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Saturday, January 16, 2021
Authentic and Improbable, both trained by Bob Baffert, were named 2020 Horse of the Year Eclipse Award finalists when the nominees were announced Saturday...
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Qahira got her first stakes win on Jan. 10 when the Bob Baffert trainee won the $75,000 Kalookan Queen S. at Santa Anita Park...
Sunday, January 3, 2021
Kalypso topped a terrific weekend for the Bob Baffert stable with a sharp score in Sunday’s $200,000 Santa Ynez S. (G2)...
 
Kingly rules in California Derby
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Clearview Stables, RAC 04 Racing and Michael Meegan's Kingly held off a stiff challenge by Visitant to win the $100,000 California Derby Saturday at Gold Gate Fields [WATCH RACE].

After finishing second to a very good horse in Anothertwistafate in the El Camino Real Derby in February, Kingly was sent away the favorite in Saturday's 1 1/16-mile contest. The son of Tapit was content to sit in second after Erlich sprinted to the lead and opened up by some six lengths in the first half-mile. 

Erlich began to slow suddenly entering the final turn, and Kingly swept past to take the top spot entering the homestretch. Despite Visitant's effort, Kingly held sway to win by a half-length in 1:42.73, less than a second from the track record of 1:42 flat.

“It worked out perfect,” said winning rider Mario Gutierrez. “He broke a step slow out of the gate. I was able to position him into a very nice spot in the first turn. From that point on, I was just waiting for the end to ride him.” 

Three-year-old Kingly has made just four starts for his connections, with a record of 2-2-0 and earnings of $123,200. The 3-year-old is out of Justwhistledixie and is a full brother to Bob Baffert's 2013 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner New Year's Day and a half-brother to multiple graded winner Mohaymen.

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