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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...
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Mucho Gusto set off the pace before taking the lead with a quarter-mile to run and drew off in the stretch to win the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis (G3) by nearly five lengths...
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Justify's historic Triple Crown and undefeated season in 2018 earned the colt both Horse of the Year and champion Male 3-year-old honors at Thursday evening's Eclipse Awards...
 
Klimt sparkles in Best Pal S. (G2)
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Klimt's commanding 2 3/4-length victory in Saturday's $200,000 Best Pal S. (G2) set the Kaleem Shah colt up for a shot at the Sept. 5 Del Mar Futurity (G1), a race Bob Baffert already has won a record 12 times.

Baffert now has a record eight winners in the Best Pal, with four of them – Worldly Manner, Flame Thrower, Officer and Lookin At Lucky – going on to win the Futurity.

The 6 1/2-furlong Best Pal set up as a two-horse race, with Big League setting the pace and Klimt pursuing just off his flank on the outside. The two were on even terms with a  quarter-mile to run, and after going side-by-side for a furlong, Klimt forged to the front and won going away in 1:16.11. on a fast main track.

“I was disappointed (a fourth in his first start) and thought that maybe he’s just a grass horse,” said Baffert. But he came back, won his next one (July 10 maiden by 5 ¼ at Santa Anita), and he’s worked really well here. He’s always shown that he’s a horse that’s going to go farther. It was a good race, they didn’t go too fast. The kind of race you want to see. The Futurity is next. That’s the plan.” 

Baffert 2013