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Thousand Words digs deep to win Los Alamitos Futurity (G2)
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Thousand Words wins the Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) - Benoit photo
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Thousand Words was headed in deep stretch by Anneau d'Or, but fought back gallantly to best his foe by a neck in the $200,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) on Saturday afternoon.

It was Bob Baffert's 12th Futurity win, and as race four on the card, the Futurity kicked off a spectacular five-win day for Baffert, which also included a win in the Starlet (G1) with Bast.

The Futurity went to post with just four runners on the muddy racetrack. High Velocity, Baffert's second entry, took the lead and led his stablemate through a quick half-mile of :45.87. The duo were still one-two when Anneau d'Or joined them on the outside. The latecomer put his head in front with less than a furlong to run, but Thousand Words retook the lead in the final strides, with High Velocity finishing third.

“Los Alamitos has the best surface and everybody's happy to work here,” said Baffert. “To come here and win at my old stomping grounds is a big thing. Good to get a win like this with a colt like this, and I thought he was visually impressive today. I told [jockey Flavien] Prat before he ran that I thought I had found a good one for him for the [GI] Kentucky Derby next year.”

“[High Velocity] never really relaxed and was a little too keen early,” Baffert added.

Thousand Words is owned by Albaugh Family Stables and Spendthrift Farm, who purchased the son of the Baffert-trained Pioneerof the Nile for $1 million at the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling sale. Thousand Words' dam Pomeroys Pistol was a three-time graded stakes winner of $574,678.

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