The winner of the 2010 Del Mar Futurity this summer might have won Sunday’s seventh race at Hollywood Park. His name is Smash, a $400,000 yearling purchase by Smart Strike, and he gave Baffert his seventh victory in 15 races this meet with first-time starters.
Smash was ridden by Baffert’s No. 1 guy, Martin Garcia, who had the colt just off the pace behind the pace-setting Doughboy and then took command in the stretch to cover the five furlongs on Cushion Track in 57.83 seconds as the 1-2 favorite.
Baffert’s stable is loaded right now, not only with all the good young horses he has but also with contenders for some of the big races coming up at the Del Mar Meet and then later in the year.
He has Richard’s Kid, third in the Hollywood Gold Cup, for the Pacific Classic and Breeders’ Cup Classic; E Z’s Gentleman for the Pat O’Brien and Bing Crosby sprints; and later in the year, after the 3-year-old classics are finished, Lookin At Lucky for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Yes, it’s good to be Bob Baffert right now.