It was Candy Ride day at Hollywood Park on Saturday, with both Grade 2 stakes races — the $284,000 Swaps and $150,000 A Gleam Handicap — being won by offspring of the 2003 Pacific Classic winner.
Misremembered helped trainer Bob Baffert forget about the disappointing career-ending injury to Pioneerof the Nile, if just for a few moments, by going gate to wire in the Swaps, giving Baffert a record-tying fourth win in the race (D. Wayne Lukas also has four). Baffert also won with Captain Steve (2000), Congaree (2001) and During (2003).
“It’s exciting to have a horse like this,” Baffert said of Misremembered, who has won three of five and gave the trainer his first victory as a breeder. “It looks like distance is not a problem, and he’s getting better. Hopefully, we’ll keep him healthy and he’ll get better with age.”
Baffert, who says he’s had terrible luck as a breeder, doesn’t know what’s next for the talented colt who is co-owned by his wife, Jill. He joked that he was in shock and had no definitive plans for the horse.
“You don’t know how much money I’ve wasted, how many hundered of thousands of dollars (in breeding),” he said. “I’ve never bred a horse like this (Misremembered). All our horses are terrible.”
Baffert said his exceptional sprinter Zensational could race next in the $300,000 Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 8 if his workouts indicate he likes the Polytrack surface. The $300,000 Grade I Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar on Sept. 6 is also a possibility as he points the colt to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 7 at Santa Anita. Baffert has won the past two Breeders’ Cup Sprints with Midnight Lute.
Trainer John Sadler was pleased with Evita Argentina’s come-from-behind victory in the seven-furlong A Gleam, seeing as though she trailed the field early on before unleashing the usual closing kick she shows in sprints. She’s now three for six at seven furlongs.
“Keeneland (seven-furlong Beaumont Stakes on April 8) didn’t work out for her too well, but she came out of that race with a bruised foot, so she had an excuse,” said Sadler, who will finish the meet second, well behind Doug O’Neill in the race for top trainer, but won his meet-high seventh stakes.
He said Evita Argentina will probably go next in the 6 1/2-furlong Rancho Bernardo Handicap for fillies and mares at Del Mar on Sept. 4, saying, “We’ll see how that track plays down there. If it plays for closers, that will help her.”
“I’m hoping she’ll be nice and strong by the fall for the Breeders’ Cup (Filly and Mare Sprint),” Sadler said.