It’s time to show to the Reply Man this week so he can cope with a few of your questions and clear out the mailbox:
Q: Are you able to replace us on the newest Bob Baffert information relating to his standing for the 2022-23 Kentucky Derbies?
A: As issues stand now, Baffert is prohibited by Churchill Downs from racing on the historic venue. His horses are nonetheless unable to earn Kentucky Derby qualifying factors, and that may turn out to be a serious drawback for his homeowners when the main Derby preps that provide probably the most factors start.
We’re nonetheless ready for the Kentucky Racing Fee to rule on Medina Spirit’s victory in final fall’s Derby. The colt, who died final month following a exercise at Santa Anita, failed a post-race drug take a look at that would immediate his disqualification and make runner-up Mandaloun the official winner. When that ruling comes down is anybody’s guess.
In accordance with a narrative within the New York Instances this week, Baffert is threatening to sue Churchill Downs if the observe doesn’t carry the two-year ban handed down in Might. The observe’s response: We’ll see you in courtroom.It’s a messy state of affairs that doesn’t determine to be ironed out anytime quickly.
Q: I preserve seeing a jockey’s identify within the Santa Anita program that I’d by no means seen earlier than. His identify is Wayne Barnett. Are you able to inform us something about him? The place he’s from? His age? Background?
A: Barnett, 56, received his begin within the early ’80s driving at Hazel Park in Michigan. He apprenticed for Corridor of Famer Angel Cordero Jr. and rode within the 1985 Preakness Stakes. When a stroke affected the usage of his proper hand within the mid-90s, he retired. He tried a short comeback in 2009-10 with little success earlier than returning in 2016 after he seen he was near his previous driving weight.
A local of Inkster, Michigan, Barnett has ridden largely at Hazel Park, Mountaineer, Finger Lakes and Hawthorne throughout his profession. Most of his mounts nowadays come at Santa Anita and Turf Paradise. He’s 5 victories shy of 1,000 lifetime, a milestone that he hopes to achieve earlier than he hangs ’em up for good.
Q: You talked about final month that Flightline is among the finest sprinters you’ve ever seen. Are you able to examine him to any horse up to now?
A: Simple. Spectacular Bid. Whereas Flightline has an extended strategy to go earlier than matching the Bid’s sensational profession, he’s off to an incredible begin. He’s received his first three races by a mixed 37 1/2 lengths, together with final month’s Malibu Stakes when he placed on a present, profitable his stakes debut by 11 1/2 lengths whereas geared down by jockey Flavien Prat.
Flightline has but to hold his velocity two turns, like Spectacular Bid, however Prat instructed coach John Sadler that he doesn’t suppose the added distances will pose an issue. Plans are to stretch out Flightline in his subsequent begin.
Q: Wow. Is there a motive nowadays to wager on anybody aside from Flavien Prat or John Velazquez at Santa Anita? When was the final time two riders dominated like this on the Nice Race Place?
A: Prat (21 victories) and Velazquez (17) have actually dominated by way of the primary eight days of the 78-day meet. In accordance with Santa Anita’s Amy Zimmerman, Santa Anita had run 76 races heading into Friday’s eight-race card, which means Prat and Velazquez have mixed to win 50% of them, with 18 seconds and 14 thirds from a complete of 100 mounts.
In 1982-83, Chris McCarron (135) and Laffit Pincay Jr. (121) dominated the jockey standings. Kent Desormeaux (112) and Corey Nakatani (107) had issues just about their very own approach in 1994-95.
Q: Nonetheless on the Corniche bandwagon lower than 4 months away from the Kentucky Derby?
A: I’ve but to see a colt or filly that may sustain with Corniche, though it’s early and a number of 3-year-olds have but to even make their debuts.
In fact, Jack Christopher deserves a number of consideration. Scratched the day earlier than the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar final fall, the Munnings colt has received his lone two begins, together with the Grade I Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 2, by a mixed 11 1/2 lengths. He hasn’t gone two turns but, however his breeding means that received’t be an issue.
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