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Friday, September 27, 2019
Eight Rings capped a Grade 1 double for Bob Baffert on Friday at Santa Anita with his commanding six-length win in the $300,000 American Pharoah S. (G1)...
Friday, September 27, 2019
Bob Baffert won the $300,000 Chandelier S. (G1) at Santa Anita Park for a record 11th time on Friday when the dynamic filly Bast out-dueled Comical to win by a neck...
Friday, September 20, 2019
Quality Response, a dominating debut winner in a Sept. 1 Del Mar maiden special weight, backed up that performance with another emphatic score in the Sept. 19 Phone Chatter S...
 
Hoppertunity cruises in Tokyo City Cup (G3)
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Hoppertunity, a veteran campaigner who is a favorite in Bob Baffert's barn, got back to his winning ways on Sunday at Santa Anita with a 6 1/2-length score in the $100,000 Tokyo City Cup (G3).

Though Hoppertunity had won over $4 million and had six graded stakes wins to his credit, the 7-year-old was winless since February, 2017 before Sunday.

Stretched out to 1 1/2-miles in the Tokyo City for the first time, Hoppertunity handled the challenge with ease. Last early, he steadily moved up closer and took the lead for good with about a half-mile to run and was never threatened in the stretch as he won eased up under Flavien Prat.

“This horse really needed a win badly, he's been going against all of these really tough horses the last couple of years,” said Baffert. “Sometimes, you do this, show them a win and you can see a change. I could see he was really enjoying himself. He is a barn favorite, everyone loves Hopper. You can tell the crowd was getting into it.” 

Owned by Baffert's long-time clients Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman, Hoppertunity has now amassed $4,407,025, with seven graded stakes victories to his credit.

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