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2023 Santa Anita Oaks Replay | Faiza Crushes Foes, But Kentucky Oaks Points Go Unrewarded
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2023 Santa Anita Oaks Replay | Faiza Crushes Foes, But Kentucky Oaks Points Go Unrewarded

Faiza won the 2023 Santa Anita Oaks (G2) at Santa Anita Park, a major 100-point prep race for the Kentucky Oaks (G1). However, due to trainer Bob Baffert’s ongoing suspension from the Kentucky Oaks & the Kentucky Derby, Faiza was not eligible for any points. Did anyone else emerge from this race as a legitimate Oaks threat? Tell us YOUR thoughts in the Comments section!

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The track press release:



            FLAVIEN PRAT, FAIZA, WINNER: “She keeps improving race after race. Baffert and I felt she was going to have a good run today, and she absolutely did! She jumped well out of the gate and got into a good position, and from there got the job done.”


       BOB BAFFERT, FAIZA, WINNER: “She was really feeling it today. I could tell, she’s been really quiet and today she was on her toes. She was coming into the race perfectly. The track today is fast and they are just bouncing over it. I worked her on this kind of track and it was probably one of her best works ever. She’s getting better and better and improving. Prat has always told me she does just enough to get by, I told him she would do more today. I’ve never seen her so sharp. Michael Lund has been a great supporter of mine. We had Gamine and he’s gotten spoiled now with Faiza. It’s good to have her in the mix.”


            MICHAEL LUND PETERSEN, FAIZA, WINNER: “I’m very excited. Five out of five that’s more than you ever dream about. It’s very nice being on day like this and winning a race. It makes it all worth it. There’s a reason why I have my horses with him (Bob Baffert) he is the best horse trainer in the world.”