Bob Baffert and Medina Spirit, the morning after the May 1 Kentucky Derby.
The rumors on the backstretch were too persistent to ignore. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, they said, was going to run Kentucky Derby winner (pending rulings and litigation) Medina Spirit in the $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes, a one-mile main track event for 3-year-olds here on August 29.
“There have been rumors about that horse since May 1,” Baffert said with a laugh this morning. “There has been a lot of talk about that horse.
“He’s going to breeze this week and I’ll know more after that. I go work-by-work with him. I’m looking at the Pennsylvania Derby, maybe as an option. (The question becomes) Do I give him a race here? I’m going to let him tell me, the horse will let me know.”
Medina Spirit was not among the 14 nominated for the Shared Belief by Thursday night’s deadline. Santa Anita Derby winner Rock Your World notably was, and trainer John Sadler said that will be the next assignment for the son of Candy Ride. Supplemental entries, at a cost of $1,000, can be made up to closing time of entries next Friday morning.
The $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, a 1 1/8-mile test for 3-year-olds, is set for September 25 at Parx, formerly Philadelphia Park, in Bensalem, Penn.
Classier, another of Baffert’s talented 3-year-olds, worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:11.00 this morning and will run here in either the Shared Belief or next Saturday’s $200,000 Grade 2 Pat O’Brien Stakes, a seven-furlong extended sprint for 3-year-olds and up.
Yet another Baffert standout, Gamine, worked six furlongs in 1:12.00 with an eye toward next week’s Ballerina at Saratoga and Baffert’s As Time Goes By, a winner of two stakes at the Santa Anita meeting, covered five furlongs in a bullet :58.80.
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