to ride him from the tracks.

New Mexico-based coach Todd Fincher has joined Senator Buscador in the Gold Cup. Senor Buscador has acquired a stake in Churchill Downs, Remington ParkAnd Sunland Park and most recently placed fourth in the Oaklawn Handicap (G2). Authority won that race, with the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) winner in 2023 quiet boy the third day. Stilleto Boy was not nominated or entered the Gold Cup.

Fincher assigned Luis Saez to ride Senor Buscador from the 2nd position. The 5-year-old son of mines , Senor Buscador has only raced 10 times. He missed 16 months after fifth place in the 2021 Risen Star Stakes (G2) due to a chip in his ankle and subsequent injury.

In the first start, Senor Buscador won the allowance race at Lonely Star Park. Then he ran twice at Del Mar last summer, with a seven-part Pat O’Brien Stakes (G2) third. This will be Senor Buscador’s first attempt at 1 1/4 mile.

Yes this time , who has won 5 races in a row, including 2 races, in the East in 2021, will have the service of driver Kazushi Kimura from 3rd place to coach Mark Glatt. Yes This Time, which has been in Glatt’s warehouse since earlier this year, is playing out for seconds at a time in the pension company.

Kiss goodbye today 2020 San Antonio winners and grant winners pi-li field round. Hector Berrios will ride Kiss Today Farewell to coach Eric Kruljac from lesson 6. Michael McCarthy trains Piroli, who will be ridden by Kent Desormeaux from lesson 5.

Item: Hollywood S. Gold Cup (G1)

Santa Anita . ParkMonday, May 29, 2023, Race 8

  • Grade I
  • 1 1/4m
  • dust
  • 400,000 USD
  • 3 years old and up
  • 4:30pm (local)


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