Bob Baffert opens Del Mar’s summer season meet with two victories


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Corridor of Fame coach Bob Baffert had two victories on the opening weekend of Del Mar’s summer meet, three weeks after his 90-day suspension ended.

Havnameltdown received by 2 1/four lengths in his first profession begin in Sunday’s $80,000 fourth race on the seaside monitor north of San Diego. The two-year-old colt is owned by longtime Baffert shoppers Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman.

On Saturday, Baffert received a $16,000 claiming race with Three-year-old colt Sumo.

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Coach Bob Baffert waits for the Breeders’ Cup horse races at Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, Calif., Nov. 5, 2021. Taiba is the slight 7-5 favourite over the undefeated Jack Christopher within the $1 million Haskell Stakes on Saturday, July 23, 2022, the primary main race for Three-year-olds following the Triple Crown. Taiba is skilled by Corridor of Famer Bob Baffert, who’s in search of to increase his stakes file with a 10th Haskell victory at Monmouth Park. 
(AP Photograph/Jae C. Hong, File)

They’re amongst 45 horses Baffert shipped down from his coaching base at Santa Anita close to Los Angeles. He did not enter any of the profitable stakes races on opening weekend of the meet that started Friday.

On Saturday, Taiba completed second by a head for Baffert within the $1 million Haskell Invitational at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park.

Baffert’s prolonged suspension by the Kentucky Horse Racing Fee ended July 2.

HALL OF FAME TRAINER BOB BAFFERT’S HORSE TAIBA IS FAVORITE IN $1 MILLION HASKELL STAKES

Kentucky Derby entrant Taiba gets a bath after a workout at Churchill Downs Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Louisville, Ky. Taiba is the slight 7-5 favorite over the undefeated Jack Christopher in the $1 million Haskell Stakes on Saturday, the first major race for 3-year-olds following the Triple Crown. 

Kentucky Derby entrant Taiba will get a shower after a exercise at Churchill Downs Wednesday, Might four, 2022, in Louisville, Ky. Taiba is the slight 7-5 favourite over the undefeated Jack Christopher within the $1 million Haskell Stakes on Saturday, the primary main race for Three-year-olds following the Triple Crown. 
(AP Photograph/Charlie Riedel, File)

He earned his first victory since coming again within the $125,000 Los Alamitos Derby per week later.

In April, Baffert started serving the suspension for a failed post-race drug take a look at involving Medina Spirit, who completed first within the 2021 Kentucky Derby and was later disqualified. Baffert wasn’t allowed on the grounds at any monitor and his horses have been turned over to different trainers in his absence.

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In this photo provided by Equi-Photo, Haskell contender Taiba, exercise rider Na Somsanit up, is led by groom Roberto Luna after a morning gallop at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, N.J., Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

On this picture supplied by Equi-Photograph, Haskell contender Taiba, train rider Na Somsanit up, is led by groom Roberto Luna after a morning gallop at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, N.J., Wednesday, July 20, 2022.
(Invoice Denver/Equi-Photograph through AP)

In June, the New York Racing Affiliation suspended Baffert for one 12 months for repeated remedy violations, though none of them occurred in New York. That punishment, which bars him from Saratoga, Belmont and Aqueduct, ends Jan. 26.

The 2-time Triple Crown-winning coach stays below a two-year ban by Churchill Downs that can hold him out of the Kentucky Derby for 2 years. He’s suing the Louisville monitor to have it overturned.



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