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Sunday, June 16, 2019
Mucho Gusto won his fourth career graded stakes on Sunday at Santa Anita Park with a comfortable 2 1/4-length score over stablemate Roadster in the $100,000 Affirmed S. (G3)...
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Mucho Gusto cruised to a 3 1/4-length win in the $100,000 Laz Barrera S. (G3) at Santa Anita Park on Saturday afternoon...
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Saturday's 144th running of the Preakness S. (G1) drew a field of 13 3-year-olds vying for the second jewel of the Triple Crown...
 
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