Check out all the latest podcasts including Blinkers Off and The Magic Mike Show
Check out all the big upcoming stakes races
Magic recaps Newgrange winning Saturday’s Sham Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita Park, a Kentucky Derby (G1) prep race awarding points on a 10-4-2-1 basis to the top 4 finishers (unless trained by Bob Baffert, whose runners finished 1-2). Magic also discusses who he likes moving forward, including any potential price plays.
Sign up for exclusive 10% discount on orders, plus be the first to access our daily free and premium horse racing picks, articles, podcasts, and more!
The track press release:
How hum. Another year, another bevy of Bob Baffert Derby prospects. That was the storyline at Santa Anita on Saturday, as Baffert runners Newgrange and Rockefeller ran one-two throughout in the Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile, giving him three consecutive wins in the Sham and eight overall. Ridden to victory by John Velazquez, who collected his third stakes win on the fourth day of the meet, Newgrange, who slowed things down nicely, prevailed by 2 ¾ lengths and got the distance in 1:38.32.
With post time favorite Rockefeller drawn to his immediate outside, the Baffert pair were hustled from the gate but quickly settled into nice rhythm, with Newgrange maintaining a one length advantage leaving the three furlong pole and he was in complete command turning for home.
The third choice at 5-2, Newgrange, who was a first-out maiden winner going six furlongs under Velazquez Nov. 28 at Del Mar, paid $7.40.
No match for his stablemate late, Rockefeller held off a fast finishing Oviatt Class by a nose for second and paid $2.60 and $2.20 as the 3-2 favorite with Flavien Prat.
In an encouraging performance, Oviatt Class finished well into slow splits and acts like a colt who could improve with added distance for trainer Keith Desormeaux. Ridden by his brother Kent, Oviatt Class was off at 4-1 and paid $2.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 24.46, 48.94, 1:12.84 and 1:25.27.
Although any Baffert runners are not now eligible for Kentucky Derby qualifying points, the conditions of the race state that the winner is to receive 10 points, second, four, third, two points and the fourth place finisher, Mackinnon, one point.
The Racing Dudes preview and give picks for Monday’s $500,000… Read More
The Magic Mike Show guys preview & give their tickets… Read More
Aaron and Papa Dude get serious this week, exploring and… Read More
The Racing Dudes preview and give picks for Saturday’s $1.5… Read More
Aaron previews the 2023 Shoemaker Stakes (G1) from Santa Anita… Read More
Aaron previews the 2023 Hollywood Gold Cup (G1) from Santa… Read More
Aaron previews the 2023 Gamely Stakes (G1) from Santa Anita… Read More
Mike previews the 2023 Winning Colors Stakes (G3) from Churchill… Read More
Looking to cash in big?