TDN RISING STARS

November 6, 2016 - Santa Anita, Race 7, Msw, USD $52,000, 7F

Beach Bum, C, 2, 2014 by Arch

1st Dam: Chili Cat, by Storm Cat
2nd Dam: Matlacha Pass, by Seeking the Gold
3rd Dam: Our Country Place, by Pleasant Colony

Owner: Gary & Mary West
Breeder: Double K LLC & Helen C. Alexander (KY)
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Beach Bum backed up an imposing worktab with a dominant first-out score on closing day at Santa Anita to become the newest ‘TDN Rising Star’, capping off a huge weekend for the Bob Baffert barn. Sizzling five furlongs from the gate in Arcadia in :58 2/5 Oct. 12, the $400,000 Keeneland September buy most recently turned in two more solid five-panel breezes, finishing his preparation by going the distance in 1:00 1/5 Oct. 31. Taking some early nibbles before drifting up to 26-5 by post, the handsome dark bay came away well and stalked the pace from a close fifth past a :21.84 quarter and moved up three wide heading into the bend after a half in an enervating :44.39. Kicking on by himself at the top of the lane, Beach Bum never gave any closers a chance, finishing full of run to romp by 5 1/2 lengths in 1:22.83. Royal Mo (Uncle Mo) ran on well to complete the exacta after a slow break. The winner is a half to Cat’s Claw (Dynaformer), SW, $189,502, while his dam is a half to MGISWs Point of Entry (Dynaformer) and Pine Island (Arch). This is also the family of 2005 GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff heroine Pleasant Home (Seeking the Gold), MGSW/MGISP Country Hideaway (Seeking the Gold), champion Sky Beauty (Blushing Groom {Fr}) and MGISW Maplejinsky (Nijinsky II). A full-sister to Beach Bum is selling this week at Keeneland November in foal to American Pharoah as Hip #134. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $31,200.

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