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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)...
 
Uncle Chuck rolls to victory in Los Al Derby (G3)
Saturday, July 4, 2020
Bob Baffert has another strong Kentucky Derby (G1) contender in Uncle Chuck after the 3-year-old colt powered to a four-length victory in the $150,000 Los Alamitos Derby (G3) on Saturday afternoon.

Baffert completed the exacta with Thousand Words, who won the Los Alamitos Futurity last December. Both horses currently have enough points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) to be starters in the Run for the Roses.

Uncle Chuck, who made his debut just last month with a seven-length maiden win at Santa Anita, was the post-time favorite on Saturday. Great Power took the early lead, while Uncle Chuck sat a few lengths off the pacesetter. Luis Saez put Uncle Chuck on even terms with Great Power going into the ar turn, then asserted himself in upper stretch. Thousand Words was clearly second-best.

The final time of 1:47.65 for the 1 1/8-miles was less than a second off the track record.

“He was full of himself when he came back,” said Baffert. “It’s exciting. He’s learning quickly and he has brilliance. I was impressed. I think we just saw something pretty special, and he’s been special from day one.” 

Uncle Chuck is Baffert's fourth straight winner of the Futurity. He has won five of the seven runnings of the race at Los Alamitos, and five renditions when it was run as the Swaps S. at Hollywood Park.

Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman’s Uncle Chuck is now 2-for-2 with earnings of $120,000. 

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