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Classic trio leads Baffert Breeders' Cup armada
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Bob Baffert's six Breeders' Cup entrants are a blend of 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and some of the top older horses in training. The six are entered in a total of four races across the Championship's two days of racing.

Friday's races are exclusively for the 2-year-olds, with Baffert having one each in the Juvenile Fillies (G1) and Juvenile (G1). 

In the female division, the undefeated and untested Princess Noor is the 9-5 morning line favorite. The Not This Time filly drew the outside post in a relatively small seven-horse field. Princess Noor, owned by Zedan Racing Stables, won both the Del Mar Debutante (G1) and Chandelier S. (G2) in blowout fashion and is a perfect three-for-three. The Juvenile Fillies is race 8 at 3:50 p.m. ET.

On the male side, the colt Classier will makes his stakes and two-turn debut just 13 days after breaking his maiden in style at Santa Anita Park. Classier sold for $775,000 to his owners SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Golconda Stables and Siena Farm at the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling sale. Classier drew post 8 in the 14 horse Juvenile, which goes as race 10 at 5:15 p.m. 

Turning to Saturday, the lightning-fast Gamine will face elders for the first time in the $1 million Filly and Mare Sprint. She drew post 2 of nine and was made the 7-5 favorite. She cuts back to one turn following a third in the Sept. 4 Kentucky Oaks (G1). Prior to that, she devastated her foes in both the Test S. (G1) and Acorn S. (G1), winning by a combined 25 lengths. Gamine races for Michael Lund Petersen. The F&M Sprint is race 4 at noon. 

Baffert's three Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) starters, Improbable, Authentic and Maximum Security, drew three three outside posts in the 10-horse field. Improbable, who is riding a three-race Grade 1 winning streak, is the morning-line favorite at 5-2. To his outside is Authentic, the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Haskell Inv. (G1) winner who has never been worse than second in seven starts. Widest of all is Maximum Security, whose only defeat in his last seven starts came at the hands of Improbable in the Sept. 26 Awesome Again S. (G1). The Classic is the 12th and final race Saturday, at 5:18 p.m. 

Baffert is currently the all-time leading Breeders' Cup trainer by purses won, with more than $30 million, and trails only Wayne Lukas by wins, with 15. 

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