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Elm Drive, Eda Face Off Again in Del Mar Debutante

Little Red Feather Racing's Elm Drive (Mohaymen) and Baoma Corporation's Eda (Munnings), who were separated by just a head after battling the length of the stretch in the GIII Sorrento S. Aug. 6, renew their rivalry in the GI TVG Del Mar Debutante Sunday. Elm Drive, trained by Phil D'Amato, romped by eight lengths in her five-furlong debut at Los Alamitos June 26 and refused to let Eda by when winning the six-furlong Sorrento. Eda has yet to finish in front in her two-race career. The Bob Baffert trainee inherited...

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Munnings Filly Graduates Via DQ in Arcadia

2nd-Santa Anita, $67,856, Msw, 6-19, 2yo, f, 5f, :58.96, ft, 13 1/2 lengths. EDA (f, 2, Munnings--Show Me, by Lemon Drop Kid) summoned $550,000 from Donato Lanni on behalf of this owner at OBS March after breezing in :10 flat on the Ocala venue's synthetic surface. She was dispatched as the 21-10 second choice in this career bow behind 11-10 stablemate Censorship (Tonalist), who brought $300,000 from longtime Baffert clients Pegram, Watson and Weitman at the same auction. Chasing from second as Ko Olina (Stanford) put up a :22.53 first...

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Taking Stock: Maclean's Music is the Model for Valiant Minister

Last week, I stopped by John and Leslie Malone's 2,200-acre Bridlewood Farm in Ocala before attending the OBS June sale and got a good look at an intriguing freshman sire who'd topped the June sale six years earlier at a then-record price of $680,000. By Candy Ride (Arg) from the unraced Deputy Minister mare Spooky Minister, Valiant Minister was bred by John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale and had breezed a bullet eighth in :9 4/5 for consignor Eddie Woods. He was purchased on the advice of Donato Lanni by Charles...

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Santa Ysabel Rematch in Santa Anita Oaks

After only a head separated Beautiful Gift (Medaglia d'Oro) and Moraz (Empire Maker) in a thrilling renewal of the GIII Santa Ysabel S. Mar. 7, the two sophomore fillies will meet again in Saturday's GII Santa Anita Oaks. The streaking Baoma Corp homebred Beautiful Gift, a half-sister to the Chu Family's GIII Sunland Derby hero and Bridlewood Farm sire Chitu (Henny Hughes), graduated by a half-length at second asking in her previous trip to the post for Bob Baffert Oct. 23. The rail-drawn Don Alberto homebred Moraz, an 11-length maiden...

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Distorted Humor's Varda Upsets Starlet; Princess Noor Pulled Up

Bob Baffert was favored to win his fourth straight renewal of the GI Starlet S. at Los Alamitos Saturday...just with a different horse. Grade I-winning 'TDN Rising Star' Princess Noor (Not This Time) was favored to rebound off a fifth in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Nov. 6, but instead was pulled up and her stablemate Varda (Distorted Humor) took up the baton, springing a 17-1 upset. It was also the fourth consecutive Starlet victory for winning pilot Drayden Van Dyke and the second for Susan and Charlie Chu's...

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Baoma Corp Announces '21 Stud Fees

Baoma Corp released its stud fees for its roster of stallions--Chitu (Henny Hughes--Sea Gift, by A.P. Indy), Valiant Minister (Candy Ride {Arg}--Spooky Minister, by Deputy Minister) and Tunwoo (Medaglia d'Oro--Sea Gift, by A.P. Indy) for the 2021 season.  The stallions are residents of Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Florida. Undefeated at two and a graded winner at three, Chitu retired with four wins from seven starts and earnings of $597,800. At stud, the sophomore stallion currently ranks third in the Florida sire earnings. The 9-year-old's fee has been reduced to $3,500...

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Filly on a Mission: Daughter of Into Mischief Garners Rising Stardom for Baffert

Baoma Corporation's $750,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga buy Private Mission (Into Mischief) led home a one-two finish of promising fillies for the Bob Baffert barn Sunday to earn the 'TDN Rising Star' distinction. Backed as the even-money choice off a series of works that had churned up some buzz (click for XBTV video of Oct. 5 breeze in company with $1.3-million colt American Admiral {American Pharoah}), the bay showed good early speed to sit in second locked on to the pacesetter. She took over after a :45.23 half, and only stablemate Frosteria...

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Multiple Grade I Winner Bast to Be Offered at Fasig-Tipton November

Three-time Grade I winner Bast (Uncle Mo), in foal to Triple Crown winner Justify (Scat Daddy), will be offered at this year's Fasig-Tipton November Sale through Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, who will consign the 3-year-old bay on behalf of owner Charles Chu's Baoma Corporation. The only three-time Grade I winning filly of her crop in the U.S., she is also the only Grade I-winning juvenile filly of that crop to add a graded stakes victory at three. Trained throughout her career by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, she established...

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Monday's Insights: Saratoga, Del Mar Meets End with a Bang

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 3rd-Saratoga, $72k, Msw, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 12:33 p.m. Bill Mott saddles Godolphin's debuting SERENE (Tapit), an $800,000 Keeneland September Yearling purchase last year. The chestnut filly is a daughter of multiple Grade I-placed Fascinating (Smart Strike). Out of graded stakes winner Untouched Talent (Storm Cat), Fascinating is a half-sister to Grade I winner Bodemeister (Empire Maker). Also debuting is Peter Brant's Editor at Large (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}). The Chad Brown trainee was a 260,000gns purchase at last year's Tattersalls October sale. Todd...

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Distorted Humor Filly Rolls in Del Mar Unveiling

3rd-Del Mar, $55,000, Msw, 8-30, 2yo, f, 6f, 1:11.67, ft. VARDA (f, 2, Distorted Humor--She'll Be Right, by Sky Mesa), sent off at 5-1 in this debut, battled with I'm the Boss of Me (Midshipman) just in front to her inside for the first quarter mile and soon led by a half-length. After a half in :46.36, she jetted away from her foes to win going away by 3 1/4 lengths. Heels Up (Twirling Candy) ran second, 7 1/2 lengths in front of I'm the Boss of Me. The $700,000...

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Happy Days at Del Mar: Baffert Street Sense Filly a 'Rising Star'

Happier (f, 3, Street Sense--On My Way, by Giant's Causeway), a $800,000 KEESEP yearling graduate, ran to the money in her unveiling for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert at Del Mar Friday evening, earning 'TDN Rising Star' honors. The 6-5 favorite shot out to the front from her inside draw and led through fractions of :22.71 and :45.89. She widened the margin as they turned for home and kept on rolling down the stretch to graduate by 3 1/4 lengths over stablemate Himiko (American Pharoah). Happier was the most expensive...

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Bast Bred to Quality Road

Multiple Grade I winner Bast (Uncle Mo--Laffina, by Arch) has been bred to Quality Road, Susan and Charles Chu's Baoma Corporation announced Thursday. Susan Chu said it was still to be decided if the 3-year-old would be offered at public auction this fall or kept for the Baoma Corp.'s broodmare band. Bast won last year's GI Del Mar Debutante S., GI Chandelier S., and GI Starlet S. and was third in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. In her only sophomore start, Bast captured the Jan. 5 GII Santa Ynez...

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