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Saturday, February 16, 2019
Marley's Freedom 5-year-old debut in the $200,000 Santa Monica S. (G2) Feb. 16 at Santa Anita Park couldn't have been more impressive, winning by nearly two lengths over Selcourt...
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American Anthem dominates Woody Stephens S. (G2)
Saturday, June 10, 2017
American Anthem dominates Woody Stephens S. (G2)
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American Anthem got his second straight graded stakes win on Saturday with a commanding 3 1/4-length victory in the $500,000 Woody Stephens S. (G2) at Belmont Park.

For Bob Baffert, it was his third of fourth stakes victories on the day, and second in the Stephens. Eventual Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Bayern took the race in 2014.

Breaking fairly alertly under Mike Smith, American Anthem was well off the fence as he stalked the pace in fourth for the first half-mile. The son of Bodemeister powered to the lead while in the four path coming into the stretch, then opened up the lead before Smith geared him down late. 

The final time for the seven furlongs was 1:22.14.

β€œHe was moving around the turn but the wind picked up and, man, it's a big, bad headwind around the turn,” Smith explained. β€œI was out in the open and I just started getting my little body as low as I could just to kind of get through the wind. It was really slowing us. But once I got through it, boom, he took off.”

Owned by his breeder WinStar Farm in partnership with China Horse Club, S.F. Racing et al., American Anthem won the Laz Barrera S. (G3) in his prior start and is now 3-1-0 in six starts and has earned $389,545.

Baffert 2013